Kooee! Grass Fed Jerky reveiw

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My husband is a huge fan of chilli and has been exploring how hot he can handle it. We were looking forward to trying the two spicy flavours of Kooee! Jerky.

We rated the Habenero chilli as 4.5 out 5 hot, while the smoked chipotle was rated a more moderate 2.5 out of 5 hot. This Tasmanian-based company makes beef jerky in other flavours, like classic sea salt and native mountain pepperberry. They use Tasmanian beef which is raised free-range and 100% grass-fed, which might explain why the beef jerky is so tasty.

The Kooee! beef jerky is a high protein, paleo-friendly and gluten free snack. It doesn’t contain soy, gluten, added sugar, preservatives or GMO products like some of the jerky you will find in the supermarket.

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I love eating jerky and this one is definitely moreish. I found myself finishing a whole packet in one sitting! The slices of dehydrated beef offer a nice balance between the spicy chipotle, coconut aminos, apple cider vinegar and sea salt.

The jerky is healthy and convenient to carry around with you, so you could put it in your backpack for bushwalking or take it to work. Each 30g packet contains 15g of protein. The meat is easy to chew through and bite off because it is cut against the grain. You won’t feel like you are chewing like a cow!

Kooee! Beef Jerky is produced in small amounts and is sold at the Hobart Farmers Markets and Launceston Farmers Markets. It’s lucky that you can order Kooee! Beef Jerky from their online shop at www.kooeesnacks.com.au.

Food trends for 2016

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Mixed Media painting by Emma Crameri

What are your food predictions for the coming year?

Here are ours:

  1. Reintroducing food from our childhood, such as Polly Waffles as The Great Aussie Waffle Log by Chocolate Works.
  2. Workshops in canning and preservation.
  3. What about camel milk? Any one?
  4. Seaweed as the new kale.
  5. Cuisines from the Scandinavia. Rotting fish, sustainably produced reindeer and lingonberry desserts. It’s not just about IKEA food anymore.
  6. The United Nations has dubbed 2016 as International Year of the Pulse. They are inexpensive and versatile. We love a good lentil curry.
  7. Fermented foods of all varieties. Our favourite brands were Peace, Love and Vegetables and Kitsna’s Kitchen. We hope the price of jars and crockpots and starters will come down in price.
  8. Smashed cucumber instead of avocado on toast.
  9. Craft artisan food and beverage tours. We love the Bean Brewding coffee tours. Have you tried a coffee and cheese matching tour?
  10. Small-batch hard liquor, such as gin, mescal and tequila.
  11. Selling sea water for cooking purposes.

Let’s hope we see the end of cronuts (a croissant-doughnut hybrid), cruffins (croissant crossed with a muffin) and freakshakes (oversized milkshakes, generally with doughnuts stuffed in them). So unhealthy.

For more restaurants and cafes tips in the South East of Queensland, please feel free to follow my recommendations on Yelp.

Top food trends at the moment

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Just for a bit of fun, I thought I’d list the top food trends of the moment:

  1. Coconut products – coconut milk, coconut oil, coconut yoghurt. Did you know you could even get coconut vinegar and coconut sugar?
  2. Fermented foods – are sell outs at our local markets, but I’m starting to see it pop up in the popular press with recipes for people to try making them at home.
  3. Bacon wrapped foods – including plaited bacon covering roasts and eggs wrapped in bacon ‘muffins’.
  4. Whole roasted cauliflower
  5. Grass-fed meat – because it is healthier for you and healthier for the animals. It’s starting to appear in the major supermarkets.
  6. Drinking out of glass jars and old-fashioned milk bottles. Now selling in Kmart.
  7. Boutique coffee roasters
  8. Sugar-free diet. Lead by Sarah Wilson and her I Quit Sugar books.
  9. The paleo diet.
  10. Watercress is the new kale. Recently topping a super foods list.

Ghee and lard, intermittent fasting and making your own alternate milks just missed out. I’ve also noticed pineapple motifs are becoming popular.

What food trends have you noticed recently?

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What is third wave coffee?

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So what does third wave coffee mean? Let’s back it up and explain what first wave and second wave coffee are first.

The first wave of coffee occurred with the freeze-drying techniques after the Second World War Coffee became a popular beverage, although the quality was not the best.

