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Tuesday, December 17, 2013
Jonty Jacobs: Gluten-Free Beef Products (But Don't Call It Jerky!)
Every season, I look forward to the NYC Food Fete events coordinated by Jeff Davis. Jeff works tirelessly to find the most interesting products on the market and brings together the best and brightest food, health, and fitness media in New York City. I am always honored to be a part of this event.

At each Food Fete, there are more and more vendors showcasing gluten-free products. For those who do not sell gluten-free food, they certainly have more awareness than ever before. I am always on the look out for interesting food at Food Fete and when I found Jonty Jacobs I feel like I found something special.

Jonty Jacobs create really interesting and delicious dried beef products based on traditional South African drying process. The two main products from Jonty Jacobs are Biltong (dried beef slices) and Droewors (dried beef sausage), both traditional beef delicacies which originated in South Africa.

According to their website, "Jonty Jacobs was founded by Monique Daniels, a South African raised in Australia who relocated to New York in 2010. As a meat enthusiast who was raised on delicious, natural biltong made by a family friend in Sydney, Monique was disappointed with the quality and taste of cured beef products made in the US. While having dinner with her sister and husband one night, the crazy idea came to her that she should create her own Biltong brand which would bring the best tasting, natural, chemical and preservative free Biltong to the US market."

I tend to shy away from regular beef jerky because it is full of preservatives, chemicals, and additives. Jonty Jacobs Biltong and Droewors DO NOT contain chemicals and additives and are not cured using sodium nitrate. In addition, the products are gluten-free, have no MSG, and no chemicals. I am always on the hunt for high-protein snacks and these hit the jackpot. At 14g and 16g grams a serving, these are the perfect punch of protein and flavor.

So the taste??? WHOA.

The Droewors are delicious. I came home from Food Fete with one bag and had to ration them out to myself at only one per day. Not an easy task when you are eating something this good. I had a friend try these and he quickly dipped his hand in for seconds. I smacked his hand and snatched the bag away quickly. I wanted to savor and save the remaining Droewors and tucked them back into the fridge. Dipped in the Jonty Jacobs spice blend, and you have yourself a nutritious and extremely flavorful treat.

Beef Biltong (Dried Beef) Traditional Original Ingredients: Beef, Salt, Brown Sugar, Vinegar, and Spice Blend

All Natural Droewors (Dried Beef Sausage) Ingredients: Beef, Vinegar, Salt, Brown Sugar, Natural Flavorings, Lamb Casings

Right now, Brooklyn-based Jonty Jacobs is making its way around local New York City artisan markets such as Hester Street Fair but you can also buy their products online to have them shipped directly to your door. Prices start at $7.99 for a 2 ounce bag and $9.99 for the spice blend. Shop now at!

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Anonymous Kim Rice said...

My son has been asking about a "beef jerky." It's hard to find a GF and chemical free version. He'll find this in his Christmas stocking this year and I promise to not call it "beef jerky" :)

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