Aside from the sliced veggies I picked up, this is one of the least sugar-filled items. And quite possibly the strangest. Notice I said least. I didn't say it was without sugar.
Now, to be fair I love jerky. Their Sriracha Bacon Jerky is among my all-time favorites. I often make jerky at home. Why?
The math speaks for itself. Per pound, jerky is among the most expensive grocery items.
At $4.99 this doesn't sound expensive. When you start calculating the per-pound cost of this, then you are looking at almost $32 a pound for turkey.
Now, obviously jerky takes time and you are paying dearly for the amount of time it takes to make a jerky. You can have organic grass-fed rib-eye steak for far less than this turkey.
Value aside, this is one of the strangest jerky varieties I've had. I've had exotic meat jerky, but that had nothing on this.
This product is an exotic type of meatloaf. Yes, you read that correctly. This is dehydrated meatloaf.
These are cut into cute little rhombus and square shapes. The texture isn't of the more familiar jerky, but of ground meat with apple. It smells like Thanksgiving.
Now, for my low-carb and Keto friends out there, jerky is usually a safe bet. I wouldn't say that is the case here. If you eat this little bag, many Keto dieters would be out of carbs for the day for a 2.5-ounce package.
The sugar in this case comes from organic apple juice concentrate. So this jerky is sweet and savory, but there was something about the texture that I wasn't loving.
When I had my husband try it he too felt it tasted like meatloaf. But oftentimes when I bring home jerky, the bag doesn't last on the counter in the kitchen. Once he or I rip it open, it likely won't sit on the counter for more than a day, if it doesn't get emptied immediately. This the other hand, had us saying "meh."
Would I buy this again? I'm glad I tried it and got my curiosity out of the way. Otherwise, I likely won't be buying this for myself. I'd rather stick to regular jerky.
The bag of Trader Joe's Organic Turkey Bites:
The nutritional information:
Out of the package you get:
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Trader Joe's Organic Turkey Bites
Product Name: Trader Joe's Organic Turkey Bites
Product Description: A new dried turkey snack with apple and raisins
A dried turkey snack that tastes like a Thanksgiving themed meatloaf texture and all.
- A new seasonal and organic dried turkey snack that will have you thinking about Thanksgiving
- Jerky lovers might have mixed feelings on the texture as it has less in common with jerky and more in common with meatloaf
- Per pound this is pricey
Wow am I glad I didn't buy this. And raisins in jerky? Thanks for trying it and thanks for the review.
Hey Dag! Yes, it wasn't the worst thing I've ever eaten, but it certainly is nowhere near the best or good or recommended.
I don't think this will stick around for long. It doesn't sound good with turkey & apple with raisins. Maybe if used cranberries that would tie in that fall theme.
Hey Alek! My receipt said "HOL" next to it which means it is a seasonal or holiday item. So I think once they run out, it will be gone. Thanks so much for always taking the time to stop by and share.