The first review for The Bored Butcher will focus on a 2.1 ounce/60 gram bag of their original flavored beef jerky. This jerky was kindly submitted for review by co-owners Gabriel Amador and Gabriel Costa.
The Bored Butcher is distributed by Amcofood S.A., and is located in Guayaquil, Guayas, Ecuador. Gabriel Amador, Gabriel Costa, and Daniel Costa officially launched The Bored Butcher jerky brand in December 2016. Locally sourced Ecuadorian cattle are used, which are mostly grass-fed, and the cows have plenty of room to roam about, the way nature intended. The Bored Butcher advertises their jerky to be minimally processed, no preservatives, and low on sugar. There are currently four flavors for sale, and a web site will eventually be launched.
Ingredients: Carne de Res Deshidratada, Vinagre, Azucar Morena, Sal, Paprika, Ajo, Cebolla.
Ingredients: Dehydrated Beef, Vinegar, Brown Sugar, Salt, Paprika, Garlic, Onion.
The Ecuadorian beef used here is guaranteed to be ethically raised, meaning free of growth hormones or additional antibiotics. These cattle also are guaranteed to have at least partial free range access to roam about. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Very Good (9/10) rating.
The only liquid marinade used here is healthy vinegar.
Some healthy ingredients are used such as paprika, garlic, and onion. Both garlic and onion belong to the allium family, which interestingly aids people differently depending on the individual’s needs.
The sugar level is acceptable at around 3 grams of sugar per 28 grams of jerky. The salt level is kind of high at around 400mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. Our preference is 350mg 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 salt, and vinegar to a lesser degree. Commendably, there is no MSG added.
Very Good (9/10) – Ingredient Rating
These strips of jerky are medium in size, and sliced thin. The texture is quite dry, but tends to dissolve in your mouth after a while being mixed in with your saliva. There are no visible signs of fat, and handling this jerky leaves no oily residue on your fingers.
The first taste detected is a mild level of salt. Chewing more brings on a great combination of garlic and onion. A mild sourness from the vinegar blends in well, where this flavor just gets better tasting as you consume more strips.
Little sweetness is present, which allows a good deal of natural beef flavor, just the way it should be for an original flavor. A faint taste of paprika tends to finish off this flavor. Overall, a very tasty, enjoyable flavor that is surprisingly addictive.
A 2.1 ounce/60 gram bag sells for $7.00. That works out to $3.33 an ounce, which rates as an expensive price. This original flavor is absolutely recommended if you enjoy garlic, onion, and vinegar.
Excellent (10/10) – Taste Rating
This clear resealable plastic bag has labels attached to both the front and back. The Bored Butcher logo has a cleaver and fork crisscrossed.
The Bored Butcher slogans are “Hand-Crafted Snacks” and “South American Beef Our Way”. Some facts printed on this bag are “High Protein”, “Low Sugar”, “Soy Free”, “G F” (Gluten-Free), “Dehydrated Meat”, “High in Salt (In red, meaning the opposite of low in salt), “Low in Sugar”, and “Low in Fat”. An “Ecuador First” logo is printed, and another logo indicating that the plastic bag is reusable.
The only bag category missing is a best before date. A lot number is provided, which could translate to a best before date. A blurb is printed on the back about The Bored Butcher written in Spanish. Admirably, a phone number and email address are provided for customer inquiries. The @TheBoredButcher social media handle is displayed.
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