Saturday, August 11, 2012

Silver Creek Farms Trout Jerky

silver creek farms trout jerky
Silver Creek Farms is a brand of processed foods made from fish, namely fish jerky. The brand is owned by Seapac of Idaho, Inc., a fish processor based in Buhl, ID.

Seapac owns and operates its own fish farm growing popular dinner mainstays as salmon, trout, and tilapia. The Silver Creek Farms label represents the company's jerky products, which thus far includes Trout and Salmon.

Both of these fish jerky products are "minced and formed", and come in three flavors, Original, Peppered, and Hot & Spicy.


Trout, sugar, dehydrated soy sauce powder, salt, corn syrup solids, reduced lactose whey (milk), black pepper, yeast extract, hydrolyzed vegetable protein, spices, red pepper, sodium caseinate, sodium erythorbate.


Original: Starts out a with light sweet from the surface, but develops into a more of salty, fish meat flavor with chewing. No smokiness, and very little spiciness, it tends to rely on the natural trout flavors and the saltiness of the seasonings and soy sauce. There's a light bit of a fishy flavor.

Peppered: Very comparable to the Original, but adds a noticeable black pepper flavor, which eventually goes on to dominate the flavor of this jerky. It has some of the natural trout flavors as the Original, but the black pepper tends to overpower. What I'm mostly left with the black pepper and the saltiness of the soy sauce. It's also slightly fishy.

Hot & Spicy: Starts out much like the Original, but there's a light spicy heat building up and a light taste of red pepper chiles. Again, the natural trout flavors are noticeable, but the chile seasoning tends to overpower. It's mostly a combination of the red chile and soy sauce saltiness that I taste, with a little bit of the trout flavors. The heat is moderate at best, registering as medium on my personal heat scale (level 3 out of 5). It's also slightly fishy in taste.

Overall, all three varieties of this Trout Jerky offer a light natural meat flavor with the Original offering the most. The Original tends to taste more bland of the three, while the Peppered and Hot & Spicy offer more of an interesting taste.

The Original tends to taste the most fishy, and has the most noticeable sweetness.

Meat Consistency

These are chopped and formed strips of jerky, in medium thickness.

This is a dry jerky with an lightly oily surface feel. Biting off chunks is easy and chewing is easy too.

The chewing texture starts out stiff but pliable, but quickly breaks apart and nearly disintegrates into tiny bits in my mouth. Once chewed down, it's like eating ground fish, but not nearly as moist as fresh fish.

All three flavors seem to be very meaty in that I don't encounter any other tissues like scales, bones, or what.

In terms of clean eating, my fingers pick up a light amount of oil, just enough to require or licking or wiping before touching the keyboard.

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trout jerky
Snack Value sells this Silver Creek Farms Trout Jerky from its website at a price of $21.00 for 10 sticks. Shipping comes to $3.58. That works out to a price of $4.92 per ounce.

For general trout jerky snacking, at the $4.92 per ounce price, it's a fair value. I'm getting a low level of snackability from an overall average or OK flavor, and a crumbly chewing texture.


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I'm giving this a fair rating.

This trout jerky from Silver Creek Farms offers some natural flavors of trout with a light touch of sweet and soy sauce. The Peppered and Hot & Spicy varieties adds more seasonings that tend to overpower the natural meat flavors. Overall, I think the Original variety offers the best representation of trout jerky.

The chewing texture seemed less than desirable for jerky in that it's didn't provide much of any chewing, breaking down into tiny fish crumbles. On top of that, this jerky gave off a fishy flavor that remained on my fingers. This is a jerky you'll want to wash your hands and brush your teeth after.

Overall, I didn't find much snackability in eating this.

I'd recommend eating this with a cup of hot tea, it seems provide a more enjoyable pairing than beer or wine.

Rating: Fair

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