Vegan Jerky Tasting

July 13, 2010 by Keri

**Giveaway Closed** Congratulations to the randomly selected winners: Brian S., Kat, and Aletha!  Expect an email from me looking for a shipping address.

Forget your wine and chocolate because today we had ourselves a good ol’ fashioned vegan jerky tastin’.  You think I’m fancy now, don’t you?

A couple of weeks ago I was lamenting how I never have anything to give away to all of you, but then I had an idea.  With my birthday coming up on Sunday, I decided to celebrate by doing a few giveaways!!  After all, you guys and gals deserve to get something out of this deal other than my charming vegan wit.  I’m always so excited to read your comments and messages and you, my fellow tree chompers, make my day every time you, in any way, indicate you’re out there.  Alright, enough with the love fest, but I really do appreciate you!

Vegan Snacks

For the first giveaway, the good people over at Primal Spirit Foods were kind enough to send vegan jerky!!  More on the giveaway later, but since they also sent me one of each flavor to try, I decided to have a little fun with the jerky love.  As I mentioned, my grandma is staying with us this week, and so with 4 people here, we had just enough for that jerky tasting!  I got technical too.  I cut each flavor into 4 pieces, placing them on a plate with the wrapper above to indicate the flavor.  Then I wrote the name of each flavor on a note card with places for each of us to write our thoughts about it.  I told you this was fancy, people!

Vegan Snacks

The “testers” were my little man (2), me (25), Chris (27), and my grandma (71).  The flavor contenders were Hot & Spicy, Texas BBQ, Mesquite Lime, Hickory Smoked, Teriyaki, and Thai Peanut.  We all have quite different tastes, so I was surprised to find  both our first and last choices were all the same.  Texas BBQ won hands down, and coming in last was Teriyaki because it had the least bold flavor.  The little man chowed down on all of them with much excitement, except for the Hot & Spicy which he really tried to eat, but as I’ve mentioned before, he has that tongue wiping thing with spicy.  Both he and my grandma were in agreement that it was spicy, but Chris and I didn’t think it was too hot at all!  My grandma rated the 3 seitan jerkies, Mesquite Lime, Teriyaki, and Thai Peanut as the most tender, despite them not being her favorite flavors.  Chris took his jerky testing duties very seriously and wouldn’t even discuss what he thought of any of them until the very end; he just chewed and scribbled.  We had so much fun with our little tasting party and these really are flavorful, tender, yet chewy jerkies.  I’m so glad I get to show my grandma some of the fun flavors of vegan!

Vegan Snacks

Enough with our party- on to the giveaway!  Three lucky tree-eaters will be receiving a package with one of each 6 Primal Strips flavors!  All 3 winners will be chosen at random.  To enter, comment below telling me which Primal Strips flavor you think would be your favorite.  You could even visit their site to read the complete flavor descriptions.  Anyone can enter as long as there’s no legal reason you can’t have jerky.  If your country forbids vegan jerky, then I’m sorry, there’s just nothing I can do.  Additional entries- do as many as you want:

  • Follow me on Twitter (or if you already do), and leave a comment below saying you did with your @Twitter name.
  • Tweet “Enter to win #vegan jerky @IEatTrees –” and leave a comment to tell me you tweeted.
  • “Like” I Eat Trees on Facebook (or if you already did), and leave a comment below telling me you did.
  • Subscribe to I Eat Tree’s feed on your Google Reader (or if you already do), and leave a comment saying you did.
  • Comment on one of my many other posts, and leave a comment telling me which post.
  • Leave a comment telling me how awesome you are.
  • Comment with your favorite inspirational quote.
  • Blog about this giveaway and leave 5 comments to really let me know.
  • Sign up for and leave 5 comments telling me you did.  And you rock.

Winners will be drawn on Friday, July 16th 2010, so enter by noon EST on Friday.  Good luck!

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  1. Casey says:

    I follow you on Twitter. @_V_I_V_

  2. Lisa says:

    I’d love to try the Hot and Spicy.

  3. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    i like you on FB now

  4. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    google reader

  5. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    commented on your post yesterday 🙂

  6. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    how awesome i am? no, you are b/c you leave me the most amzing thoughtful comments. like the one today that hfcs and splenda dont even “register as food” for you…i thought that was so on point and loved it!

  7. Averie (LoveVeggiesAndYoga) says:

    quote = if it’s up to be, it’s up to me!

