Side Project Jerky

My wife picked up a pair of packs of this Side Project brand jerky while we were waiting to board our flight to Hawaii. Check out the cool logo of a bovine in a top hat:

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We sampled thr two flavors on the plane: Mongolian and Philly Cheese Steak.

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The interesting thing about this brand is that they stamp each pack with dates for when they were dried and packed, right there next to the ingredients list and nutritional info.

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Pretty cool. When you rip the packs open, you will find a thick vacuum sealed plastic pouch containing the meat:

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No doubt this preserves the freshness.

We first tried the Mongolian flavor. It was peppery, garlicky, and had good meat flavor. I was expecting a higher spice level for its claim that it would make Ghengis proud. But the texture was good, and it even had some sesame seeds embedded. Not wet, not dry, not sticky and not tough. It passed all hurdles that can usually trip up a jerky.

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Surprisingly the cheese steak flavor was where all the spice was residing. It was light on cheese flavor but bold on pepper. I liked it.

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Overall I was very satisfied with the product and I would definitely eat it again.

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