Old Trapper Beef Jerky Review
Old Trapper Beef Jerky
Teacher’s Comments: Tasty and a great snack during a round of golf
Old Trapper recently sent a bag of their “Old Fashioned” beef jerky for review. It is a great snack for the golf course. Since I don’t need to worry about refrigeration or melting (as I would with a snack bar), I just put some in a baggie and stash it in a golf bag pocket.
The Old Fashioned beef jerky is a little smoky, slightly sweet and a bit salty. I like the savory, sweet and salty combination. It satisfies my sweet tooth without danger of a sugar crash.
Texture is soft and pleasantly chewy. You’re not going to break a tooth, or wear your jaw’s joints out masticating. I imagine that once opened and exposed to air, the pieces might eventually become dry and harder to chew; it is not going to last that long before I consume it, though.
The “Old Fashioned” beef jerky comes in irregular pieces that seem to range from five-inch long strips to more rounded chunks around two inches in diameter.
The family sized package contains 18-ounces of beef jerky. The one I received from Old Trapper for review is the “Old Fashioned” flavor, but the company also offers Peppered, Teriyaki and Hot & Spicy.
I’d like to try the Peppered and Teriyaki. I think those would be quite tasty.
The ingredient list includes beef, brown sugar, water, salt, beef stock, hydrolyzed corn protein, vinegar, unspecified flavorings and sodium nitrite.
In terms of nutrition, a one ounce (28 gram) serving has 70 calories, 11 grams of protein and 6 grams of carbohydrates, five of which are sugars.
Six grams of sugar seems like a lot until you compare it to an energy bar. A half a Clif bar is 34 grams (just slightly more than a serving of Old Trapper Jerky), with 5 grams of protein and 21.5 grams of carbs, including 8.5 grams of sugar.
The one downside of the jerky is the high sodium count. Six hundred grams of sodium is a lot.
Still, if you are sweating a lot while playing, the sodium might need replenishing.
I’ll go with the higher protein and lower carb count every day of the week.
Old Trapper is the country’s second largest beef jerky manufacturer, producing a variety of traditional beef jerky, as well as Kippered Beef Steak and beef sticks.