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Review: Trader Joe’s Meatless Meatballs

Posted in Fake Meat, REVIEWS, TJ's Meatless Meatballs with tags on November 14, 2008 by chomposaurus

For this meatless friday, we give you the best meatless meat deal on the planet: a bigass sack of TJ’s soyballs for under five bucks. Do they taste like real meatballs? Not quite. But they have the texture just right – chewy yet delicate – and they look damn good in the sauce. They come a bit underseasoned, so you can add whatever spices feel right. You might be looking for a more detailed review, but there isn’t one. If you like meatballs, but don’t want to eat meat, buy these. You won’t be disappointed.

Review: Trader Joe’s Turkey Jerky

Posted in Jerky, REVIEWS, STUFF ABOUT MEAT, Trader Joe's Turkey Jerky with tags , , on September 3, 2008 by chomposaurus

You know, most people like to think they’re above impulse buying. “That’s for the morons with no self-control,” they say as they pick up their usual tin of Altoids by the register. I count myself among this hypocritical bunch after impulse-buying a pack of Trader Joe’s Turkey Jerkey (teriyaki flavor) while I was standing in the massive line of hipsters and shut-ins at the Union Square flagship store. And let me tell you, I did not regret my choice.

The jerky exhibited great texture, with a little artificial “tire tread” pattern making it easier to bite. Jerky should take some effort, but not work your jaw to exhaustion. It was hard to taste the smoke flavor that was added, but the turkey came through loud and clear. The teriyaki flavoring leaned heavily towards “sweet” and away from “salt,” a good thing if you enjoy devouring an entire bag at once. I’d say the taste had an almost cherry-like fruitiness to it, reinforcing jerky’s role as the true candy of the meat world.

For under five bucks for a big bag, this turkey jerky can’t be beat by your typical low-quality grocery store brands. Check it out the next time you’re buying a cartload of 2-buck Chuck.