The second wave of coffee was the global domination of Starbucks and other chains of coffee shops, and included the trend in home espresso machines. It is characterised by a shift from Robusta to Arabica coffee beans. Coffee quality improved, although there was a rise in adding sweeteners, syrups and other ingredients to coffee to change the taste.

The third wave of coffee is treating coffee like an artesian product, similar to the way we treat a fine chocolate or wine or cheese. It is characterised by single origin coffee and being able to trace a coffee back to an individual coffee plantation. It celebrates coffee for its unique attributes and taste. Consumers are happy to pay a higher price for a better product and one which is produced sustainably and with fair trade methods.

Consumers are in an enviable position in being able to taste some of the best third wave coffee from around the world at their local and independent espresso bar.

If you are in Brisbane, you may like to attend a Bean Brewding Coffee Tour to find out more about the third wave of coffee.

List of Australian Paleo Websites

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Here is a list of some of the Australian based Paleo and primal food bloggers and websites:

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Paleo Facebook groups

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Here are some Paleo Facebook Groups and Pages you may wish to join or follow:

Carseldine Markets

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Carseldine Markets are located on the old QUT Carseldine Campus in Brisbane and are open Every Saturday from 6am to 12 noon.

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I had a pleasant visit and enjoyed a filling breakfast of pulled pork and then a delicious super healthy green smoothie. There is a gourmet food and dining are where you can pick up breakfast or brunch.

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The Carseldine Farmers and Artisan Markets is North Brisbane’s very own genuine produce, foodie and craft market with over 150 stalls. It features a wide range of wares focusing on premium and in-season fresh produce from South East Queensland.

You can find traditional and gourmet foods, market provisions made by passionate producers, growers, farmers, painters, cooks, chefs, designers, bakers, fishmongers, butchers, baristas, and juicers.

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There is also live music, activities for the kids, and a huge seating area.

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Recommended for those who live locally.

Carseldine Markets
532 Beams Rd (Cnr Beams & Dorville Rd)
Carseldine, Brisbane

Directory of Paleo and Primal Food in Australia

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Here’s our super long list of paleo and primal food in Australia.

Australia wide

Tip – Just ask your local butcher if the meat is grass fed? And how it is finished? We were surprised to find grass fed meat is often not advertised.

  • Almond butter – Macro – Woolworths
  • Chocolate – look for sugar free brands – Lindt 85%, Green and Blacks 85% – Woolworths, Coles, IGA
  • Organic dates –  Coles but not Woolworths
  • Coconut milk and cream with no additives/emulsifiers etc: Ayam-brand coconut milk in the Asian section. There is also an organic line. – Woolworths.
  • Coconut yoghurt: Coyo
  • Grass fed meat – Aldi, Coles, Woolworths
  • Organic shredded coconut, Macro-brand: Woolworths
  • Chocolate, coconut sugar etc – Loving Earth
  • Free range chicken – Coles and Woolworths
  • 180 nutrition protein powder
  • Paleo Hero – muesli, bars and supplements
  • Grass fed butter – Mainland Butter and Anchor butter and Westgold
  • beef jerky – Geronimo Jerky
  • Organic coconut oil
  • Nuilife coconut oil
  • Spiral Foods coconut oil
  • Various – Honest to Goodness

Adelaide and South Australia

  • Meat – organic/grass-fed etc: P&O organic butchers, located in the city in the David Jones basement in Food Glorious Food, and also on Magill Road. The Magill Road one is far more useful if you are looking for the more ‘uncommon’ parts of meat.
  • Coconut Oil – available in several places in and around the Central Market, but for the best value/selection I go to Goodies and Grains in the Central Markets (Gouger St side).
  • Coconut Flour – order it through the health food store in Burnside Village.
  • Spices/nuts/dutch pressed cocoa/agave nectar – Goodies and Grains in Central Market

Brisbane and Queensland

  • Grass fed beef: Super Butchers have a wide selection of grass-fed beef.
  • Grass fed meat: Meatcart – Online butchers
  • Queensland Natural Beef at Toogoolawah have grass-fed beef, lamb and pork
  • Gympie St Terrace Butchery is the place to go. You can even order nitrate free bacon before hand. It’s all grass fed and local meats.
  • My Butcher in Duke St also stock some pretty darned nice beef
  • Eumundi has an organic butcher as well
  • Northey Markets – stock ‘bath’ milk

