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    Bacon recommendations?

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    I notice that lots of you eat bacon. I confess I haven't eaten it in years and was looking for recommendations from people who know.

    I tried to google "healthy bacon," but as you might guess, I got lots of turkey bacon results, which I'm so not looking for.

    Gi'mme pork!

    Thanks in advance for any info.

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    I get my pork from local sustainable farms who raise their pigs on pasture, and whose bacon is smoked but contains no nitrites/nitrates. Do you have a farm you deal with? You could check eatwild.com if interested.

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    BJ's by me has some good, no nitrate bacon. I forget the name, however. Cheap too!

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    I know that costco offers a nitrate free bacon as well as their normal kirkland bacon. I started with the no-nitrate costco bacon, but have recently switched to the regular bacon they offer.
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    Bj's Wholesale has Applegate Farm's Sunday bacon, uncured. It's pretty good, though not as good as local stuff (much meatier, IMO).
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    Quote Originally Posted by namelesswonder View Post
    Bj's Wholesale has Applegate Farm's Sunday bacon, uncured. It's pretty good, though not as good as local stuff (much meatier, IMO).
    +1. I Always have applegate farms bacon and cold cuts on hand.

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    I don't eat a ton of bacon, but Beeler's and Coleman Natural are the two best I've had.

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    One thing to keep in mind is that a lot of "uncured" or "no nitrite added" bacon relies on celery juice/powder, which is full of naturally-occurring nitrate. For instance, "Applegate Farms" appears to be in the celery-juice category. There's also a debate over whether nitrates/nitrites are even harmful in the first place, but if you've decided to avoid them, you have to read labels very closely.

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    Thanks everyone!

    I've written those brands down and will check to see if they're available here. I don't know any farmers, so that's not an option for me. No Costco warehouse within 275 miles and Costco.com doesn't have it.

    Thanks again.

    edited to add: Cantare, you were posting while I was composing. I read something like that at the Whole Foods website, but I'm guessing WF will charge a fortune for their bacon.

    Also, if any of y'all have a Facebook account, apparently WFoods is having a contest where they're giving away bacon. I didn't save the link, but I'm sure it will turn up in any bacon/healthy search.
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    Quote Originally Posted by cantare View Post
    One thing to keep in mind is that a lot of "uncured" or "no nitrite added" bacon relies on celery juice/powder, which is full of naturally-occurring nitrate. For instance, "Applegate Farms" appears to be in the celery-juice category. There's also a debate over whether nitrates/nitrites are even harmful in the first place, but if you've decided to avoid them, you have to read labels very closely.
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    I hate being the only one that brings that up (constantly), but it's true. Most people seem to be fine with the nitrates/nitrites, though it's definitely still up for debate. Me? 3-day migraine if I have sodium nitrite, and every time I say anything, all I hear is how they bacon THEY buy doesn't have any. But then it turns out it does, but just in form of celery salt/juice/seed. Same thing, and possibly less regulated.

    I do think US Wellness meats might have one type of bacon that REALLY doesn't have any at all, but I haven't actually tried it yet so I don't know for sure.
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