The Meat Makers – Bar – Smoked paprika

In recent years, Europe has seen the appearance of brands of Jerky, of good quality. These companies often offer several types of products in the same spirit such as whole steaks, bars, sticks and other salami or dry sausages.

Presentation

Today, we are going to take a closer look at a product from The Meat Makers brand, a Lithuanian company founded about fifteen years ago and more particularly the Smoked Paprika version of their Beef Bar.

First of all, their products are not organic but have no preservatives other than salt and sugars, which is not the case with all brands of Jerky.
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: beef 64.4 %, whey protein concentrate, honey, toasted almonds 5 %, dried cranberries 4.75 %, water, brown sugar, apple-sugar concentrate, spices, salt, celery, plum concentrate, smoked paprika 0.13 %, apple juice, flavor, apple vinegar.
Package contains oxygen absorber − not edible.

Product

Appearance

The Meat Makers Smoked Paprika beef bar comes in a non-resealable 50 g packet, it contains a not edible oxygen absorber. The block looks like a large tender and shiny cereal bar, as can be seen in the photos, so it will have to be consumed by holding it in its bag at the risk of ending up with your fingers covered in marinade. We can also see the flaked almonds but we cannot distinguish the cranberries or the pieces of meat which are fine ground.

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 mainly because of almonds, celery and whey.

This bar has a very good meaty smell with a slightly sweet scent. The spices are not all specified on the packaging but we will note the presence of “flavor”, which is often a catch-all term used by manufacturers to hide certain products, even if here we are sticking to something of quality.

The taste is not too strong despite the presence of sugars and the texture is surprising thanks to the slivered almonds which avoids this sawdust side when the meat is ground too finely. It gives us a good protein bar to recover after the effort. Also note that the amount of salt is lower than the average for the products we test which is an additional good point.

Nutrition facts

Average values for100 g
Energy1535 kJ / 364 kcal
Fat8.6 g
    of which saturates2.1 g
Carbohydrate25.6 g
    of which sugar21.3 g
Protein47 g
Salt1.59 g
Nutrition facts table

Conclusion

This is a very good bar from a taste point of view, which is neither too fatty nor too salty (for this kind of product of course), which leaves the emphasis on proteins. The ingredients are not organic but the quality is present and its price is around € 2 per pack, which is rather reasonable for the product.

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