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Organic Black Pepper Beef Jerky by Golden Valley Natural - 3 oz

Golden Valley has been my go-to jerky for years, and even though I’ve added other jerky brands to my repertoire, I always come back to Golden Valley. It’s made by folks who have been refining the art of perfect jerky for 45 years, raising cows humanely on lush green western pastures, curing the meat just right, to create an incredible tender-but-chewy texture and a collection of flavors that’s explosive and tangy-salty-sweet in all the right ways. The Black Pepper flavor starts with the perfect Original blend of flavorings and adds a generous layer of zesty crushed black pepper that gives a warm kick. Everything melds together with the beefy goodness to create an umami burst with each bite, a balanced tangy-peppery-salty-sweet flavor that’s marinated deep, and keeps on going with every chew.

For the true, true stories behind this incredible foodstuff, read on.

I’ve always loved beef jerky, even before I was primal/paleo, and even while I was vegetarian/vegan (which never worked out so well). I could probably subsist on jerky alone for weeks at a time — I just love the intensely salty/sweet/umami quality that good jerky has, the way it lasts and lasts as you chew, revealing layers of flavor and texture. When I was little I’d get fresh-made jerky from a butcher in LA when I went out there once a year — huge burnished irregular slabs that I’d ration out gradually, breaking off tiny pieces and savoring them one by one, chewing and chewing until all the flavor was gone. Yeah, I was pretty food-fixated as a kid (not much has changed). But this is all to say that I’m pretty picky about my beef jerky.  And I love Golden Valley.

This stuff is just straight-ahead fine jerky. No, it’s not hipster jerky in fancy flavors. But it’s made by folks who have been refining the art of perfect jerky for 45 years, raising cows humanely on lush green western pastures, curing the meat just right, to create an incredible tender-but-chewy texture and a collection of flavors that’s explosive and tangy-salty-sweet in all the right ways. One of my biggest beefs about jerky is when it’s cardboardy and dry. This stuff is the opposite of that — it’s so moist that you have to eat it within three days of opening the pack, because otherwise it’ll spoil. But if you can make a pack last longer than a day, you’ve got a lot more restraint than I do —this stuff is so compellingly delicious that I’ll usually devour an entire pack a few hours after opening it. Packed with healthy protein and insanely great flavor, jerky is my go-to road trip food, hiking food, post-running food, out-all day-and-won’t-have-time-to-stop-for-lunch food, and even writing-at-my-desk-all-day-and-don’t-feel-like-preparing-meals food. Golden Valley has been my go-to jerky for years, and even though I’ve added other jerky brands to my repertoire (and even make my own sometimes), I always come back to Golden Valley. I love all Golden Valley’s jerky flavors so much that it’s hard to pick a favorite — it just depends on what I’m in the mood for. The Black Pepper flavor is amazing. It starts with the perfect Original blend of flavorings — from paprika to onion to apple cider vinegar —  and then adds a generous layer of zesty crushed black pepper that gives a warm kick and a yummy crunch. Everything harmonizes together with the beefy goodness to create an umami burst with each bite, a balanced tangy-peppery-salty-sweet flavor that’s marinated deep into the beef, and keeps on going with every chew.

Why beef is so good for you

Sometimes called nature's best-tasting multivitamin, beef is not only one of the most protein-rich foods you can eat, but it’s insanely nutritious in other ways. It’s extremely high in zinc, vitamin B12, selenium, iron, vitamin B6, phosphorus, niacin, potassium, and riboflavin. Golden Valley beef comes from pastured cows, so it’s naturally lean. Grass-fed beef contains more heart-healthy omega-3 fats, more vitamins A and E, higher levels of antioxidants, and up to seven times the beta-carotene of grain-fed. Grass-fed beef also contains high amounts of conjugated linoleic acid (CLA), thought by many to prevent cancer. It’s also kinder on cattle, and on the environment.

About Golden Valley, in their own words

Since 1968, we have been the leading producer of natural and organic meat snacks in the United States. Our heritage is founded on the promise to deliver premium products from over 15,000 of the finest livestock, all raised humanely on the lush green pastures of our majestic western ranchland.

Headquartered in Idaho Falls, Idaho, our state of the art facilities manufacture our products safely for your family. We never add preservatives, erythorbate, nitrite or MSG to our meats. Go west and snack well with Golden Valley Natural.

“Golden Valley Natural beef is a wholesome, nutritious product that will bring your family together for a delicious meal. Golden Valley Natural beef comes from cattle that are raised in the lush green pastures and mountains of Idaho. These cattle are accustomed to crisp, clean air and wide-open spaces as nature intended. Golden Valley Natural beef guarantees that all animals are treated humanely and have never received artificial hormones. I believe in giving cattle a healthy, comfortable environment from birth. I have never used artificial hormones in my cattle, and I never will!”
—Roger H. Ball, Owner and President, Golden Valley Natural


Check out this video, to learn more about Golden Valley and see their happy cows romping on lush green pastures!

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