I am currently looking at jerky options. One of my go-to quick lunches at work when I don’t have the time to sit down to eat, but have to work on the go, is a version of my DIY Primal Pacs that pair with nuts and dried fruit for a good, quick lunch. But I have almost run through my stash of jerky, and am trying to figure out what the best deal would be for replenishing my stockpile. I am sure that making my own would be the cheapest, and I plan to do that in the next couple of weeks, but there are those times where you know that isn’t possible and need something store bought to get you through. So I am compiling a price per ounce on jerky at some of the various jerky suppliers. Some have more of a variety of flavors, and others have just one product, but this will give you some options to look at, and this doesn’t include shipping/tax since that will vary depending on how much you get and where you live.
Primal Pacs – $36.75/15oz = $2.45/oz
Tanka Bites – $29.17/18oz = $1.62/oz
Steve’s Paleo Goods Paleo Jerky – $6.95/2.5oz = $2.78/oz
US Wellness Meats Jerky – $12.59/8oz = $1.57/oz
Caveman Fuel – $12/4oz = $3/oz
Grassfed Jerky Chews – $7/2oz = $3.50/oz
Nicks Sticks – $19.50/6oz = $3.25/oz
Paleo Ranch – $53.76/18oz = $2.99/oz
WellFood Co – $39.49/12oz = $3.29/oz
The New Primal – $7.59/2oz = $3.80/oz
Looks like to me that US Wellness Meats has really gotten their costs down to a very manageable price for the consumer and win this battle easily.
Now, if you’re looking for good jerky that is not necessarily grassfed, but still gluten-free, here are a few that I have used before with success.
Krave Jerky – $7/3.25oz = $2.15/oz
Kirkland Signature Steak Strips – $10.58/12oz (possibly less at the actual store)= $0.88/oz
Kirkland Signature Pork Strips – $12.69/20oz = $.064/oz
Now, keep in mind that if I buy grassfed beef of something like flank steak, it is about $12/lb, so you are looking at around $.75/oz for that plus seasonings and sauces may get you to $.80/oz. But considering it would pull away all of the liquid you are probably going to be closer to $1.50/oz after the process is done. Not to mention you did it yourself, so that is definitely the most economical, and safest, way to go about it, you just have to devote the time to do so.
Are there any that I missed? Are there any good options out there that I totally skipped somehow? Let me know and I’ll try to add them to the list.
I make no bones about the fact that I love Costco. It is my favorite place to buy groceries just because they have a great selection at solid prices, and you don’t have to come back for awhile unless you just really want to.
We buy quite a few of our staples at Costco each month. I try to stock up on things that will last until my next trip, then there are other things that I know will only be good for a single week, so I just get a smaller version of this to use pretty immediately for things like produce. Now, my list does contain some things that aren’t hardcore paleo, but all are gluten free and skirting the edges of paleo. I keep a spreadsheet from my trips so I can see where the money went, if prices have changed, and can compare prices against other stores if i’m out to see if it is a good deal using a Google Spreadsheet that I can get to on my phone if I need to. I know, ridiculous, but if you are trying to save money, you have to keep up with the best prices.
- Lara Bars variety pack – Blueberry muffin, cashew cookie, peanut butter cookie
- Organic Frozen Blueberries
- Organic Frozen Broccoli
- Wild caught sardines
- Beef Steak Strips (Jerky)
- Gluten Free Chicken Nuggets
- Brussel Sprouts
- No Sugar Salsa
- Organic Tomato Sauce
- Aidell’s Chicken and Apple Sausages
- Kerrygold Dubliner Cheese
- Kerrygold Butter
- Wholly Guacamole
- Organic Cage Free Eggs
- Organic Frozen “Normandy Vegetables” – Broccoli, Cauliflower, Carrots
- Aidell’s Meatball Variety Pack – Caramelized Onion and Spicey Mango & Jalapeno
- Organic Maple Syrup
- Crunchmaster Crackers
- Frozen 1/3 lb Grilled Sirloin Patties
- Oh Yeah! Protein Bars
- Huge bags of rice
- Frozen Salmon Burgers
- Extra Virgin Olive Oil
- Kale Salad
- Annie’s Fruit Snacks
- Dehydrated Blueberries
- Dehydrated Mango
- Frozen Chicken Breasts & Slices
- Cascadian Farms Fries
- Himalayan Pink Salt
- Vanilla Extract
- Rotisserie Chicken
- Medjool Dates
- Unsalted Cashews
Now, those are the items that I actually have bought. I have seen a lot of other posts with good prices on things like grassfed beef and chicken, but we have a good supplier that is local that we buy from, so we skip that if we can.
So, if you are paleo and want to save money, this may be a good option for you, especially if you can get a half off deal from one of the groupon type sites once a year.