The first review for Sue’s Jerky will be on a 1.4 ounce/40 gram bag of their crushed ginger flavoured beef jerky. The flavour is described as a light and lively snack with a refreshing kick. The jerky was kindly submitted for review by the business development manager, Ivan Yuen.
Sue first introduced her one-of-a-kind Sue’s Jerky to the world during Expo ’86 in Vancouver. Inspired by her travels, and family recipes from Southeast Asia, all of Sue’s Jerky is hand-prepared in Richmond, British Columbia. Sue’s passion for making great jerky comes through from selection of raw materials prepared to the perfect tenderness. Starting in Sue’s kitchen in 1985, Sue brings jerky back to the basics: hard work, classic family recipes, and quality ingredients. Marinated and dried to perfection, Sue has a passion in crafting healthy and delicious jerky. There are currently six delectable beef and pork jerky flavors available.
Ingredients: Beef, Cane Sugar, Soy Sauce (Water, Wheat, Soybeans, Salt), Glucose, Ginger, Onion, Spices, Sea Salt, Paprika Extract. Allergen Warnings: Soy, Wheat
The beef used is not guaranteed to be free of growth hormones or additional antibiotics. Also, the beef is not guaranteed to have at least partial free range access to graze on grass. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Good (8/10) rating.
The liquid marinade is only comprised of a decent soy sauce.
There are some healthy ingredients used such as ginger, onion, spices, and paprika extract. Ginger offers many health benefits, acting as an anti-inflammatory with its powerful medicinal properties.
The level of sugar is unbelievably high at near 10 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 3 grams of sugar or less per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is decent at around 308mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky.
This jerky does qualify to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservatives. Instead, the main preservative used is minimally processed sea salt. Commendably, there is no MSG added.
Decent (7/10) – Ingredient Rating
These strips of jerky are small in size, and mostly sliced thick. The texture is between dry and soft, being reasonably easy to chew. There are no visible signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
The first taste detected is a moderately strong level of ginger, but not overwhelming. Intentionally mixed in is a high level of sweetness, common among Asian based flavors, and a little too sweet tasting for us, but pairs well with the ginger flavor. Also added are some spices that give this flavor an Asian flair.
At light levels are the soy, garlic, and salt. With the high level of sweetness, the natural beef flavor is muted to a certain extent. Overall, this jerky nails the ginger flavor, but is arguably too sweet tasting.
A dozen of these Sue’s Jerky 1.4 ounce/40 gram bags sell online for $47.88. That works out to $2.85 an ounce, which rates as a borderline average price. This crushed ginger flavour is surely recommended if you enjoy the flavor of ginger, and sweetness.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This non-resealable plastic bag has everything imprinted on to the bag itself, both on the front and back. The Sue’s Jerky logo is a cow between the numbers 19 and 85, meaning Sue start making jerky in 1985.
The Sue’s Jerky slogan is “Hand Prepared From Our Family Recipes”. Some facts printed on this bag are “High in Protein”, “Ready To Eat”, “Now in Bite-Size”, and “Nitrate and Preservative Free”.
All bag categories are covered with this jerky bag. The only complaint is that some of fine print on the back of the bag is illegible. There are great blurbs printed on the bag about Sue’s Jerky, and this sweet sesame flavor. You are encouraged to follow Sue on Twitter, Facebook, and Instagram.
Order their jerky online: www.suesjerky.com
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