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Nitrate free bacon/ham and grass fed beef in the UK, help!

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  • Nitrate free bacon/ham and grass fed beef in the UK, help!

    Hi all fellow UKers,

    Does anyone know where to find nitrate free bacon and ham? I love bacon but I'm not feeling good about the amount of nitrates I'm filling myself with at the moment eating lots of bacon. I also like ham but bacon is my real addiction here.

    Second question, grass fed beef? Never seen anything with that label on. What are your choices?

    I appreciate all help with how to find the best protein sources, brands/supermarkets or even online shops.


  • #2
    You might like to take a look at Black Bacon

    Had the bacon myself. It is very good indeed.


    • #3
      No helpful answers I'm afraid, but I shall be watching this thread with interest because I've also been wondering about where to get nitrate-free bacon and ham and grass-fed beef in the UK.
      Last edited by Kace; 11-26-2011, 02:08 PM.


      • #4
        I found nitrate free bacon in Wholefoods this week! As for grass-fed beef...check out your local farmers market. They may also do the nitrate free bacon too!


        • #5
          My usual warning (apologies to those of you who have heard it before a million times) - if you are avoiding nitrates and sodium nitrite because you are sensitive to it, you will have the same reaction to celery seed, celery salt or celery juice. If it has those ingredients or the words "other than that naturally occuring in..." it's going to cause the same problems because it just converts to that when it hits your tongue.

          The Black Bacon looked like it didn't have it, but I couldn't be sure without seeing an ingredient list.

          Carry on...


          • #6
            Buy Farm Produce Direct - Top Quality Meat Directly from the Producer - Hand Made Meat - Home
   (the website doesn't display for me but seems to work for other people)

            You could always buy a slab of pork belly and cure it yourself for (streaky) bacon
            Last edited by NorthernMonkeyGirl; 11-26-2011, 04:08 PM.


            • #7
              I buy grass fed beef from a local butcher. Try butchers in your area. My buthcer sources his beef and pork including bacon from local farms who all run their livestock on grass and no grains. I find Wholefoods too expensive. Also, there are a number of online organic suppliers - just do a Google search. But you need to question any supplier about what their livestock is fed and what is use to make their bacon, sausages etc. Some farms also sell direct to walk in customers. Don't worry - good sources of these foods are out there. Forget supermarkets, they do not fit the paleo/primal template.


              • #8
                I get my nitrate free bacon from Laverstoke Park Farm website - Buy Organic Meat Online, Beef, Pork, Lamb, Chicken - Organic Meat & Food - Laverstoke Park Farm - Laverstoke Park Farm
                My grass fed beef comes from the Donald Russell website - Donald Russell - Quality Beef & Meat Online: Scottish Butchers Donald Russell

                Devon Rose, Free Range, Organic & Natural Meats since 1921 is another good source of free range and organic meats. They also do gluten free sausages and nitrate free bacon.

                These are not cheap options but for the taste they are well worth it.


                • #9
                  Thank you so much everyone!
                  I got a few websites to go through now

                  Just out of curiosity, does anyone know how good the lamb meat (read fat) actually is? Most sheep seem to be outside in this country but I got no clue about whether they try fatten them up in the end? I'm totally clueless about how sheep are treated, I just know I see them everywhere :P


                  • #10
                    Bog standard sheep will likely be fattened up, but that usually means adding concentrated feed while they're outside. It doesn't pay to do them intensively. I doubt that the lamb from the above suppliers will be intensively fed, probably a few scoops though.

                    It really does depend though; if they're fat enough off grass then no-one will waste money on unneeded hard feed

                    Also remember seasonality - buy in autumn for an animal that's born in spring and eaten grass all summer. All those Easter lambs will have to be born around Christmas and kept indoors on hay and/or concentrates......


                    • #11
                      I think we are lucky in Britain they there is a lot of good animal husbandry. Farmers trying to do the right thing. Although I do avoid tesco meat. Local butchers who have a knowledge of where thing come from. All good.


                      • #12
                        I second Devon Rose for bacon and other pork and I buy my lamb and beef from here ...lovely meat and great service.
                        Finally uncovering the real me!

                        My 'Serious Six' journal.


                        • #13
                          Nitrates and nitrites and celery powder/juice/extract -- Michael Ruhlman has an excellent post about this, and why nitrates/nitrites in bacon may, in fact, not be so bad for you after all:

                          The "No Nitrites Added" Hoax | Michael Ruhlman

                          His article is worth a read.

                          I have cured my own meat in the past, and do not sweat nitrates/nitrites. I do worry about meat quality and process; a lot of bacon on the market (in the States at least) is subjected to "quicker" curing processes that inject smoke flavor rather than introducing it slowly through cold smoking. To my tongue, these products just don't taste as good. YMMV.
                          My Primal Meanderings


                          • #14
                            Whole foods actually stock lot's of grass-fed beef and lamb, though it's from Ireland initially. But the lamb/beef is excellent, grass-fed, well raised on the 'lush green pastures' of bally brook