One of my favorite snacks as a kid was beef jerky. I loved the chewiness and strong flavor. My dad even made his own beef jerky which often was a hit or miss. As a vegan now, I don't want animals to have to die for my taste pleasures, so luckily some companies are bringing a different kind of jerky to fruition: One that's kind to animals, the environment, and one's colon. Even better, you can get a ton of vegan jerky all in one place at a site called Fake Meats.
One of the more widely known vegan jerkies on the market is becoming a chewy and gooey treat for those with a craving. With a wide variety of flavors to try, you are bound to find at least one you like. This is not a typical jerky in the sense that I grew up around. If you would prefer a drier alternative, continue down the list. Non-Gmo.
A small company with a dream to bring yummy jerky treats to those forgoing meat. Try Hickory pepper, cowgirl, hot chili pepper, and teriyaki flavor. Not sure which to pick? Don't worry, they have a sampler pack where you can try all the flavors. These are dry and tough enough to satisfy. Company donates a percentage of profits to non profits in their earea. Non-Gmo soy.
May Wah Veggie Jerky
Oriental style, this jerky comes kickin full force to try and compete in the realm of mock meats. It is a mix of dry but ever so slightly moist. You may not be able to read the package, but it's what's inside that counts right? The company means business with vegetarian foods. Most of their website is dedicated to even the most obscure mock meats you could think of. Bacon and squid jerky anyone? No msg.
Packed with flavor, this veg jerky is sure to be a must to try. The company also makes another line “Cajun” style that is a bit drier and chewier. All of the many flavors except BBQ Beef flavor are vegan. Non-Gmo soybeans.
Louisville Vegan Jerky Co.
Perfect for those who just want a small treat and not big strips of mock meat. This jerky is slightly crumbled and very chewy; A flavorful soft jerky. Try black pepper, spicy chipotle, and Sriracha maple flavor. A thumbs up to the the dedication, this company tries to source all their ingredients locally.
Prepare for a jerky experience unlike any other. This jerky is made of the prickly pear cactus and sweetened with agave. Very chewy and tough. Great for those who are avoiding mock meats made with soy or wheat. Try Hot and Spicy or Tamari flavor. Non-Gmo. Company supports their workers with above average wages and bonuses.
From the well known mock meat company is a circular vegan jerky that is chewy but not too dry. Available in pepper and original variety. No MSG and made with organic soybeans. They are currently out of stock but will at the end of November 2013. They are bought by cases with 12 packs to a case.
Article by: 4everaspirit - 4everaspirit is a passionate vegan who is always delighted when she can aid in helping new veggies with their transition or in recommending veg products. Her favorite activity is helping her University's vegetarian group host outreach events that benefit animals, the environment, and overall health.