This Simms brand of biltong is distributed by Aldi Inc., and it is based out of Batavia, Illinois. Aldi is a very large company with grocery stores located in at least 18 countries around the world. This biltong is manufactured by the private label company Marfood USA, located in Taylor, Michigan, as far as we know.
The next review on the Simms biltong will be on a 2.25 ounce/64 gram bag of their original flavored beef biltong. This bag was purchased at an Aldi store in Niagara Falls, New York.
Ingredients: Beef, Vinegar, Contains 2% or Less of: Salt, Raisin Juice Concentrate, and Spices.
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.
marinade is comprised of only healthy vinegar.
There are some healthy ingredients used such as interesting raisin juice concentrate and spices, which likely includes coriander.
As a general rule, biltong is healthier than jerky because no enzymes are destroyed in the drying process, where the intact enzymes help break down the beef in our bodies.
The sugar level is perfect at having no sugar per 28 grams of biltong. The salt level is sort of high at 425mg of salt per 28 grams of biltong to lose a rating. Our preference is 350mg of salt or less per 28 grams of biltong.
This biltong does qualify to have no sodium nitrite. Instead, salt is the main preservative, and to a lesser degree, healthy vinegar. Commendably, this biltong does qualify to have no MSG added.
Decent (7/10) – Ingredient Rating
SIMMS – ORIGINAL BEEF BILTONG
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I open the bag, I believe I smell the raisins from the raisin juice concentrate. The pieces are small, thin, dry, and shiny, just the same as any other biltong we’ve tried. There is no oily residue left on your fingers.
The first flavors I encounter are salt, pepper, garlic, onion, and vinegar. As per the other biltong we’ve tried, this is similar, which is extremely tasty. D*mn, this biltong is scrumptious, delectable, exquisite, fabulous, very much like “more”. I believe I even remotely detect the raisin, which is also tasty.
Copious amounts of high-fives to the latest crack-in-a-bag, otherwise known as Simms original beef biltong. Somehow we need to make 30/10 an option. Two extremely impressed thumbs up, up, way up. 👍👍
Here is what Stéphane had to say: “The Simms Original Beef Biltong is quite tasty. It is salty, a little peppery, and has nice undertones of acidity. The strips are sliced thinly and have a pleasant texture and mouthfeel. This biltong has a clean taste from the first bite and it is not overly done in any way.”
“I do enjoy this Simms Original Beef Biltong but it leaves an after-taste in the mouth. I’d rate this biltong a 9/10 taste rating.”
Here is what Mark had to say about this original beef biltong flavor from Simms: “Thanks Paul and Stéphane for the great taste reviews. Yes, it’s good to review biltong again. We are obviously huge fans of biltong, and this flavor does not disappoint. There are the classic flavors of salt, natural beef, no sweetness, coriander, and of course vinegar. Using raisin juice concentrate is a super interesting choice, and works beautifully. As a side note, I thoroughly enjoyed the aftertaste from this biltong.
Now for biltong, we are going to be a little stricter in our rating. Biltong is supposed to be air-dried, which results in a texture of beef that melts in your mouth. I do believe based on the texture that this biltong was air-dried, but this texture does quite melt in your mouth compared to regular biltong.”
Due to COVID-19, we are down to three people in this review from the Group of Seven. Mark M. thought that this biltong was the best tasting ‘jerky’ since he joined the Group of Seven over a year ago, and is the first time that he had ever tried biltong. As a general rule, biltong is fantastic tasting, and superior to jerky. This biltong certainly is addictive and comes across as authentic tasting. There is zero fat present, which quite often is a staple for biltong, but it’s not a requirement. Again, my only complaint is about the texture not quite coming across as being air-dried for 17-21 days.”
This 2.25 ounce/64 gram bag cost $3.99. That works out to a fairly cheap price of $1.77 an ounce.
Very Good (9/10) – Taste Rating
This resealable plastic bag has everything imprinted on to the bag itself, both on the front and back. No labels are affixed to this bag. There are light pictures in the background of what appears to be Africa with elephants and giraffes. A high resolution of biltong strips is displayed.
There is no slogans printed on this bag. Some facts printed are “Excellent Source of Protein”, “16g Protein”, “0g Carbs”, “90 Calories”, “0g Sat Fat”, “425mg Sodium”, “0g Total Sugar”, “No Preservative”, “Nitrate Free”, and “No MSG”.
The only missing bag categories are a best before date, and a window to view the actual biltong. There is a batch number given, which could translate to a best before date. There are good blurbs printed on the back and front about biltong. Admirably, Aldi Inc. offers a “Double Guarantee”, where they will both replace your product, and refund your money if you are not satisfied.
Valdene Inlow says
I grew up in South Africa, and among the many things I enjoyed eating over there, biltong was one of them. Since moving to the USA in 1980, I tried beef jerky, but it was not the same. I was so excited to discover “SIMMS Original Beef Biltong” at Aldis. YUM!!! It truly tastes like the biltong made in South Africa! I have bought packets for other family members to try, and they all agree with me. I am a total fan!!
Jerky Ingredients says
Agreed Valdene. Good to be validated by someone who grew up in South Africa, where biltong is a staple of the diet. This particular review has since become very popular. I had low expectations buying this biltong but was blown away by how authentic tasting this biltong tasted. Good to see American’s learning the virtues of biltong over jerky.
The South Africa connection is interesting — I would never have guessed. However, I bought it because of the wholesome ingredients.
My bag must have been made from the worst batch of meat ever. You chew forever and end up with a mass of unchewable fiber in your mouth to spit out. Tastes and looks great but is about half meat and half gristle. I will return it and try again.
Tammy Wilmot says
I to am South African, and only recently discovered this biltong.
Until now I have been making my own.
This biltong is enjoyable, but I would like it to have a stronger coriander and vinegar taste.
The raisin juice is interesting, I am undecided about it, but it doesnt make it terrible.
I would greatly appreciate this product having a stronger coriander and vinegar taste.
On the whole it isnt bad at all, I would rate it a 6.5/ 10 only because I want the stronger flavors.