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Product Review: Funguy Jerky from Mean Vegan Products
by Marla Rose
in a while, a new vegan item shows up on my doorstep and it’s all I can
do to pause for a moment or two to take a couple of photos and delay
tearing the package open with my bare (as opposed to clothed?) teeth
for a few moments. The day I got some Mean Vegan Products Funguy Jerky was one of those days.
As kindred vegans and fans of meat-y textures and savory flavors, Stephanie Shelton and Shawn Mock
of Kansas City, MO founded Mean Vegan Products in 2011 after developing
jackfruit tamales and have since begun crafting their gluten-free,
vegan signature jerkies, carried in more than 35 stores in Kansas and
Missouri, and they recently signed with a west coast broker to start
being carried there as well. Now they are selling on Etsy
as well. Their jerkies are vegan and made with simple, unprocessed
ingredients. As someone with a gluten sensitivity, most meatless
jerkies are not available to me but these guys are fair game as they
don’t have the typical wheat gluten and soy sauce. Hint: there is a
reason they call them “Funguy.”
They are made with portobello mushrooms.
I sampled their two flavors: Mellow & Smoky Jerky and Sweet & Spicy Jerky.
Both are chewy and full of rich umami flavor, less salty than the other
vegan jerkies I’d had in my gluten-ous days, and a lot less oily/messy.
The two portobello mushrooms that comprise each one-ounce package are
infused with the flavor, not dripping in marinade, and the chewiness
comes from the dehydration process. It makes for a really tasty, deep
flavor experience. If you’ve been craving vegan jerky with a minimum of
ingredients and a satisfying chewiness, this may be the product for
Both flavors taste as advertised: the Mellow & Smoky is perfect for
even the most sensitive palates, pleasantly smoky and balanced, and the
Sweet & Spicy imparts a nice little heat from cayenne, complemented
by sweetness, and a touch of sesame oil. Each jerky was created with a
subtle hand in flavor balance and a minimum of ingredients because with
savory, toothsome portobello mushrooms and seasoning elements like
molasses, apple cider vinegar, wheat-free tamari and simple spices, you
just don’t need much more.
If you love jerky, mushrooms and independent vegan companies, please check out Mean Vegan Products Funguy Jerky. You won’t be disappointed.
Vegan Street received this product for free to review and this was my honest evaluation.
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