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 next review on Feed The Viking will focus on a 1.8 ounce/50 gram bag of their Sweet & Spicy flavored beef jerky. The bag was kindly submitted for review by Head of Sales & Marketing, Daniel Danielsson.
Ingredients: Beef (Bos tarus) (225g of Raw Meat per 100g of Finished Product), Salt, Sugar, Garlic Powder, Black Pepper, Chili Powder, Spice Extract, Antioxidant (E316), Preservative (E202).
Icelandic cattle are used, where the cattle were introduced to the island a 1,000 years ago. The cattle qualify to have free-range access, 100% grass-fed, and ethically raised. 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 garlic powder, black pepper, chili powder, and spice extract.
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 – SWEET & SPICY BEEF JERKY
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I open the bag I smell basically only natural beef, which is likely a good thing. The pieces of jerky are smell to medium in size, and they are dry and chewy, just the way our forefathers intended. There is no oily residue.
The first flavours I encounter are salt, pepper, slight sweet, definitely at a good level, garlic, along with an ever so slight kick, more of a tang, a slightly spicy kick maybe at best, almost like chili flakes. The natural beef flavor is very present, which is a good thing.
My oh my, Feed The Viking is not disappointing, this jerky is extremely tasty, they certainly know how to make tasty jerky way up there in Iceland. I am very duly impressed, the heat kicks up a bit as you eat more pieces, but it never reaches a very spicy level, which is fine, because the general consumption crowd probably prefers it that way.
Feed The Viking, your different types and flavors of jerky have been an enjoyable, sometimes enlightening experience (of course in a positive way), and I can only invite others to join us here at jerkyingredients.com, as we have sampled all of your flavors, and we find them to be quite an enjoyable experience. Your latest flavor- is worthy of another 10/10. Ljuffengur!!!
Here is what Mark had to say about this sweet & spicy beef jerky flavor from Feed The Viking: “Thanks Paul for the honest, enthusiastic taste review. Agreed that this flavor is not particularly spicy or sweet but on point. If this flavor were named sweet & hot it would earn a taste rating deduction.”
“Advertised to be air dried, a rare thing for jerky that tends to result in a texture that more melts in your mouth. While this texture shows signs of being air dried, what easily steals the show here is the natural flavor of Icelandic beef. This Icelandic beef is richer in a gamier beef flavor compared to any North American beef jerky, and this tends to only happen when we review international beef jerky. Bottom line is that Icelandic beef is absolutely delicious. Take a bow Feed The Viking, a very enthusiastic two thumbs up!!👍👍”
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 on 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 “46% Protein”, “Family Farmed”, “Grass Fed”, and “Made in Iceland”.
All bag categories are covered. There is a great blurb printed on the back about Icelandic Cattle and this beef jerky.
Excellent (10/10) – Bag Rating
Order their jerky online: www.feedtheviking.com
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