GAIA (PEPPERED GARLIC BEEF JERKY)
GAIA (PEPPERED GARLIC BEEF JERKY)
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Made with herbs and spices from across the Mediterranean, Gaia will leave you with a small understanding of how the Earth tastes. Garlic, herbs, smoked paprika, cracked black pepper…the flavors in this bag will ground you to Earth and never let go.
A TASTE OF NATURE
Across the sea lies an ancient land. Or at least that’s how the stories go. The story of Gaia [GAH-ya] is Earth, personified. Have you ever stopped and just enjoyed the natural world? The sound of a river flowing - the smell of fresh herbs or pine growing all around - Gaia is that story. Made with herbs and spices from across the Mediterranean, Gaia will leave you with a small understanding of how the Earth tastes. Garlic, herbs, smoked paprika, cracked black pepper…the flavors in this bag will ground you to Earth and never let go. Gaia is our story.
We only source cattle that are pasture-raised on regeneratively maintained land. This process is more beneficial for the environment by increasing forage growth, sequestering carbon in the ground, and increasing biodiversity. Responsible beef for a more sustainable climate - eat less, but eat better.
100% GRASS-FED BEEF
Grass-fed beef is higher in Omega-3 fatty acids, a crucial part to a healthy diet that can reduce the risk of heart disease.
NO ADDED HORMONES
Our beef jerky is naturally lower in total fat, and doesn't contain any antibiotics or growth hormones.
ALL NATURAL INGREDIENTS
From guava juice to soy sauce and olive oil, we use only the highest quality ingredients in our marinades. No artificial ingredients – minimally processed.
NO ADDED NITRATES
No nitrates or nitrites except those naturally occurring in sea salt and celery powder.
Alaka'i uses gluten free soy sauce made with only water, soybeans, salt, and alcohol.
Gaia is also soy free!
Made with renewable plant-based resources for a cleaner, more sustainable Earth.
A desire to be different
Gaia is our take on a traditional peppered jerky. Although the flavor profile is a variation of a classic, the concept of Gaia was born out of a desire to be different. We wanted to go above and beyond what a simple peppered jerky could be, but we also wanted to create something that was far different from our first two jerky recipes. The need to be different is what drove Gaia to be what it is today.
A happy accident
So how did this passport take us to the Mediterranean and inspire a garlic-peppered jerky? Well, it happened on accident. We settled on a traditional peppered beef jerky recipe because it would be different enough from our other flavors. It also seemed like a safe choice because just about every beef jerky company has an original peppered flavor. However, in typical Windward fashion, we sought to make a more premium and interesting version of it. Pepper alone would not suffice, so we packed the recipe with garlic, herbs, and smoked paprika. To finish it off with a gourmet touch, we decided to add extra virgin olive oil to the marinade. It wasn’t until late in the process that we realized that there was a heavy Mediterranean influence on this recipe. A desire to be different opened doors to new places for our beef jerky.
A name that grounds us to our mission
Our new jerky recipe was full of herbs and spices that that had us thinking about the landscapes where they were cultivated. We market Gaia as beef jerky that will ground you to the Earth, but it also grounds us as a company to our ideals and mission. From the get-go we made it our mission to make sustainable beef jerky. From our use of 100% grass-fed beef and all-natural ingredients to our recent switch to eco-friendly packaging, sustainability has and always will drive our decisions. It seemed appropriate to name the new flavor after the Goddess of Earth. This was our way to creatively express our commitment to our mission. Gaia serves as a constant reminder of who we are, a nontraditional beef jerky company committed to sustainability.