A lot actually, especially if it comes from Patagonia.
We tend to be an outdoorsy lot here at Cigar Habitat, and we have to confess a positive bias toward Patagonia. The company has pursued sustainability and responsible manufacturing long before most people knew or cared what that meant.
And their customer service has been epic. One staffer recounted reporting a broken zipper to their customer service department—on a 10-year old jacket. The normal response would be something along the lines of, “Throw it out and buy a new one.” Patagonia’s response was an apology that it could no longer be repaired since the model is discontinued, and a pledge to replace it with an equivalent current model free of charge. So, what did we have to lose spending 10 bucks on two ounces of jerky? Probably nothing.
The mouth feel is rich and meaty and just a tiny bit gamey, in the same way a well-aged cut of beef exhibits that teeny bit of luxurious funk that only true connoisseurs fully appreciate. The seasonings compliment the flavor, and the finish is long but clean, with no lingering aftertaste. The pieces of meat are generally uniform and consistent with no stringiness or fat, suggesting careful hand trimming.
As you’d expect from Patagonia, the meat doesn’t come from anything resembling a factory farm. It’s humanely raised here, free roaming, and they never, ever meet their end in a slaughterhouse where animals are needlessly stressed, not only resulting in an inhumane end to their lives but also adversely affecting the quality of the meat.
Of course, killing anything is bound to be messy but (skip to the next paragraph now if you don’t want to know) these animals are basically harvested by a sharpshooter in the field and never even see it coming. It’s a quick, dignified end by most standards and a million miles more humane than slaughterhouse methods.
Oh, and by purchasing buffalo raised this way, you’re helping to preserve the Great Plains ecosystem.
Our highest recommendation then for Patagonia Provisions Buffalo Jerky. They also sell some great looking salmon and soups, and we can’t wait to try them.