Monday, March 31, 2008

Oh Boy! Oberto - Habanero

Oh Boy! Oberto Habanero Beef JerkyHabanero is the newest variety of beef jerky from Oh Boy! Oberto. I saw a package at my local Albertson's, and decided to try it out.

It's pretty much your standard Oh Boy! Oberto beef jerky that we're all too familiar with, but with some added spiciness.

The habanero pepper has a reputation of being among the hottest pepper varieties on the planet, and is something I've come to respect after an unfortunate experience at a Tijuana taco shop a couple of years ago. As a result, I get this "knee-jerk" reaction to anything associated with the Habanero.

Sunday, March 30, 2008

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Dog Treats () - A jerky that's taste bad enough that I can't handle eating it.

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Snackability is a term I use to identify how well a jerky satisfies your urge to snack. Snackability is actually the product of several characteristics, it has the largest weight towards the ratings I assign.

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To sum it up, if I find a jerky difficult to resist eating more and more of, it has a good deal of snackability.

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Finding a lot of chewy connective tissues and sinews in the meat pieces will take some snackability away from a jerky. It subtracts from the chewing enjoyment. Tendon and gristle ruins a lot of chewing enjoyment for me.

A high salt intensity will ruin snackability for me. After so many pieces, my tongue and mouth will feel scorched and I just can't handle eating any more.

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