October 10, 2009
I happened to find this random product at my favorite natural foods store, Natural Grocers/Vitamin Cottage. It’s called Stonewall’s Jerquee, A Vegetable Protein Product. I bought the Cajun Bacon flavor honestly expecting that it would be horrible, and when I opened the package, I had one thought…cat treat. It looks like cat treats. And it smells kind of like smoky cat treats.
So far, my expectations were not very high. How about the ingredient list? Defatted soy flour, water, yeast, extra virgin olive oil, soy sauce, garlic, onion, cayenne, and sorbic acid. Not a bunch of junk that I can’t pronounce or decipher. Ok, so maybe this won’t be so bad?
Now for a bite. The texture is very chewy; a texture I can’t remember getting in a meatless product. I like it! And the taste? Very spicy and peppery with a little smoke and saltiness. I’m surprised that I’m enjoying this odd little snack, but I really am!
I’ve bought Stonewall’s Jerquee twice now, and I still like it. I’d like to try some of the other varieties next time. And guess who else likes them? Gabriel! The cat who won’t even touch the Thanksgiving turkey doggie bag that SisMama sends to Ashy Poo begs for a taste of this spicy soy bacon treat!
Overall rating: 4 stars out of 5 on the Sister Scale. Stonewall’s Jerquee doesn’t really remind me of bacon, but I like the originality, the chewy texture and the spicy flavor as a little tidbit. Nice job, Stonewall!
If you can’t find these snacks locally, you can order them on Lumen Foods web site. Next time I’ll give you the veggie scoop on Morningstar Farm’s faux bacon strips.