When I was in third grade, I visited my aunt in San Diego. It was a dream, as you would expect – we ate cookie cake and chocolate for dinner, went to the beach, and dyed two strips of my hair bleached blonde, much to my mother’s utter dissapointment.
Besides an extreme hike in my cholesterol, I also picked up my aunt’s strange addiction: buttered turkey ham sandwiches on white bread. To this day, I’m not really sure what turkey ham even is but it was surprisingly delicious in an elementary-school-girl-gone-wild way.
But, like all food obsessions, I eventually became disgusted with these sandwiches and developed an aversion to most turkey products.
In comes Think Jerky. This badass company out of Chicago (Go ‘Cats!) is so cool I don’t even know where to begin. Their jerky is 100% Paleo, they’re dedicated to using solely sustainable proteins, and they have Michelin-Star Chefs cooking up their product.
Not to mention their jerky has 1/2 the sugar and salt as that gross crap you buy at the gas station, and they use herbs and spices for flavor instead of nitrates. They are seriously revolutionizing the snack industry.
I received a shiny package of sriracha honey turkey Think Jerky in the mail and I was scared but excited. I felt like someone with a fear of heights in one of those glass cube things at the top of the Willis Tower.
But as soon as I decided to overcome my fears and try a piece of this magical jerky, my faith in turkey, and mankind for that matter, was restored.
There are so many amazing things about this stuff. First of all, it has a softer texture so you can actually chew it. The days of fearing you’ll rip your teeth out on a Slim Jim® are over!
Secondly, it actually has real flavor, which is surprisingly difficult to achieve with something that’s been dehydrated. It’s meaty and the sriracha flavor is subtle – also a feat in itself. Have you ever had sriracha? Subtle is probably the last word you would use to describe it.
But debatably my most favorite thing about Think Jerky is you know who’s making it. For instance, my sriracha honey free-range turkey was made by Chef Gale Gand.
Yeah, you’ve probably heard of her. She’s a Michelin-Star Chef, two-time James Beard Award Winner, and former Food Network host of Sweet Dreams.
So it’s one thing my turkey jerky was made by a celebrity chef, but in a society where we are gradually more aware and concerned with where our food comes from, this aspect of Think Jerky is so important.
Basically, I can’t stop eating this stuff and if you don’t support their Kickstarter so you can get their product in stores ASAP, you will sincerely be missing out.