Turkey bacon gets a bad rap from many in this country, whether those who are being cajoled into healthier eating or those that simply think regular bacon has nothing at all wrong with it. Now turkey, on the other hand, there's nothing wrong with it, as a bird. As a meat it is rich, tasty, and more than capable of transforming into a portable stick of smoky meat worthy of any gas station on the planet. This is the free-range Turkey Stick from The New Primal, and it deserves kudos for flavor and ingredients that far exceed the dubious reputation of turkey bacon. Dig in and you'll see.
Thanksgiving dinner is one of the best times of the year. You get to enjoy a whole animal lovingly cooked, served up with homemade side dishes and—if you're lucky—a friendly and enjoyable treat of family and friends to share it. But turkey deserves more than just one holiday. We should be eating it more often, especially good turkey raised humanely and nutritiously. (Just not as turkey bacon. That opinion stands.)
So here we are - a meat stick made from turkey, seasoned with spices and made zesty with cider vinegar and a lactic acid starter culture. The New Primal is doing everything right, making this snack perfect for young and old, hungry and cranky.
The flavor is meaty without being too salty, not at all sweet despite the touch of honey in the ingredients list, and just the right amount of complexity from a whole litany of spices like ginger and pepper and onion. You'll enjoy these whether the last meaty product you've consumed was artisanal jerky from the guy on the side of the road or an actual gas station mass-market meat stick. No matter, these turkey sticks are amazing and nicely mild compared to all of those in-your-face beef flavors out there.
The results are all about the formula - just take excellent quality free range turkey meat from only the best sources and add just a few flavor friends (a little garlic here, a little paprika there), then let nature set the course for how the stick is going to taste. This recipe nudges up the flavor with a touch of honey and ginger, then tarts up things with apple cider vinegar. Everything is rounded out with a bit of salt. Done!
What does The New Primal have to say about their own bird acquisition practices? They're happy and proud about where and how their meat is raised:
With 4x the roaming area than the average commercial turkey farm, our free-range turkeys are raised in a stress free environment that promotes natural behavior. They have a vegetarian diet, and are not fed animal byproducts.
What makes this stick kind of awesome:
"Does the old adage, “you are what you eat” still ring true? I believe it does.
In 2009, I embarked on a journey to improve my health. Portable protein kept me on track. Disappointed in not being able to find anything that met my high standards for whole food, I started making jerky at home. Three years (and 6 dehydrators) later, I quit my day job and The New Primal was born.
We are a company built on honesty, transparency and integrity and hope to inspire everyone who encounters our brand to make better food choices. You are what you eat. Choose wisely.
Chief Hunter Gatherer