In my post on our 3-day adventure I mentioned that we had vegetarian jerky to snack on. An inquiry was made in the comments section about it and in response, I promised a post on the jerky.
The vegetarian Jerky that we have found to be our go to traveling snack is Stonewall's Jerquee marketed by Lumen Soy Foods. Not to be confused with Stonewall Jackson the Confederate General.
I discovered the jerky while wandering around Market of Choice. A small 1.5 oz package costs $1.79. A few months ago I thought I'd give it a try thinking it would be good for hiking or all around snacking when traveling. Sometimes vegetarian substitutes can be hit or miss in the flavor and texture department, but I have been impressed with this product.
The pieces are firm and slightly dry like jerky and have a grain to them. Easy to bite into and tear along the grain like piece of real jerky. Through online research I have found that the company also offers a line of drier chewier jerky called "Cajun Jerkquee" that comes in several flavors. I may just have to try and find that one.
They have several flavors of the Stonewall's Jerquee as well. The Hot "Pastrami" flavor is my favorite.
I find it is a little drier than Troubadour's favorite - Teriyaki "Beef".
The packages have about 150 calories depending on flavor and 13 grams of protein. If you are into trying something new, keep an open mind and pick up a bag. No it doesn't taste like traditional beef jerky. But it is a good substitute for those of us veggie heads. They are even vegan friendly.
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And now for something completely different......
We haven't had much of a chance for riding since we came home from our trip. We got home on a Friday so we didn't ride that weekend and things came up this last weekend that kept us from getting out on the bikes.
We were helping a friend on Saturday, which required we take the car to coffee. We didn't mind though, it is nice to know that a friend in need knows they can count on you for assistance.
We could have ridden yesterday, but chose to go out and pick 23 pounds of fresh blueberries instead. Yummy. We are now on antioxidant overload. Free radicals beware.
We have a several local blueberry farms and our favorite seems to be Anderson's Blues. Not certified organic but pesticides and sprays are kept to a minimum. They prefer ladybugs and spiders for pest control. They have many varieties of blueberries ranging from Bluecrop, to Toro, to Early Blue and Chandler.
Our favorite by far is the Chandler. They tend to be larger than most blueberries.
Bigger around than a quarter and so tasty. We picked so much because we freeze them and enjoy them all year round.
My mother also loves them so we pick for her too and she picks up the bags of frozen berries from us when she visits. We don't have the same days off so it makes visiting for berry picking together more difficult.
So, since this last weekend was fully booked, I'm hoping to get out and ride next weekend, provided I'm not in a blueberry coma.
- Au Revoir
" Summer has set in with its usual severity." ~ Samuel Taylor Coleridge