For over 20 years we have been developing Topanga’s Finest Gluten-Free Beef Jerky as a family recipe.
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Topanga’s Finest began as a labor of love… my love for beef jerky. The first beef jerky I ever tasted came from a jar at the local liquor store. Once I tasted it, I was hooked, buying a jar at a time, savoring the rich beefy flavor and washing it down with a bottle of Delaware Punch – am I dating myself? The thing is, this was the ONLY brand I liked. Other jerky brands I would try were too sweet or just too awful. Then it happened; one day, it was no longer available. I stopped eating beef jerky
Many years later as I was watching television, there was Ron Popel, selling his Roncho food dehydrator. I was sold! “That’s great, ” I thought, now I can learn to make my own.” So, I bought a dehydrator. Who knew back then that my love for beef jerky would become a passion and a business?
When I first started experimenting with the recipes, my jerky was too salty. Then, it was too sweet. Most recipes use honey, but I don’t care for honey so began to experiment with alternative sweeteners. Pretty soon, the flavors started coming together and I finally had a recipe that tasted good, not too salty, not too sweet and just the right blend of spices to give it a little kick. I also discovered that different cuts of beef absorbed the marinade differently.
My sons liked the jerky. They would share it with their friends. Pretty soon, I was making a roast every week or two. I am a sort of junk food junky, so giving my boys a healthy, homemade protein treat rather than cookies or chips was a good thing.
Many people have Celiac Disease. Others have allergic reactions or intestinal problems when they consume products with gluten.
At Topanga’s Finest, we are committed to giving our customers a healthy protein snack free of gluten that tastes good and won’t cause any stomach problems.
No. Our beef comes from cows that are raised in California. Our beef is a high quality product that has no hormones or antibiotics.
Topanga’s Finest Gluten-Free Beef Jerky is a family recipe that has been developed over 20 years of taste testing by family and friends.