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

Originally Posted by Christopher G. Woods View Post
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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