turkey jerky, but I was afraid I might gobblegobble it all up.
Then I thought maybe I'd get more salmon jerky. I wonder what in the heck spawned that idea.
Then I recalled my coworker promised me some kangaroo jerky, and that made feel very hoppy.
But I got me some Trader Joe's Natural Buffalo Jerky anyways because, umm, Buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo buffalo buffalo Buffalo buffalo? Right. I have no idea what that means, and I'm not even an intimidating American bison from Western New York State.
Nah, I bought the buffalo jerky because of the high recommendations of you, our faithful readers, and needing a shelf stable, tasty, protein-laced snack for work as part of a diet/exercise regimen I'm trying out (down about 4 pounds in a week!). As much as I'd love to have a Foreman grill at my cubicle, I don't think I could swing that. I'd rather fight for a yoga ball to sit (a la the mayor in "Portlandia") on instead of our 0 WAR* office chairs anyways.
You know, I swore I had this a few months back while on a massive jerky tilt, and thought I wasn't too terribly impressed. I remembered dry, tough stringiness without much flavor. Maybe that was just an exceptionally sad sack, or equally as possible, my brain checked out completely, because this is good, good, good jerky. Darn good. Each chunk I sampled was actually soft and tender, like 90% dehydrated slices of buffalo steak rather than jerky. No stringiness. No tough little bits to dig out from molar crevices. Just soft, sweet buffalo meat.
Alan, my loyal jerky companion (who actually did supply some kangaroo jerky, which was also tasty yet strangely reminiscent of a Hebrew National hot dog) agreed, giving a description that only he can. I quote: "More buffalo tender than jerky. Consistent meat, no filler, smooth like
the first hit off a Marlboro Red. Perfection transcended upon the
combination of sugar, soy sauce, and apple cider vinegar. Creeper
spice, nothing on initial tasting,
but snuck up behind and bit the tongue."
I'll tell you what I want, what I really, really want: the term "creeper spice" to catch on. Wonder which one she was. Zig a zig ha!
Seriously, though, good jerky, probably the best I've had in recent memory. Price isn't too bad: $5.99 for a 3.5 ounce bag. You'd be hard-pressed to spend less elsewhere, even at the online mecca of Amazon. Just needs that extra kick of spice, and it'd be a Pantheon shoo-in. As is, it knocks at the very door.
Bottom line: Trader Joe's Natural Buffalo Jerky: 9 out of 10 Golden Spoons
* Sorry, baseball nerd talk....it's almost Opening Day! And yes, our office chairs are Ryan Doumit...at best. Which is kinda appropriate if you think about it.
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You know, just got another bag and had some...this bag is noticeably spicier. If this bag had been reviewed and not the other one, I think we'd have a 10 on our hands!ReplyDelete
I just picked some up today and my mouth is on fire. It was very spicy. This is some seriously good jerky!ReplyDelete
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