Elfinwild Farms Beef Jerky is one of the newest jerky makers to enter the market, officially debuting in August 2021. With ten years of recipe development, eight years of market research, six years of product testing, and four years of process refining, they were ready to make the jump. Elfinwild Farms Beef Jerky uses only top-inside round Angus, claiming that this cut of beef yields the best results.
For Elfinwild Farms Beef Jerky it all comes down to consistency, time, and temperature. Marinating allows all the ingredients time to penetrate the meat to both flavor and tenderize it. Dehydrating brings the meat to the right temperature and allows just the right amount of moisture to evaporate to preserve it effectively. Resting time is the key to locking in the flavor and bringing all the jerky to the right moisture content that allows it to remain bendable and tender, not dry and brittle like many of our competitors.
The first review on Elfinwild Farms Beef Jerky will focus on a 3.5 ounce/100 gram bag of their original recipe flavored beef jerky. This flavor is described as having a mild heat with flavor notes of hickory smoke and garlic. The jerky was kindly submitted for review by the founder, Michael J. Mihuc.
The Angus beef used is ethically raised, meaning it is guaranteed to be free of growth hormones and additional antibiotics. The cattle is not guaranteed to have free range access to roam about and graze on grass the way nature intended. As a result, the highest ingredient rating that can be awarded is a Very Good (9/10) rating.
There is no nutrition facts table provided. As a result, the sugar and salt levels are unknown.
Elfinwild Farms Beef Jerky – Original Recipe Beef Jerky
Written by guest jerky reviewer Paul Rekker
When I cut open the bag I smell soy and vinegar. The jerky is rather large in size, medium in thickness, and is somewhat oily. It definitely leaves some oily residue on your fingers. The jerky is shiny, and I detect a fair amount of fat on the jerky as well, which is always a good thing.
When I bite into the jerky strip, I immediately taste both salt and pepper, along with a solid garlic flavor, to a lesser degree vinegar and soy, and some definitive heat, far more so than any other original flavored jerky. While I (and I suspect Mark as well) both love heat, in order to remain unbiased, I might have to dock a point, which kills me to do it, but we must remain impartial.
Back to the jerky. I am severely enjoying this delectable jerky treat. My heart says a 10/10, but my impartial head is saying 9/10, docking a point for the overuse of heat in this original flavor. A 10/10 for effort though. Gentlemen?
Written by guest jerky reviewer Stéphane Leclerc
This jerky is fantastic. I was originally slightly taken by surprise by its spiciness. I’ve taken several bites since then, and I have reconsidered, this is an amazing jerky, and it explodes with great flavors.
The texture and aroma are remarkable, the beef is fairly lean, and the bite is very clean. There is no doubt from the flavor and texture, this is quality beef and everyone will enjoy it.
The flavor of the beef, the smokiness, the spices, the garlic, and the seasoning is distinct and they create a beautiful flavor profile with great depth of flavors. The strong black pepper goodness along with the spiciness does wonderful things to my palate.
There is a slight sweetness, it does balance the whole experience and creates this amazingly delicious, addictive, and awesome beef jerky. It’s an easy 10 out of 10 taste rating for me.
Here is what Mark had to say about this original recipe beef jerky flavor from Elfinwild Farms Beef Jerky: “Thanks Paul and Stéphane for the spot on taste reviews. I agree with both of your reviews. Overall, this flavor has a solid taste profile. The heat is what concerns me also. An original flavor should have the natural beef flavor as the star of the show and that is the case here. For people who cannot handle any spiciness, an original flavor should be the flavor absent of heat. If this flavor were named Spicy it would easily be awarded a 10 taste rating. Chili flakes are near impossible to spread uniformly across the strips. Some strips have a few too many chili flakes, and as a result, a Very Good (9/10) taste rating will be awarded. Otherwise, an impressive job.
This 3.5 ounce/100 gram bag of jerky sells for $11.95. That works out to $3.28 an ounce, which rates at a expensive price. Free shipping is offered and the price goes down if you order higher quantities.
This clear non-resealable plastic bag has a label affixed to the front and nothing on the back. The bag is vacuum-sealed, the best possible way to keep jerky fresh tasting.
There are no slogans printed on this bag. Some facts printed are “A Mild Heat With Flavor Notes of Hickory Smoke and Garlic” and “100% USDA Certified Top Inside Round Angus Beef”.
Some missing bag categories missing are a best before date, United States Department Agriculture (USDA) inspected stamp, distributor details, jerky weight no stated in grams, nutrition facts table, and bar code.
Order their jerky online: http://efjerky.com