WHAT IT MEANS TO BE TRULY GOURMET
The concept of a "gourmet jerky" is far from new. While some products are touted as gourmet, being truly gourmet is more than just using grass fed beef and avoiding artificial ingredients or preservatives (things now considered a minimum requirement for non-mass produced and hand crafted jerky).
The word gourmet is synonymous with fine food, and as such every ingredient used in Empire Jerky; from our 100% grass fed rump beef, fresh hand-peeled garlic and our cold-pressed lime juice have been chosen to bring true meaning to the gourmet label.
100% GRASS FED RUMP BEEFFLAVOURFUL, RESTAURANT GRADE STEAK
While using 100% grass fed beef is important to us, chances are you wouldn't be able to tell the difference. The secret however is in the cut. Rump beef has the most flavour of all lean cuts and is far superior in terms of flavour and tenderness than topside, eye of round or any number of cheap cuts used to produce jerky that minimise cost and preparation time.
Rump beef is far more time consuming to process, with a rump being comprised of several groups of muscles that need to be broken down and trimmed prior to marinating. With a tiny amount of marbling retained we seal our jerky in nitrogen to preserve freshness and provide the best end product possible.
KAKADU PLUMAustralia's native superfood
Considered a gift of the Dreamtime, the Kakadu Plum is Australia’s star superfood performer. Being the highest naturally occuring source of Vitamin C of any fruit on the planet and having 5.2x the antioxidant profile of blueberries - Kakadu Plum has exceptional nutritional and antiseptic properties and has been an important food and medicine in Northern Australia for millennia.
We utilise Kakadu Plum in all of our flavours as an alternative to artificial antioxidants and preservatives while supporting the Palngun Wurnangat Association who oversee a range of community-based projects designed to preserve and promote Indigenous culture and tradition, whilst fostering self-sustaining organisations run by and for Indigenous people including the harvesting of Kakadu Plum.
FRESH INGREDIENTSCOOKED TO PERFECTION
A truly gourmet experience needs to be comprised of the best ingredients possible. Hand peeled garlic accompanies our proprietary gluten-free soy sauce, fresh habanero and jalapeño peppers, cold pressed lime juice and smoked Australian peppercorns each bring our unique flavours to life naturally.
Our ingredients are blended, brought to a boil and simmered to unlock their natural flavours; a step that is performed for each and every batch, providing a unique depth of flavour that is unsurpassed.
"Mother Nature is the true artist and our job as cooks is to allow her to shine" - Marco Pierre White.
NOTHING ARTIFICIALFOR THE HEALTH CONSCIOUS
There are two main reasons to use artificial ingredients in your products; firstly as a cheap method to add flavour - something both the quality of our ingredients and our marination technique allow us to avoid, and the second is for safety.
Empire Jerky is produced to the highest standard with some of the most advanced technology available in the industry for controlling temperature, humidity and checking water activity levels. This allows us to confidently produce safe and healthy jerky without any artificial preservatives or curing agents.
PRODUCT OF AUSTRALIASUPPORTING AUSTRALIAN FARMERS & PRODUCERS
Our decision to produce jerky made from 100% Australian ingredients certainly made our job to redefine jerky even harder, however we stand by our decision and are proud to support local and national businesses.
From our custom-made gluten free soy sauce to our water from the aquifers beneath Cooroy Mountain, each and every ingredient in Empire Jerky is sourced locally first or nationally second.