4 Stars By Andee on 2017-10-27
Good easy to use jerky seasoning!
I bought a NESCO dehydrator and quickly found out that my family really enjoyed homemade jerky. So we bought this box of original flavored seasoning for when we want a more traditional smokey flavor. The pros: (1) It really does taste a lot like store bought jerky. It is a good seasoning mix. Sometimes when I want a less robust flavor or am using less meat I use half a packet. That turns out well, too. (2) I like easy. And this is easy. Just open packets and mix in. (3) The taste is consistent. With some other mixes sometimes you make a batch that tastes different than other batches. Hasn't happened with this seasoning yet. The cons: (1) They are unclear about exactly how much seasoning you get and how many batches it will make. You have to read the description carefully as there was a mismatch in the description and the picture. (2) Total packets do not equal total batches you can make because half of those packets are a preservative nitrate mix you use to make the meat more stable after drying. (3) The salt content is very high and the nitrate content is high, too. For those of you concerned about those two items, take note. I occasionally do not use the cure packet because I keep our jerky in the refrigerator and it never lasts more than maybe 5 or 6 days. Overall, it is a fine product, tastes good, is easy to use, and I plan to continue using it!
5 Stars By Jerry Scoppa on 2016-09-11
Great bang for your buck - people love it!
This is a great variety pack of jerky seasoning. Each time I make jerky using NESCO seasoning, people are blown out of the water at just how good hamburger based jerky. I do like a little more spice in there, so sometimes I will add some cayenne pepper or Red Hot to kick it up a bit. Before long trips, I will make a pound for when I am driving. A trip from NY to NC and back, the Teriyaki with a little liquid smoke, made for a great, healthy way for me to stay alert and not hungry while driving. Pair this with a NESCO jerky gun and dehydrator, and you have yourself a winning combo! Use 90% lean hamburger for a great option to pair with these spices.
4 Stars By zionmagus on 2017-08-25
Great for beginners, wish they kept it as 25 Packs instead of 12.
I really have nothing bad to say as for the Jerky seasoning themselves, except that there weren't really much difference between different flavors. As I like to add extra ingredients and spices anyway, this serves as a great easy go to base that can be expanded upon for different flavoring needs. I do recommend using 1 seasoning+cure to every 1.5lbs of meat, instead of the 1:1 ratio of meat to seasoning+cure, as that will be too salty. I use mostly ground meat, if you're using meat strips you might just be good with the recommended ratio.
Dehydrate for 4 hrs flipping once every 2 hrs and you're golden. I'd also recommend buying 93/7 ratio if you're using ground meat, as any other common ratio like 80/20, or 70/30 will produce a lot of fat drippings, and you'll have to soak them up with paper towels from your jerky. It's really quite the hassle. Stick with 93/7 and you won't have much of a mess to clean up afterward.
A side note, they used to sell this as a 25 Packs, with each packet + cure for 1lb of meat, but now it looks like they're combining two packs into one to marinate 2lbs of meat. I quite like the other option better because it gives me more flexibility. First I thought that they had reduced the amount of packets while keeping the same price but upon checking the net weight of each box, mine and the one posted on BTA-MALL, they both come out to roughly the same weight.
5 Stars By TWOO32 on 2015-08-28
Great for me!
We got some of this seasoning with our dehydrator & also picked up a smaller box at that time too. Since I'm buying it again I obviously like it! This flavor is best described as your classic type jerky seasoning. It reminds me of any of your big name store bought jerky "original" flavors. We like the flavor a lot. The premixed packets (made for 1lb of meat) are really perfect for me since the butcher packs our meat in 1lb tubes/bags. Nesco really makes it easy/fast to make great jerky at home with their products. Just make sure to break up the seasoning before opening the pack (smack it against your hand/counter lightly), and be careful of the dust when dumping into your mixing bowl (stuff is potent/concentrated!).
5 Stars By HealthyHappySenior on 2015-06-20
Essential and Excellent Spices for Jerky
These spices from Nesco are perfect! Yes, it may cost me a little more to get these packages; but, I know my jerky product will be perfect, and that is what matters to me. I especially like to use 94% fat-free beef hamburger meet for my jerky, and really prefer that to laboriously thinly slicing up beef. I purchase 3 lbs of 94% fat-free beef hamburger from my local Fred Meyers Store, open 3 of these containers and mix everything together. Since the flavors intensify the longer they soak together, I leave the mixture for 3 days, covered in my refrigerator. Since there is such a low content of fat, there is little blood to pour off.
Then I use the jerky tool provided by Nesco, and make up my beef jerky. I purchase the variety pack so that I can promote different flavors at different times. Great product. Absolutely perfect for making jerky, especially hamburger jerky.
4 Stars By CR on 2011-08-13
Great for a Starter Set!
These flavors are very tasty, and every batch of Jerky I have made with theses flavors has received praise! The variety pack is a great starter set. I am giving this 4 stars instead of 5 because I would rather have a smaller cheaper set to start with until I find my favorite flavors. Or a set of the same size with more varieties (as there are more flavors that are not included with this set).
5 Stars By Bill W on 2014-01-16
I'm just sayin'
Do you sometimes wonder "why did I purchase this"? Ya I know I can mix up something that would taste like jerky only different. Ya Initially, I thought about making my own spice mix, but thought I would give this a try. I am so happy that I did. The Nesco original mix has just the right seasonings for my palate. Oh, sure I sometimes add additives to achieve a specific result, like red pepper flakes to punch up the heat, some Italian seasoning to change it up a bit, but this mix alone is a just fantastic compliment to beef especially. I prefer making ground beef jerky. Ground jerky is much easier to enjoy. Like many other reviewers I only use about half of the cure. 1 because with all the cure it is too salty and 2 I store it all in the fridge so it needs less salt overall. Highly recommend Nesco Original Jerky Works for first time jerky makers. It's a great starting point. Have tried other jerky spice mixes, but keep coming back to the Nesco. Hope you enjoy it as much as I have.
3 Stars By Brendan on 2017-11-06
Not very good
Not the best jerky flavoring. If you're just getting started I recommend you buy or google some spice recipes. The is a very fine powder that you're supposed to soak your meat in. I think you should make you're own rubs, bc they taste better and they are more fun.
One of the simplest things to soak your jerky in before dehydrating is wishishere.
5 Stars By Mantis Toboggan, M.D on 2017-07-06
This Stuff Is Great!!!
Thank you for getting my package here in record time. I wanted to make some Jerky, but I was out of the flavoring. I searched for them in a local store by Nesco, and they too, were out. I was able to get the meat finished because of you. This is undoubtedly the best flavoring for Original Beef Jerky. I would highly recommend this to anyone and everyone I know. I love this stuff! I started with this brand, and I have been with it ever since. You can always change it up if you choose to add various spices, sauces and more. It is an Awesome Product that is very easy to use. Thank you again!
5 Stars By KensDiamond on 2013-09-09
Lots of great Flavors!
When I ordered the dryer I didn't realize that it would come with spices. So I ordered the variety pack to try a few of them. Our favorite was the Original and Teriyaki. The hot and spicy was a favorite with some friends but hubby and I didn't care for it as much as the others. I used the cure packet as the directions called for but found that it was too salty for us. I called Nesco and asked them if they had a cure that wasn't quite as salty and they said I could use 1/2 a package of the cure per pound of meat but not to use less than that. I tried it and it was perfect. I know the cure is necessary when drying meat but since hubby's heart attack he has been on a salt restricted diet and we never were big salt users anyway. If you want to try some of the variety of flavors that Nesco has this is a great way to sample them.