In case you were wondering...
Why the vacuum pouch inside of a printed bag? It's much harder to open.
Very good question! The best way to preserve freshness in beef jerky is to vacuum seal it to eliminate exposure to oxygen. Other companies do not vacuum seal because it makes the outer packaging look “ugly” or hard (impossible) to read and because it costs more. Crazy Mike’s is all about freshness and quality, not costs. Industry standard is to use oxygen absorbers, but this sub-standard method relies on them to actually work and/or the outer bag to provide 100% barrier protection. If either fails, the freshness is gone and the jerky can go bad. Thus, Crazy Mike’s combines the best of both worlds – vacuum sealed inner pouch to lock in that crazy good freshness, then sealed into an eye-catching outer bag! So even though it's a little bit harder to open, you'll find it's well worth it!
How did you really get the name Crazy Mike?
At the local bar one day, my friends contemplated a name for my home brew (you should’ve seen the smoke coming out of their ears as they thought and thought)! A few (or several) beers later, they unanimously agreed upon Crazy Mike’s because I’m known for being adventurous and trying anything once, however crazy it may be. Jumping out of a perfectly good airplane not once, but twice. Scuba Diving. Marathons. Triathlons. Cycling 100 miles up the coast of Oahu. And traveling throughout the world underwater while stationed on a nuclear submarine to name a few. I liked the name (they really didn’t give me a choice) so my home brew became Crazy Mike’s Homebrew! I just carried over the name to my beef jerky. Now you know the “rest of the story!”
What’s really going on with those preservatives?
Even though they are only present in trace amounts as tested by Great Lakes Scientific, a private, independent food testing laboratory, the FDA requires them to be listed on the label because they are in the base marinade. The actual percentages are 0.029% Potassium Sorbate and 0.055% Sodium Benzoate. Crazy Mike's does not add any preservatives or "flavor enhancing" chemicals that you often see in other beef jerky brands.
What about the Gluten?
FDA labeling requirements are quite extensive, especially when it comes to making "claims" like High Protein, Low Fat, Gluten Free, etc. and you must meet specific requirements for whatever you are claiming on your label. Since the base marinade contains Gluten, the finished product cannot be labeled as “Gluten Free”, even though the test results by Great Lakes Scientific were ND (None Detected - Gluten Free).
Why FREE Shipping, are you Crazy?
Duh! Crazy Mike's wants to make shopping easy! What is easier than not having to worry about how much you're going to get gouged on shipping costs? Crazy Mike likes to sample all the other brands of beef jerky out there and nothing is more frustrating than wanting to buy one bag, then when you get to the end of the checkout process, the total cost with shipping is much higher (sometimes double) and/or there’s a dangling carrot out there that if you just purchase $30 more (sometimes it's $50 or even $100 to get free shipping). So, we offer FREE shipping (United States only, including Hawaii and Alaska) on all individual orders and on each Jerky of the Month Club shipment. Orders ship via USPS 1st Class Package or Priority Mail, depending on the quantity ordered. We ship faster than a NASCAR driver turning left!! Order by 5 am Monday through Saturday and your order ships the same day!
Is Jerkynemia really a thing?
Of course - not! It's a made up thing! Perhaps one day they'll add it to the Oxford Dictionary though?! Until then, you can use the term as the diagnosis for "lack of eating high-quality beef jerky"! And of course, Crazy Mike's Premium Handcrafted Hickory Smoked Beef Jerky (either Regular or Peppered) is the perfect cure!
I want more Crazy Mike's; how do I change my subscription?
Contact Crazy Mike on the Contact page and we'd be happy to modify your subscription!
Do you offer any discounts?
Yes indeed! By subscribing to the Jerky of the Month Club, you get a 5% discount with a monthly subscription, a 10% discount with a 6-month subscription, and a 15% discount with a 12-month subscription - all with FREE shipping! Additionally, we will be advertising various promotional discounts throughout the year via email, social media and promotional pop-ups on this website.