The first review on Beretta will focus on a 1.7 ounce/50 gram bag of their original flavoured beef jerky. This original flavour is described as being full of exceptional beefy flavour, naturally smoked to give it a full flavour, and unique to the jerky market. The bag was purchased at an Alloro Fine Foods store in Nobleton, Ontario, Canada.
Beretta is distributed by Beretta Farms, and they are located in Toronto, Ontario, Canada. In 1992, newlyweds Mike and Cynthia Beretta purchased their first farm in rural Ontario, with no prior farming experience. The focus was to raise and grow everything organically. After 1996, the ‘Beretta Butcher Shop’ was opened. By 1999, Cynthia realized that they needed to be closer to an urban area, and bought a farm closer to Toronto, Ontario. Over the next decade, the popularity of animals raised organically, growth hormone free, grass-fed, etc. grew to the point where Beretta Farms could not keep up with demand. They reached out to ranching families across Canada, primarily in Western Canada, to raise Beretta animals using the same practices and values. Today, Beretta is compromised of over 40 multi-generational and family owned ranches. Beef jerky is just one of many products sold.
Beretta’s antibiotic & hormone free products are raised the way nature intended them to be. These animals are never needled, enjoy a vegetarian feed, and are part of a sustainable program from conception to consumption. They always have access to the outdoors and clean drinking water. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is Very Good (9/10).
There is no liquid marinade used, where you could call this old fashioned jerky, or a dry rub.
The sugar level is perfect at 0 grams of sugar. The salt level is somewhat high at around 392mg of salt per 28 grams of jerky. However, the salt level is negated because healthy minimally processed sea salt is used.
This jerky qualifies to have no sodium nitrite, or any other similar unhealthy preservative. Instead, sea salt is the main preservative used, and to a lesser degree cultured celery juice powder. With more kudos to Beretta Farms, this jerky has no MSG added.
Written by guest jerky reviewer Stéphane Leclerc
The Beretta – Antibiotic, Steroid, & Growth Hormone Free Beef Jerky is almost a real Carnivore’s dream! This amazing beef is sublime and so flavorful, it is almost sinful.
The first taste is a remarkable beef flavor sprinkled with sea salt. This is certainly not your average beef jerky. It is rich in flavor and most decadent with subtle smoky notes, which rounds off the flavor nicely.
This high quality beef has a beautiful nutty flavor and a slight sweetness of natural beef. It asserts freshness and pure goodness with a rich buttery finish. I am dazzled by this very tasty beef jerky, the beef flavor shines and it is perfectly showcased. The focus is entirely on the beef itself and its succulent natural beef flavor without any interference or distraction from competing flavors.
The flavor of this beef is what sets this jerky apart from most other jerky. A beautiful red hue can be seen while pulling these strips apart, this is due to the natural nitrates occurring in the celery juice used as a natural preservative.
The texture is on the soft and tender side and reasonably easy to chew. These strips of jerky are cut small and sliced to a medium and almost borderline thin thickness. They will leave a slight oily residue on your fingers.
This exceptional jerky is cleverly crafted and Beretta Farm’s great attention to detail confirms their following statement: ‘Our jerky is full of exceptional beefy flavor and unique to the jerky market’.
I highly recommend Beretta’s Antibiotic, Steroid, & Hormone Free Beef Jerky; it is as simple as it gets with only natural Angus beef, sea salt, and a hint of smokiness. It is packed full of rich flavor and we all agreed and rated this beautiful Beefy Treat 10/10.
This 1.7 ounce/50 gram bag of jerky was purchased at a ridiculously high price of $11.99. That works out to $6.81 an ounce, which would rate as an extremely expensive price. The price is over 50% cheaper if you order 8 bags online.
This plastic non-resealable bag has everything imprinted on the bag itself, both on the front and back. The front has a high resolution picture of jerky strips, albeit the actual jerky strips are much darker in appearance.
The Beretta slogan is “Sharing What Matters”. Some facts printed on this bag are “21g of Protein Per Serving”, “Made With Canadian Angus Beef”, “Made With Beef Raised Without The Use of Antibiotics, Hormones or Steroids”, “Naturally Smoked”, “Beef Raised in Canada”, “Suggested Serving”, and “Gluten Free, Soy Free, No Nitrites Added Except Those Naturally Occurring in the Cultured Celery”.
All bag categories are covered with this bag. As per Canadian law, French translations are provided. There is a great blurb printed on the back about Beretta Farms. The @berretafarms social media handle is provided for Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and Pinterest.
Visit their web site: www.berettafarms.com
Order their jerky online: www.frozenbutcher.ca