Two years ago, it was a kitchen scale. Last year, it was a bountiful collection of food bars.
This year (well, technically last year, but I’m still in a 2013 mindset ), a dehydrator was my “foodie gift” for Christmas:
The first thing I said was, “I can’t wait to dehydrate tofu!”.
That would be the first thing I would say, since I am a fan of the vegan and tofu jerky I have tried to date.
Before I fully immerse myself in the world of dehydration, and before making a mess of the kitchen but saving bundles of money that would otherwise be spent on store-bought dried fruit, veg, and tofu jerky, I thought it was the right time to “get some inspiration” from Louisville Vegan Jerky Co., a vegan jerky company that truly knows their stuff.
Louisville Vegan Jerky Co. was established in 2012, and everything from the jerky to the product labels are made in Louisville (so there truly is some meaning behind the name!). The main ingredient of course is textured soy protein, but from there, there is a branching out into three differing flavors: Bourbon Smoked Chipotle, Sriacha Maple, and Bourbon Smoked Black Pepper.
Bourbon Smoked Black Pepper sounded mouth-watering, so I tried that first.
By the way, I just so happened to have a Victorian-esque blanket lying around in my house and it made the perfect backdrop for my pictures! :D. I also love the distinct faces on each flavor’s packaging.
It kind of looks like fried chicken (or fried something!) though, doesn’t it?
Vegan marinated and slow dried NON-GMO soy jerky. Subtly sweetened with real Kentucky Sorghum syrup. Tossed in bourbon smoked black pepper, nutmeg, onion and garlic powder.
The jerky was incredibly chewy, and not that tough at all. The texture reminded me of Trader Joe’s Chickenless Strips, but with added sweetness and smokiness of course.
My favorite was Sriracha Maple:
Vegan marinated and slow dried NON-GMO soy jerky. Subtly sweetened with real Kentucky Sorghum syrup. Tossed in spicy sriracha, Indiana maple syrup, nutmeg, onion and garlic powder.
The texture was the same as before, but the flavors were out of the park. The Sriracha and maple syrup simply brought harmony to my tastebuds!
Bourbon Smoked Spicy Chipotle Jerky was the final flavor, and it did not disappoint.
Vegan marinated and slow dried NON-GMO soy jerky. Subtly sweetened with real Kentucky Sorghum syrup. Tossed in bourbon smoked red peppers, chipotle, adobo, nutmeg, onion and garlic powder.
This one was the spiciest of the three, and I could definitely distinguish the chipotle and adobo kick in here!
Overall, I was very much satisfied with the quality, smell, texture, and taste of the product, and would even go so far as to use it like meatless strips in recipes. They are certainly delicious on their own as a snack though!
I’m also a fan of this sticker they sent along with the samples
Now that I have some inspiration, it’s time to start my own adventures in dehydration—vegan jerky included! That will be a topic for another post, for sure ;).
Have you tried Louisville Vegan Jerky before?
Would you go out of your way, if you had to, to purchase products that support local businesses?