Trader Joe’s Organic (gluten-free) Beef Jerky


There is nothing better on a road trip than beef jerky. Jerky is a snack that is salty and sweet, takes a bit to eat or gnaw in some cases, is low in fat and high in protein, and doesn’t leave crumbs everywhere. The only problem with beef jerky is that it is made with soy sauce, which has wheat in it.

While shopping at Trader Joe’s yesterday I ran across some beef jerky that said “gluten-free” right on the front of the package. Well giddy-up this cowgirl could most definitely go for some beef jerky. I have a trip coming up and this is easy to pack so I’ll pick some up to try out.

I’m not sure if you’ve read any of my other posts, but I have very little self-control. As soon as I got home I grabbed for the bag of jerky to try it out. Sorry to say, but I was unimpressed. I was so excited about the prospect of jerky, but what a let down. The flavor was very sweet with little to no salt. I know that Trader Joe’s has a tendency to make their food low in salt, but this was more like no salt. The bag says, “natural smoke flavoring added” which I understand as liquid smoke not the flavor of smoke that comes from actually smoking the beef. The texture was all wrong, almost like a thick piece of fruit leather. When I bit into it there wasn’t any resistance. It wasn’t the way I like my jerky. I like some resistance when I bite in, a little bit of toughness mixed with chewiness.

Looks like Trader Joe’s Organic Beef Jerky was not a keeper. It wasn’t very tasty, it didn’t have a very good texture and it won’t be going on my next trip with me.

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