Cherky – Jerky – Original

In recent years, Europe has seen the appearance of brands of Beef Jerky, of good quality. And what basically makes us think about the US of A and cowboys often comes from Eastern European countries like Estonia but also from Spain or Asia for the soy-based products. Which is rather good news for those who supplied themselves from the other side of the pond both in terms of price (shipping costs, import taxes, delays, etc.) and quality.

Presentation

Today we will take a closer look at a product from the brand Cherky, a very recent Spanish company founded by three friends in 2017 and more specifically the original version of their Eco Beef Jerky.

First of all, their products are organic and preservative-free, which is not the case with all Jerky brands. We test quite a few food products with additives but if we did we would be sure to add a special mention to the article.

Ingredients

Ingredients: Selected lean beef cuts* 94 % (made with 222 g beef per 100 g), honey*, sea salt, onion*, garlic*, black pepper*. *Certified organic ingredients.
Package contains oxygen absorber − not edible.

Product

Appearance

The Cherky Jerky comes in a non-resealable 30 g packet, it contains a not edible oxygen absorber. The strips of meat are rather thick and short and look like cubes, they are rather tender with a ratio of 2.22 (it takes 222 g of meat to make 100 g of Jerky) so they are not brittle and do not have the same texture as their Teriyaki version and we can clearly distinguish salt and black pepper, as can be seen in the photos.
The fact that this Jerky is rather fat with a medium-low drying ratio brings it closer to what you can find at The Meat Makers.

Taste

Jerky without preservatives tend to be more salty / sweet than the others, so it must be taken into account in your daily intake and particularly in case of pathologies such as diabetes or hypertension; see the Nutrition facts table.
Also beware of possible allergies especially because of the products used in the workshops.

On the seasoning side, we are more on the classic than a usual soy marinade and we keep the recipe simple: honey, salt, onion, garlic and black pepper. These spices perfectly compliment the meat which gives off a very good and fairly sweet smell thanks to the honey and which in my opinion makes it a reference that should be tested.

Regarding the texture it is not at all the same as on the Teriyaki version, tested in a previous article, and I wonder if it came from my batch or just from the recipe. In any case, under these conditions, the 30 g packet won’t know what’s hit it because disappearing at lightning speed will be its reason for existing.

Nutrition facts

Average values for100 g
Energy1177 kJ / 353 kcal
Fat5.77 g
    of which saturates2.49 g
Carbohydrate4.15 g
    of which sugar4.15 g
Protein52.5 g
Salt1.8 g
Nutrition facts table

Conclusion

It’s a (very) good Jerky, classic and simple which highlights the good quality meat which is low in fat and salt (again for this type of product), the ingredients are organic and its price is around € 3 per pack, which is reasonable for the product. And if you don’t know it then don’t hesitate to find out.

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