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Vince Mannella 04-18-2011 03:18 PM

Nitrate free bacon
 
I love bacon....but the bacon I buy has nitrates in it....bad for me!
I can't find any nitrate free bacon at the grocery store.
Any suggestions?

I'm thinking maybe a butcher shop?

Christopher G. Woods 04-18-2011 03:27 PM

Re: Nitrate free bacon
 
What you want to look for is uncured bacon. Most grocery stores have it. Often, it won't be in the same spot as the regular bacon. If your grocery store has a separate section for natural/organic foods, it will probably be there. If there's a Trader Joe's near you, they have a great selection of uncured bacon (come to think of it, I don't even know if they actually have bacon that is cured); I recommend the applewood smoked variety.

Jonathan Vechet 04-18-2011 03:36 PM

Re: Nitrate free bacon
 
I think you mean nitrites.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/sodium-nitrite-meat/ WFS

Vince Mannella 04-18-2011 03:49 PM

Re: Nitrate free bacon
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Jonathan Vechet (Post 927519)

Touche sir...my spelling mistake.

adam adkins 04-19-2011 06:53 AM

Re: Nitrate free bacon
 
Quote:

Originally Posted by Christopher G. Woods (Post 927513)
What you want to look for is uncured bacon. Most grocery stores have it. Often, it won't be in the same spot as the regular bacon. If your grocery store has a separate section for natural/organic foods, it will probably be there. If there's a Trader Joe's near you, they have a great selection of uncured bacon (come to think of it, I don't even know if they actually have bacon that is cured); I recommend the applewood smoked variety.

By law, all bacon is cured. "Uncured bacon" means cured but not cured by industrial means - using sodium nitrate or sodium nitrite.

"Uncured" Bacon is cured with salt, sugar and celery seed (naturally occurring nitrites). It is labeled as "Uncured" because they do not use the raw chemical salts to maintain color but it is still cured.

There was a long discussion on here a couple of years ago in which I ended up posting the USDA guidelines regarding bacon.

Andy Beaulieu 04-19-2011 08:20 AM

Re: Nitrate free bacon
 
Check Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. They usually have it.

Shane Skowron 04-19-2011 09:08 AM

Re: Nitrate free bacon
 
You could just buy pork bellies, cut them thin, cure them, and fry them.

Greg Light 04-19-2011 09:34 AM

Re: Nitrate free bacon
 
There is a brand of nitrate and nitrite free bacon that they sell at Costco - Coleman. Delicious and cheap. $8.99 for 3 12oz packages.

Ben Rollin 04-19-2011 12:08 PM

Re: Nitrate free bacon
 
I know its not quite the same but Costco has huge packs of uncured Canadian bacon...great fried with a bunch of eggs.

IMO the best tasting bacon is the maple flavor at Whole Food..I forget the brand but the package boasts only having 4 ingredients.

Ryan Eddy 04-19-2011 12:58 PM

Re: Nitrate free bacon
 
Generally a local grocer (not safeway) will have that kind of bacon pre sliced under the glass and you buy it buy the pound. It doesnt generally come prepackaged. It also doesnt look right if you're used to that prepackaged 'normal' bacon. Its browner. As it should be :) Thats the stuff you want.

Or at the butcher shop they will cut it right there for ya. Not cheap, but not over the top pricey.


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