When I was a kid, my dad used to make homemade deer jerky in his dehydrator. That's what I thought dehydrators were intended for. Now I know better. No offense daddy, but deer jerky is gross (yes, my dad reads my blog!). Thankfully, my dad has stopped hunting since I've gone vegan. And now he understands the other uses for a dehydrator — hello flax crackers and tofu jerky!
Though I've yet to make tofu jerky in my dehydrator, I do enjoy a good "meaty" chew from Primal Strips. That's why I was elated when they offered to send me a sample pack to review. Over the years, I'm pretty sure I've tried all the Primal Strips varieties, but unfortunately, my Whole Foods only carries a few flavors.
A couple of weeks ago, Primal Strips sent me a package with all six of their delicious flavors. My favorite is the Hot 'n' Spicy Shitake Mushroom, mainly due to the easy-to-bite-off texture and mildly spicy flavor.
A close second is the Texas BBQ, a sweet 'n' tangy soy jerky that provide loads of chewy fun. I also loved the Hickory Smoked soy jerky, which honestly tastes very, very similar to the Texas BBQ flavor. I could easily get those two confused. But that's not a bad thing at all. By the way, both of the soy flavors are gluten-free.
Gluten lovers will worship the Teriyaki flavor, a sweet Asian-inspired seitan strip with a touch of licorice root. The Thai Peanut seitan flavor is delish, but I would love a bit of a stronger peanut flavor. And the Mesquite Lime seitan strip is packed with dill-heavy, citrus-infused boldness.
The best part for you? The folks at Primal Strips would love to give a sample pack to one lucky reader! Just leave me a comment letting me know which flavor you love (or think you'd love) the most for a chance to enter. For a second and third entry, tweet a link to the contest and/or link to it on Facebook ... and then leave me a comment to let me know you did for a maximum of three entries per person (one regular comment, one about Twitter, and one about Facebook).
Oh, and I think this contest needs to be limited to U.S. residents only because I don't know if the Primal Strips company would be willing to ship out-of-country (sorry international blog friends!!). Also, if you don't have a blog where I can find you, please leave your email address in the comment (write it like this — address[at]website[dot]com — to avoid spammers).
I'll use a random number generator (from random.org) to select a winner next Wednesday night. Happy jerky-ing!