  8. Niveditha says:

    I like their Teriyaki variety and would love to try it..thanks for this giveaway….

  9. Niveditha says:

    I also follow ur blog in FB!!!

  10. Julia says:

    I like I Eat Trees on fb

  11. Julia says:

    I subscribed to you on google reader

  12. Julia says:

    I just commented on your “Peanubutter and Chocolate Pillows” post… and will be headed upstairs momentairily to bake a batch 😉

  13. Julia says:

    I’m awesome (lol) because I’ll be baking delicouse peanutbutter and chocolate pillows once the oven pre-heats!

  14. Julia says:

    And last but not least, my favorite inspirational quote would have to be “nothing worth having comes easy”

  15. Julia says:

    I just signed up for (comment #1)

  16. Julia says:

    I just signed up for (comment #2)

  17. Nice giveaway! I will tweet your giveaway but will not enter since I want to give others a chance and since I know what they taste like. Yum!

  18. Julia says:

    I just signed up for (comment #3)

  19. Julia says:

    I just signed up for (comment #4)

    and noelle, you are so sweet, thank you! I have yet to try these, strips, because I’ve never been able to spot them in local grocery stores!

  20. Julia says:

    I just signed up for (comment #5)

  21. JL Goes Vegan says:

    I just “liked” you on Facebook!

  22. Regina says:

    I follow you on twitter @mtbvegan

  23. Regina says:

    I retweeted your giveaway

  24. Regina says:

    I “Liked” I Eat Trees on Facebook

  25. Regina says:

    I love these vegan jerkies, they rock.

  26. Katrina says:

    I think the Teriyaki sounds yummy

  27. Brian S. says:

    @ARKTEK has never had vegan jerky and would LOVE to try some!

  28. Brian S. says:

    ‘Liked’ I Eat Trees on FB too! STILL haven’t had any vegan jerky. STILL want some!

  29. Woz says:

    Texas BBQ is my favorite — hands down! 😀

  30. Kendall says:

    I like the Teriaki the best. I followed, and tweeted about the contest, so I gues that would be 3 entries?

  31. veganistmum says:

    I allready follow you on twitter, I’m @veganistmum 🙂

  32. veganistmum says:

    I retweeted your giveaway tweet

  33. veganistmum says:

    I like I eat trees on FB 🙂

  34. veganistmum says:

    I’m subscribed to I eat trees on google reader

  35. veganistmum says:

    I signed up for vegan ed 1 of 5

  36. veganistmum says:

    I signed up for vegan ed 2 of 5

  37. veganistmum says:

    I signed up for vegan ed 3 of 5

  38. veganistmum says:

    I signed up for vegan ed 4of 5

  39. veganistmum says:

    I signed up for vegan ed 5 of 5

  40. veganistmum says:

    “the world is vegan if you want it” by G Francione

  41. veganistmum says:

    I am incredibly awesome though not as awesome as my cats, really who can be as awesome as they are?

  42. Kat says:

    Hickory Smoked sounds tastiest to me!

  43. Kat says:

    Tweeted! (@TheWineyTomato)

  44. Kat says:

    Facebook liked!

  45. Kat says:

    Google Reader subscription just added 🙂

  46. Kat says:

    I’m awesome because A: I don’t need a reason and B: I ate vegan jerky today. Sadly not primal strips though.

  47. Kat says:

    “If slaughterhouses had glass walls, everyone would be vegetarian. We feel better about ourselves and better about the animals, knowing we’re not contributing to their pain.”
    – Paul McCartney and Linda McCartney

  48. Megan Hall says:

    Aw jeez, I’m just going this so I can win the tofuXpress. I love these jerky’s!!!! they are good for card trips and flights. Thai Peanut, FTW!

  49. Dai Dai says:

    I would want to try the Thai Peanut the most!

  50. Dai Dai says:

    Following via twitter!

  51. Dai Dai says:

    I commented on your TofuXpress giveaway 😉

  52. Dai Dai says:

    And I’m awesome! 😀

  53. Dai Dai says:

    I have a lot of favorite quotes, but this is definitely one of them:

    Better to remain silent and be thought a fool, than to speak and remove all doubt.
    –Abraham Lincoln

  54. Dai Dai says:

    Signed up for veganed!

  55. Dai Dai says:

    Signup for veganed #2

  56. Dai Dai says:

    Signup for veganed #3

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    Signup for veganed #4

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    Signup for veganed #5

  59. Dai Dai says:

    You’re liked on facebook!

  60. SporksorChopsticks says:

    I actually love the Mesquite Lime jerky. Fell in love with it the 1st time I had it refuse to buy the other flavors… It is probably about time that I do. The only problem with this jerk is I have a hard time just eating one!

    P.S. I was already following you on twitter ( @SporksorChpstix )

  61. Deanna G. says:

    I think the Hickory Smoked would be my favorite!

  62. Deanna G. says:

    I “Like” I Eat Trees on Facebook.

  63. Deanna G. says:

    I subscribe w/Google Reader.

  64. Deanna G. says:

    I am so awesome that other awesome people are jealous.

  65. Deanna G. says:

    My favorite inspirational quote is:

    “Courage doesn’t always roar. Sometimes courage is the quiet voice at the end of the day saying, ‘I will try again tomorrow'”

    -Mary Anne Radmacher

  66. Abby says:

    I’m pretty awesome. I brake for turtles.

  67. Abby says:

    I follow you on twitter @beanmail

  68. Abby says:

    I like you on Facebook

  69. Abby says:

    I’d love to win your tofu Xpress giveaway

  70. Abby says:

    Also such an awesome typist that your blog just yelled at me for entering comments too fast!

  71. Kayla says:

    I follow you on Twitter (@KaylaLane)

  72. Kayla says:

    I tweeted about le contest

  73. Kayla says:

    I “like”d you on Facebook 🙂

  74. Kayla says:

    My favorite inspirational quote (I write it on everything!): “Go confidently in the direction of your dreams, live the life you have imagined.” – Henry David Thoreau

  75. Kayla says:

    How awesome am I? Psh, how awesome are YOU! I really enjoy the blog, just now found it through crazysexylife … I think? I’ve been following links like a treasure hunt all day at work, haha.

    I was raised by a vegetarian mom and an omni dad, and always had the freedom and options to eat either way. My older sister turned vegetarian at 13 and never turned back, I dabbled all through high school. The longest period of time I was ever a vegetarian was 8 months, but it always ended more because of personal choice versus willpower or because it was “hard” (because honestly, it’s so not!). However, since finishing my freshman year of college, I will be buying my own groceries and cooking my own meals for the first time. Now that I’m older and more mature I’ve read all the veg-lit about health benefits, environmental benefits, animal cruelty awareness, and the many advantages to this lifestyle. This time I’m in it for the long haul. And, seeing as I never liked milk or cheese even when I was omni, I think that a strict vegetarian/mostly vegan diet is a comfortable place for me. Blogs like this are great!

  76. rocio says:

    mmm, they all sound good but i’d really like to try the thai peanut

  77. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    I tweeted this!

  78. Jess - The Domestic Vegan says:

    And I already follow you Twitter! (@DomesticVegan – duh ;))

  79. Anna says:

    I follow you on Twitter I’m @finallywakingup

  80. Anna says:

    I’m awesome! :o)

  81. Anna says:

    I tweeted the tweet!

  82. Anna says:

    I have you in my Google Reader!

  83. Anna says:

    Oldie but always a goodie ‘No one can make you feel inferior without your consent’ Eleanor Roosevelt

  84. even though i did this same giveaway i want more jerkey! im so selfish

  85. im also in like with you on fb

  86. Birdfeed says:

    I like the Texas BBQ the best as well. So, I think that will be the best, again.

  87. Birdfeed says:

    Also, I’m super awesome. Yeah, that’s said a lot, but it’s true when it applies to me.

  88. Trina says:

    I have tried the Texas BBQ, Hickory Smoked, Teriyaki and Thai Peanut. Bought some last night for my vacation, overall I like the Bbq and hickory.

  89. aletha says:

    I follow you on twitter (@alethafaye)

  90. aletha says:

    My favorite is the mesquite lime! I’m allergic to peanuts :-/

  91. aletha says:

    New favorite quote:
    “My religion is simple. My religion is kindness.” – His Holiness the Dalai Lama

  92. aletha says:

    I’m awesome b/c I have a vegan vlog on youtube & I’m part of the Vegan Etsy Team! 🙂

  93. Metal Halide Lamp says:

    ;:~ that seems to be a great topic, i really love it :””

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