Canberra and Australian Capital Territory

  • Coconut flour: Healthy life, Woden Westfield. IGA Deakin
  • Griffith shops has an organic butcher
  • Mountain Creek Whole Foods
  • Nut Shoppe at the Fyshwick markets good for coconut flour and oils and nuts

Melbourne and Victoria

  • Supplements and stock Wicked Whey (choc) and Naked Whey (unflavoured), which are good, clean, locally-made, grass-fed whey protein products – Great Earth
  • Kefir – Polish deli at Vic Market
  • Rendina’s Butchery in Balwyn stock a huge range of organic, bio-dynamic and free-range meats, including homemade smallgoods (and are lovely people).
  • The Vic Market is great with loads of super fresh organic veggies, nuts and spices, and the Chicken Pantry in the shop section sells free range and some organic poultry and game. McIntosh’s sell organic coffee beans.
  • Cherry Tree Organics in Beaconsfield are butchers selling their own organic/bio-dynamic lamb and beef as well as pork, chicken and smallgoods. They also have vegetables and some fruit and order bath milk for anyone who likes to take milk baths. They also stock True Organic butter and cheeses.
  • I get coconut flour, flakes, and a couple of different brands of oil from Go Vita Berwick

Perth and Western Australia

  • Free range eggs – Wanneroo markets, local IGAs have Kalbarri eggs
  • Pork Crackle- there’s a local brand called Alan’s Pork Crackle, based in Maddington, you have to hunt down which local IGAs or Farmer Jacks stock them.
  • Spices, alternative flours, chia seeds etc – Wanneroo markets.
  • Coconut flour – Health Kick stores have Nui brand, can ask them to order it in
  • Coconut oil – Health Kick stores and some Friendlies Chemists have them too.
  • Cocoa powder Green and Blacks- Health Kick stores
  • Grass Fed Beef at Subiaco’s farmer’s markets and frozen raw cows milk

Sydney and New South Wales

  • Grassfed beef: Hudson meats in Surry Hills is almost exclusively grass fed. Additionally, I just asked my local butcher, Michael’s Meats (very well priced, in the Surry Hills shopping village) whether his meat was grass fed and he said that almost all of it is. Additionally, Eveleigh Markets near Sydney University on a Saturday grass fed beef stall (Green Hills Organic).
  • grassfed beef, lamb and goat from farms in Bowral – Sydney Meats, Farm Fresh to your Door
  • Fivefingers in Sydney City. They are Australian priced though so cost way more than in the USA. Excellent customer service!
  • Kefir grains, coconut yoghurt and macadamia butter: About Life in Bondi Junction, Sydney
  • Enoki mushrooms – Paddy’s Markets mushroom stand for $1.50 a bunch. Asian Thai-kee IGA above China Town Paddy’s Markets has the same enoki for $1.90
  • Coconut/palm sugar: Thai kee IGA above Paddy’s Markets in Chinatown. They have all the dried seaweeds (and some fresh (frozen) too.
  • The Free Range Butcher, Sydney
  • the Grass Fed Butcher, Balmain markets
  • Nitrite free bacon: Sam the Butcher, Bondi Rd, Bondi.
  • Spaghetti squash: Norton St Grocer in Westfield, Bondi Junction
  • Real sauerkraut: the Russkis Deli on Bond Rd, Bondi
  • Adam’s Quality Meats in Gerringong, NSW has only grass-fed beef and lamb.

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  • Supplements – iherb.com – the best place to buy affordable vitamins

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Australian Paleo Meetup Groups

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There are Paleo meet-up groups in all states of Australia. Meetup helps groups of people with shared interests plan events and facilitates off line group meetings in various localities around the world. For example, the meet-up groups may arrange local dinners, barbecues, picnics, or talks. Meetups are a great way of meeting new people and finding out about Paleo suppliers in your area.

Here is a list of the Paleo Meetup groups in Australia:

It’s free to join up.

Paleo discussion forums

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Do you want to find a place where you can freely discuss the paleo diet and lifestyle with other like-minded people, then try one of the following discussion forums: