Feed The Viking’s story began on a dark and stormy night. Huddled on an icy plateau, the Icelandic Search and Rescue team had been called out to help weary hikers make their way back down to safety. A bag of American beef jerky was passed between shivering hands, and replenished, the hikers had the energy to trek back down the mountain.
Inspired by this experience, Feed The Viking founder Fridrik Gudjonsson realized that Icelandic Lamb, Beef, and Cod would be ideal for making jerky just as the Vikings did centuries ago. Raised on grass and wild herbs, Icelandic Lamb is particularly prized for its delicate herb-infused flavor. And so, Feed the Viking was born in 2016, with a mission to create adventure-friendly jerky from premium-quality Icelandic protein.
Today, the company’s product range includes four types of jerky: Icelandic Lamb, lightly seasoned with sea salt and herbs; sweet and spicy Beef; and Wild Atlantic Cod, with and without White Cheddar.
Feed The Viking jerky brand is distributed under the name of Feed The Viking, ehf., and it is located in Reykjavic, Capital Area, Iceland. This jerky is manufactured by Nordlenska, ehf., and it is located in Akureyri, North Iceland, Iceland.
The first review on Feed The Viking will focus on a 1.8 ounce/50 gram bag of their Sea Salt & Herbs flavored lamb jerky. The bag was kindly submitted for review by Head of Sales & Marketing, Daniel Danielsson.
Ingredients: Lamb (Ovis aries) from solid pieces of Leg Meat (225g of Raw Meat per 100g of Finished Product), Spice Blend (Sea Salt, Sugar, Parsley, Sage, Thyme, Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, mint), Antioxidant (#316), Preservative (E202).
Icelandic lambs are released to graze freely in the rolling valleys and mountain pastures of their pure, unspoiled, and nutrient-rich landscape. This means they are free-range and free from growth-promoting antibiotics, ethically raised, and are non-GMO. For more information visit www.icelandiclamb.is. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is Excellent (10/10).
There is no liquid marinade used. Some people refer to that as old fashioned jerky or a dry rub.
There are healthy ingredients added, such as parsley, sage, thyme, garlic powder, black pepper, and mint.
International jerky seems to measure their quantities different than North America in the nutrition facts table. Based on taste alone, it’s not all that sweet-tasting, and healthy minimally processed sea salt is used.
This jerky does not qualify to have no sodium nitrite added as antioxidant #316 (sodium erythorbate) and preservative E202 (potassium sorbate) are used as preservatives to lose a rating. Admirably, this jerky qualifies to have no MSG added.
Very Good (9/10) – Ingredient Rating
FEED THE VIKING – SEA SALT & HERBS LAMB JERKY
When I open the bag, I smell an alien scent. I can’t put my finger on what I am smelling. The jerky is generally medium in size, and it is sliced somewhat thick. The jerky is relatively rigid and dry, just the way our forefathers intended. There is no oily residue left on your fingers handling these jerky strips.
When I bite into the jerky, I taste strong salt, which I like, mildly sweet, which I also like, garlic, and I do detect certain herbs, but naming the herbs is not my strong point, so they shall remain nameless.
The sea salt is a hit. Intense salt is very favorable to me. While I can’t name the herbs, I can certainly detect that they are there, so the jerky is hitting on all the listed flavors, and I am indubitably impressed overall with the various flavors, we have ourselves a winner here. It is high on the “Wow” factor, and tastes like “more”.
Ragnar von Ragnarson and his family endorse this jerky, and this Canadian dude concurs when it comes to tasty jerky, Iceland rocks!!
Ladies and gentlemen, one very important point to remember is, don’t forget to “Feed the Vikings”!!!
A very enthusiastic two thumbs way up!!!👍👍 A no-doubter 10/10.
Here is what Mark had to say about this original lamb jerky flavor from Feed The Viking: “Thanks Paul for the enthusiastic and creative taste review. Stéphane was equally impressed with this lamb, stating that the herbs blend in wonderfully with the lamb’s distinct taste. The lamb is not even remotely gamey tasting. With the spice blend, this jerky comes across as wholesome tasting reminding you of homemade jerky.”
“Not necessarily a complaint but an observation. Mint is one of the spices used, which can easily overpower in taste. The minty flavor is certainly noticeable, which is not exactly my cup of tea in jerky but that is only a personal bias. Other people tried this jerky as well and nothing but praise was given. A well-deserved Excellent (10/10) taste rating it is. Take a bow Feed The Viking.”
This 1.8 ounce/50 gram bag costs $9.99 USD. That works out to $5.50 an ounce, which rates at an expensive price.
Excellent (10/10) – Taste Rating
This orange-colored resealable plastic bag has everything printed directly to the bag both on the front and back. The Feed The Viking logo shows half of a viking from the head up.
There are no slogans printed on this bag. Some facts printed on this bag are “42% Protein”, “Non GMO”, “Free Range”, “Icelandic Lamb Roaming Since 874”, “Traditional Viking Superfood”, “Dating Back To The 9th Century”, and “Made in Iceland”.
All bag categories are covered. There is a great blurb printed on the back about Icelandic Lamb and this lamb jerky.
Excellent (10/10) – Bag Rating
Order their jerky online: www.feedtheviking.com
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