Beef jerky is one of those things you either like or don’t like. If you do like it, you appreciate that seasoned taste and that tough-but-not-too-tough texture … and you probably prefer to take your jerky while sitting on a tree stump or in front of a roaring campfire. (Or maybe just at your dining room table.) Regardless, one of the problems with beef jerky is that it’s a bit expensive.
Simms Beef Jerky comes in three flavors: original, peppered, and teriyaki. We tried out the original …
… as well as the peppered.
Simms Beef Jerky comes in 2.85-ounce bags. In our minds, they should probably be 3-ounce bags, which leads us to suspect the jerky is a victim of the rampant product shrinking common to grocer products these days. In our area the jerky costs $3.29, or about $1.15 per ounce. Given that most name brand beef jerky around here runs between $1.08 and $1.25 per ounce, the Aldi beef jerky isn’t really any cheaper than what you can get elsewhere. Aldi jerky does have the virtue of offering that price per ounce for a smaller pack — we’d have to pay more overall for the larger pack at other grocers to get the same price per ounce — but it’s still too bad Aldi can’t compete better with name brand per ounce pricing in this particular case.
There’s a silver lining, though: this tastes as good as any name brand jerky. The jerky has a nice texture that is tough enough to chew on but not so tough it kills your jaw. The seasoning is pitch-perfect; the original is excellent, and the peppered has that bit of extra kick if you’re someone who likes a little extra kick.
Nutritionally speaking, you don’t expect beef jerky to be a health food. Nevertheless, it is both high in protein and low in fat, so in those areas this is an excellent snack. It is also not too high in calories: the entire pack is just under 230.
And then there’s sodium: over 1700mg of it in the entire pack, or enough to make up nearly 75% of your daily allowance. If managing your salt content is part of your diet, this is about the worst thing you can eat short of pouring the salt shaker down your throat, and the amount of water you’ll down after eating them makes that point.
Simms Beef Jerky is quality beef jerky, with the taste and texture we expect from name brands. Aldi’s jerky isn’t much (if any) cost savings over the competition, and the packs are a bit on the small side, but if you’re in Aldi and you’ve got an itch for jerky, you won’t go wrong here.