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If I’m being truthful, I must admit that when it comes to snacks most of my favorites aren’t chock full of protein. I do enjoy one snack, however, that is – beef jerky. I started really enjoying jerky about 15 years ago. A friend brought a fresh batch of homemade jerky that she and her husband had made in to work. I’d never had fresh, homemade jerky before then. It only took a few bites for me to be hooked. I grew to enjoy jerky so much that I started using my dehydrator to make it myself. Not everyone has, or wants, a dehydrator. And some folks don’t have the time and/or desire to to put in the work required to get fresh jerky. If you’re one of those people, how then do you get homemade beef jerky? People’s Choice is the answer.
People’s Choice Beef Jerky is a family-run business, operating right here in the United States in Los Angeles. Four generations spanning over 80 years have worked painstakingly to offer jerky with homemade quality and flavor. To keep in line with today’s flavor trends, People’s Choice offers a line of classic recipes that date back to the 1920s along with interesting new flavors. All jerky and beef sticks are high in protein, and are made with extra lean 100% USA beef.
The best way to get a feel for what they offer is to get a People’s Choice Jerky Box. I received a “One Of Everything” jerky box. This box features products from the fan-favorite Classic line, tried & true Old Fashioned line, savory Carne Seca line, the new Tasting Kitchen flavors, and beef sticks.
Classic Premium Beef Jerky – Original, Teriyaki, Hot & Spicy – “Whole cuts of beef are sliced, marinated, and slow-cooked for over two and a half hours at low temperatures to maximize flavor and maintain tenderness of the meat.”
Old Fashioned Original – “An all-natural spice blend featuring cracked black pepper and sea salt is rubbed into thick, cowboy-style cuts of beef then slow-cooked for a minimum of five hours.”
Old Fashioned Hot & Spicy – “An all-natural spice blend featuring cracked red pepper and sea salt is rubbed into thick, cowboy-style cuts of beef then slow-cooked for a minimum of five hours.”
Carne Seca Limón – “Whole cuts of beef are thinly sliced, marinated with lemon juice and an all-natural spice blend featuring sea salt, then slow-cooked for a minimum of two and a half hours.”
Carne Seca Limón con Chile – “Whole cuts of beef are thinly sliced, marinated with lemon juice and an all-natural spice blend featuring cracked red pepper and guajillo chili powder, then slow-cooked for a minimum of two and a half hours.”
Tasting Kitchen Garlic Ginger – “Whole cuts of beef are sliced, deeply marinated with a handmade marinade of garlic, ginger, soy sauce, and sesame flavors, and then slow-cooked for a minimum of two and a half hours.”
Tasting Kitchen Orange Honey Teriyaki – “Whole cuts of beef are sliced, slathered with Teriyaki sauce, orange oil and honey. The thick texture of the marinade gives a nice glaze to the jerky, offering a sticky texture that enhances the flavors.”
Tasting Kitchen Sriracha – “Whole cuts of beef are sliced, slathered with Sriracha sauce and all natural spices, and then slow-cooked for a minimum of two and a half hours.”
Tasting Kitchen Sweet Chili Habanero – “Whole cuts of beef are sliced and then marinated in a dry rub of dried habanero peppers, red chili peppers, and cane sugar. Pineapple juice is added to ensure proper coating of the marinade and then the meat is slow-cooked for a minimum of two and a half hours.”
Beef Sticks (Original, Teriyaki, Hot & Spicy) – “The ingredients and process are special for what’s NOT in the sticks. 100% beef is mixed with an array of spices and cooked to tender perfection.”
The Old Fashioned, Carne Seca, and Tasting Kitchen products are all-natural and contain no additives, no preservatives, and no MSG. Old Fashioned & Carne Seca are also gluten-free.
We’re still making our way through the box. The Classic jerky comes in a 3 oz resealable bag, while the others come in a slightly smaller non-resealable bag. All packaging has expiration dates for early 2017 clearly marked. The quality of the jerky was very impressive, there was virtually no fat at all on any of the pieces. My favorite so far is the Classic Original, followed closely by the Tasting Kitchen Orange Honey Teriyaki. The Orange Honey Teriyaki is a bit different than any other jerky I have had in the past because it’s got a bit of sweetness from the orange in there. Hubby’s favorite is the Old Fashioned Original, followed closely by the Original Beef Stick. He shares my opinion that the flavor of everything is very fresh and distinctive. My oldest really enjoys spice and heat, so it was no surprise that he liked the Hot & Spicy Stick as well as the Tasting Kitchen Sriracha. The texture of all of the products was what we look for in a jerky. If you’re a fan of jerky, be sure to check out People’s Choice.