Branded as meatless jerky, these strips of savory protein come in multiple varieties. Primal Strips come packed in sturdy, sealed, compact little wrappers. They are designed for the on-the-go vegan. If there’s one type of convenience food a vegan would like to have, it’s a protein. And these savory snacks are a welcome change from the standard “protein bar.” I, for one, grow tired of the sweet, nutty, datey-ness of granola type protein chunks.
Primal Strips come in three styles of protein- seitan, soy, and shiitake mushroom, which end up as three distinct textures. The shiitake mushroom is the best. My opinion only, of course. The shiitake is firm- almost hard- like jerky. Easy to eat, and doesn’t taste like mushroom (not that it would be a bad thing, it just doesn’t taste like mushroom). Hot and Spicy is the flavor. That’s the only negative here- shiitake mushroom comes in only one flavor. At least it’s hot and spicy.
The soy is ok. Not as firm as shiitake, by any means, but firmer then the seitan, which comes apart in big chunks. I don’t like the big chunks- just a big mess for me. But, it could just be me, I suppose. I know another hungry vegan who absolutely loves the seitan. To each ya’ll’s own. That’s probably why Primal makes three types, to satisfy the masses. Make more flavors in shiitake!
No matter if it’s soy, seitan, or shiitake, the six flavors of Primal Strips are de-lish-us! Hot and Spicy, Hickory Smoked, Mesquite Lime, Thai Peanut, Texas BBQ, and Teriyaki. Can I say that these should all be made in shiitake mushroom?!
I actually also acted on Primal’s recommendation to “serve hot on a sandwich.” I took the Seitan Teriyaki and threw it in a skillet before sticking it on my roasted red pepper sandwich. Not bad, but probably better in a salad.
Overall, Primal Strips are destined to become a vegan-on-the-go mainstay (especially that Shiitake Hot and Spicy. Yum).
Primal Strips gets 5 Goatz for savory, lip-lickin’ convenience.
Gratitude and thanks to Primal Spirit Foods for graciously sending me some of their products to review
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i have been eating ( and in the alternate trying to locate a steady supply of) Primal strips since 2006…..went to Egypt w/a friend and these strips were LIFESAVERS!!!
whole foods here in aventura, florida doesn’t always have the one in Plantation does sometimes….
where can i get a steady supply (BTW) just finished mid-morning snack of the Teriyaki strip…
my fav is spicy shitake and the bar-b-que but truly, i love them all….do not like sweet bars..these have the meat texture i crave!!!! where can i buy more?
I’ve only had the opportunity to try one flavour of these but they are SO delicious!