LTR - Sweet Baby Ray's Beef Jerky - Mark Thompson
- Hi Kathy,
Please find my report below and at: http://tinyurl.com/cfsqcll
BRIDGFORD BEEF JERKY
TEST SERIES BY MARK THOMPSON
March 07, 2013
NAME: Mark Thompson
EMAIL: markthompson 242 at gmail dot com
LOCATION: Parker, Colorado, USA
HEIGHT: 6' 0" (2.10 m)
WEIGHT: 190 lb (86.20 kg)
Outdoor adventures started for me at an early age, my passions have grown to
include backpacking, rock climbing, hiking, hunting, fishing, canoeing, cycling,
skiing and snowshoeing. Most of my adventures presently take place in
Colorado's amazing Rocky Mountains. For trail hikes, my pack typically weighs
15 lbs/7 kg (summer/fall), 25 lbs/11 kg (winter/spring) and trail speed ranges
from 2.5 - 4 mph (4 - 6 km/h) depending on elevation gain. For backpack trips,
my pack weighs 40 - 45 lbs (18 - 20 kg) and my trail speed drops to 1.5 - 3.0
mph (2 - 5 km/h).
PRODUCT INFORMATION & SPECIFICATIONS
Manufacturer: Bridgford Foods Corp.
Year of Manufacture: 2012
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MSRP: US$ 23.94 ea
Listed Weight: 3 oz (85 g) (contents only)
Measured Weight: 3 oz (85 g) (contents only)
Measured Weight: 3.5 oz (99 g) (contents and package)
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I found the packaging and appearance to be consistent with quality packaged
foods and, with three stated servings per container, I was pleased to find a
reseal-able package. Although, I must admit, whomever can make this product
last for three servings has a ton more will power than I (but more on that
later). In the sealed package, the product does not require refrigeration, but
does have a recommended "Best Before" date.
TRYING IT OUT
I freely admit that I do not have the greatest amount of will power, so even
before writing this Initial Report, I grabbed a bag of the Honey Chipotle and
took it with me on my climb of the Second Flatiron, near Boulder, Colorado,
USA. Only later did I read the package to find that each bag contains three
servings. Other than a couple pieces shared with my climbing partners, I
consumed everything (well, not the silica preservative package) inside the bag.
Yes, it was delicious!
I have resisted the temptation to dive into a bag of Bridgford's "Original"
flavor, but the Honey Chipotle was delicious. So far:
- Zero grams of Trans Fat!
- Good source of protein
- Zesty taste without stomach irritation
- Great packaging for the outdoors, including the resealing feature
- There is a significant amount of sodium per serving, but this isn't much of a
con considering the amount of sodium required by the physical demands placed on
the body during high exertion activities such as backpacking.
<a name="FRPT">FIELD REPORT</a>
LONG-TERM TEST LOCATIONS AND CONDITIONS
Over the past few months, I have sincerely enjoyed consuming Sweet Baby Ray's
Beef Jerky on many adventures throughout Colorado, including:
- Backpacking along the Colorado Trail (early winter conditions)
- Ice Climbing in Rocky Mountain National Park and at the Lake City Ice Park
(very cold but mostly sunny, temperatures ranged from 0 to 20 deg F (-18 to -7
- Hiking up MT Audubon (sunny and cold with too much wind)
PERFORMANCE IN THE FIELD
I am not really sure why, but I had actually not given serious consideration to
beef jerky as a trail food prior to this test. Over these past few months,
Sweet Baby Ray's has "enlightened" me. I have really enjoyed the product!
As a trail food, Sweet Baby Ray's Beef Jerky is wonderfully tolerant of
temperature extremes. I did note some pieces did become mildly harder with the
obscenely cold temperatures in Lake City, but the temperature didn't have nearly
the effect on the beef jerky as other trail foods such as energy bars or candy
The honey chipotle is wonderful with a bit of a zing. It certainly woke up my
mouth on my colder adventures! I don't typically like spicy food when the
outside temperature it hot, so I expect that I will keep with the original
barbecue flavor during hot summer hikes.
In compliance with Federal Regulations, the nutritional value is stated on the
packaging. It states that there are 2.5 servings per package. I found that to
be rather accurate as it would take two to three eating rest stops to consume a
package on the trail. I did not attempt to use the product as a main meal per
se, rather as an "on trail" snack. Like many of my friends, I prefer to eat
several times during the day when I am on an outdoor adventure. Typically, I
find that it is hard for me to eat enough during the typical three meal-a-day
setting without feeling like I ate too much or ate so much I don't feel like
getting back on the trail.
Sweet Baby Ray's Beef Jerky is simply delicious! The product is consistently
tasty, easy on my stomach and fully met my expectations for "keeping the motor
running" on my outdoor pursuits. Well Done!
A sincere thank you to Bridgford Foods Corp and backpackgeartest.org!
This report was created with the BGT Report Generator.
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