Our Beef Jerky Taste Test

Which Beef Jerky is The Tastiest?

Problem

Our problem was first what were we going to taste test? Then we decided Jack Link's beef jerky. Now we decided the flavors Original, Hickory Smoked, and Teriyaki. Next we had to look up how many bags we needed; we found out we needed two jumbo bags of each.


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Info Gathered

Contents in Beef Jerky

For the taste test we had to gather info about our products to get background info about them. Info we had to gather included where the production facility is, what's in our product and when the company originated. The company originated in 1885. Their main production facility is in Minong, WI. Jack Link's web address is www.jacklinks.com. They also sell more than 100 different meat products in over 40 countries. Their slogan is "feed your wild side". The phone number is (608)-527-2131.


- Teriyaki

  • Beef
  • Sugar
  • Water
  • 2% or Less of Salt
  • Dried Soy Sauce (soybeans,salt,wheat)
  • Maltodextrin
  • Glutamate
  • Falvoring
  • Hydrolyzed Corn
  • Protein
  • Sodium Erythobate
  • Paprika Extract
  • Sodium Nitrite

  • Contains Wheat and Soy
  • 80 Calories



- Original
  • Beef
  • Water
  • Sugar
  • 2% or Less of Salt
  • Corn Syrup Solids
  • Dried Soy Sauce
  • Hydrolyzed Corn and Soy Protein
  • Monosodium Glutamate
  • Maltodextrin
  • Flavorings
  • Sodium Erythorbate
  • Sodium Nitrite

  • Contains wheat and soy
  • 80 Calories



- Original Hickory Smokehouse
  • Beef
  • Water
  • Brown Sugar
  • 2% of Less of Salt
  • Sugar
  • Spices
  • Flavorings
  • Monosodium
  • Glutamate
  • Sodium Nitrite

  • 80 Calories


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Hypothesis

For our hypothesis we had to decide on which we thought would win. Our group had mixed feelings on which would win. Lindsey thought that if we gave a 7th grader 3 pieces of beef jerky then they will chose Teriyaki , Michael and Buddy thought that if we gave a 7th grader 3 pieces of beef jerky then they will chose original and Emma thought that if we gave a 7th grader 3 pieces of beef jerky then they will chose Original Hickory Smokehouse .


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Experiment

For our experiment we took our beef jerky (that we bought) and put it into proportion cups, by flavor Original, Hickory Smoked, and Teriyaki.Then we had them taste all of the flavors of the beef jerky and, we filled up dixie cups with water, to wash the taste out of their mouths in between pieces. Then we had them taste all of the flavors of the beef jerky and, choose their favorite flavor, then record it on an iPad. Next we had to go through our packet and spreadsheet and see who picked what flavor and make a chart or graph.


Materials List

  • Original Hickory Smokehouse Jack Link's Beef Jerky
  • Original Jack Link's Beef Jerky
  • Teriyaki Jack Link's Beef Jerky
  • Sample Cups
  • Small Dixie Cups
  • Scissors
  • Rubber Gloves
  • Trays


Procedure

  • Put on rubber gloves
  • Open teriyaki, original, and original hickory smokehouse Jack Link's Beef Jerky
  • Cut into dime size pieces and place into sample cups
  • Fill a small dixie cup 3/4 way with water from faucet
  • Lay out beef jerky on 3 different trays with the 3 different brands
  • Lay in order of randomizer
  • Person tries all the beef jerky with water in between
  • Person chooses favorite flavor and records it on ipad
  • Repeat procedure

During the Taste Test

During the Taste Test

During the Taste Test

Observations

In our observations we saw that in the beginning of the test Original Hickory Smokehouse was winning. The middle of the race was taken over by original, which continued to lead until the end where teriyaki started to catch up. In the end though original did win but the others were close behind. Original Hickory Smokehouse took second and Teriyaki took last. The percentage of all the flavors was 35.7% for original, 33.3% for original hickory smokehouse and 30.9% for teriyaki.

Conclusion

For our final conclusion we found that Buddy's and Micheal's hypothesis was not rejected while Emma's and Lindsey's hypothesis was rejected because original beef jerky was most preferred by 7th graders. During the test the results went back and forth but in the end original won. We also found that Jack Link's beef jerky is very low in calories and is low in price compared to other brands.