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Old 04-18-2011, 03:18 PM   #1
Vince Mannella
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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?
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:27 PM   #2
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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.
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:36 PM   #3
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Re: Nitrate free bacon

I think you mean nitrites.

http://www.marksdailyapple.com/sodium-nitrite-meat/ WFS
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Old 04-18-2011, 03:49 PM   #4
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Re: Nitrate free bacon

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Old 04-19-2011, 06:53 AM   #5
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Re: Nitrate free bacon

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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.
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Old 04-19-2011, 08:20 AM   #6
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Re: Nitrate free bacon

Check Trader Joe's or Whole Foods. They usually have it.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:08 AM   #7
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Re: Nitrate free bacon

You could just buy pork bellies, cut them thin, cure them, and fry them.
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Old 04-19-2011, 09:34 AM   #8
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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.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:08 PM   #9
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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.
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Old 04-19-2011, 12:58 PM   #10
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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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