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    I have a huge package of center cut bacon( the reg kind) and I would like to use it up before I go out and purchase the uncured kind. I Hope that is ok?

    it is good bacon

    for finacial reasons I can't just toss it out.

    Uncured bacon, does it cook up and taste the same as reg bacon?

    thanks xoxo Darlene


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    I say go ahead and use it. Remember Mark's 80/20 rule. You strive for 100% but figure on hitting that mark only 80% of the time (if you are doing well!).


    I've found uncured bacon tastes different. Not quite as good but that is probably because I'm so used to the nitrite-laden kind. Need to retrain my taste buds.

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      Sorry to interfere, but how does uncured bacon compare to regular bacon in terms of price? I am interested I haven't had bacon in such a long time.

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        eat it!

        It's grandma, but you can call me sir.

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          Where do you get uncured bacon from????

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            Trader Joes sells Uncured Applewood smoked bacon that is delicious. Its $4.79 for a package. Also, Whole Foods sells some, I think. I think uncured bacon tastes great! And it does cook up the same as regular bacon (IIRC).

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              This company&#39;s terminology is very confused and incorrect.


              "Curing" meat means treating it in any one of a number of ways to preserve it - including smoking. So I don&#39;t know what they&#39;d would mean by saying the bacon is uncured, specially as they&#39;re selling it as "smoked". It wouldn&#39;t be bacon if it were uncured, anyway: it would be pork. Fresh pig meat is pork.


              I guess they may mean it&#39;s nitrate-free. You can get bacon that is cured just with common salt.

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                One of the ingredients of the nitrate-free bacon I got last time was sugar. The farmers market sells really nice bacon made from farm-raised pigs but unfortunately, they have nitrates. It&#39;s so good I was almost tempted to buy them yesterday. I&#39;ve been keeping my eyes open for uncured bacon, but haven&#39;t seen them anywhere. I asked the Amish farmer at the farmer&#39;s market if he could sell me some pork belly. He said he wasn&#39;t sure as it wouldn&#39;t be USDA-approved. When I said I&#39;ll keep it between the two of us, he said he&#39;d try. I&#39;m keeping my fingers crossed.

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                  I&#39;ve been having the same problem finding uncured bacon. There are a few brands of nitrate/nitrite free bacon that I&#39;ve found at my local market, but they have added sugar. I guess they think that if it&#39;s "evaporated cane juice" it&#39;s supposed to sound better...

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                    Uncured bacon isn&#39;t uncured. It&#39;s cured, but the government makes them say "uncured" on the label if it&#39;s cured with natural nitrates (usually celery juice) instead of artificial nitrates. (For the same reason, these products are not nitrate-free, regardless of what it says on the label.)

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                      I can look at trader joes, and yes it has nitrates in it the reg kind I am eaitng and I know that isn&#39;t good for you at all but I need to finish it up, I can&#39;t waste it lol

                      good to know Maurile but I am sure the one that says "Uncured" is better for you right?

                      I do love my bacon! I was eating turkey bacon and then I heard on the news it is way worse and more sodium then reg bacon! xoox Darlene

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                        PG, you reminded me of something I have been forgetting lately. Number 1 rule of PB if grok couldn&#39;t make it, don&#39;t eat it. Turkey&#39;s don&#39;t have a fatty belly to make bacon from, so I don&#39;t see how (or why) grok would try to make turkey bacon. Turkey jerky, OK, turkey pemmican, OK. But strips of things that look like bacon, why bother.


                        As for salt/smoke cured bacon, I can see why a progressive grok would attempt that. But he/she didn&#39;t have the modern chemicals they put in now. I think it is better to go with the less processed kind.

                        It's grandma, but you can call me sir.

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                          yep me too Grandma that is why I am gonna get the uncured at trader Joes

                          I love bacon and sausge is ok sometimes but I really love bacon lol xoox

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                            If you are eating a slice or two every couple of days, that amount of sugar isn&#39;t going to hurt a gnat. For that matter, probably the nitrates, too.


                            It&#39;s not only WHAT but HOW MUCH. Don&#39;t eat a pound in one sitting.

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                              I only have two slices in the morning and somedays I have sausage instead

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