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Sunday, December 15, 2019

Food Review: Akua Kelp Jerky

I like food that's both sustainable and tastes good. I had hope that Akua Kelp Jerky would be a new addition to my snack box... but it's not looking good.

I bought the variety pack, and have only opened one so far.

Spicy Thai and Spirulina
I'd love to tell you what kelp tastes like, but I couldn't taste the kelp. All I could taste was the seasoning, and there was way too much of it. I can understand seasoning to drown out the flavor of something, but my bag of ST&S was seasoned like they were trying to drown out the texture.

Like it was sauteed... and then breaded with the seasoning.

I mean, I have a pretty high tolerance for garlic. I opened the one that had garlic in the ingredients list (bonus points for using all ingredients I can pronounce), and maybe that was a mistake.

I tried washing it (put the jerky in a larger ziplok bag sloshed it in water for a few minutes, then dried it in the microwave), and while the seasoning was reduced, it was still overbearing. And I could smell the kelp, but not taste anything but the seasoning. Maybe I would have been better trying to dry it in the oven instead.

Score: 1/5
The only reason it's not zero is because of the ingredients list, sustainable and carbon negative business. Otherwise, they're literally inedible.

Buy on akua.co

Unfortunately, for everyone customer who gets upset about overseasoning, there's someone who gets upset about underseasoning. - Courtney Boyd Meyers, Akua
If someone is getting what I got and complaining about underseasoning, you could forgo the kelp and just send them a bag of seasoning. That is how excessive it was.

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