Continuing the new series with Part II (Part I here), let’s take a look at another item in my fridge that may be of interest to you.. bacon!
“Bacon?”, you say. “That greasy, salty, filled with saturated fats kind of bacon? The stuff that is filled with Nitrates and Nitrites and MSG?” No, not that kind of bacon! This is Turkey Bacon.
“Turkey Bacon?”, you say. “That lame attempt at making a healthy bacon alternative, without the taste and with most of the same Nitrates and Nitrites as before?” No, that kind of bacon either! This is Applegate Naturals Uncured Turkey Bacon.
I originally started eating the Jennie-O turkey bacon as an alternative to the real stuff. It doesn’t really taste anything like bacon, and wasn’t that great when you eat it by itself, but it is still pretty tasty when you stick it in a sandwich or cut it up in an omelette. Then I realized it has Nitrates, Nitrites, and is even more processed than regular bacon. So I was sacrificing on taste, saving a little on calories and saturated fats, but actually no better off overall.
That’s when I found Applegate Farms Uncured Turkey bacon. This stuff is the bomb! It doesn’t try to look like a poor excuse for bacon by mixing some coloring or different colors of meat in streaks to create the fat lines of bacon. It doesn’t try to taste exactly like bacon but fail miserably! It has its own hearty mean taste which goes great in sandwiches and next to a plate of eggs or eggwhites. And most importantly, it doesn’t have Sodium Nitrate or Sodium Nitrite in them. Why are Nitrates and Nitrites bad? They are used in giving bacon a smoke flavor. These are also used as a preservative in deli meats and are the precursors to nitrosamines, something that is a known carcinogen. Chances are, despite your best efforts, you’re going to be getting enough of these in your daily life, so why not try to limit your exposure to them just as much.
Downsides- without the preservatives they won’t last as long in your fridge. I keep a spare package or two in my freezer and thaw them out when needed (I just immerse them in warm water for a few minutes until soft). Also, they do have a 200mg of sodium per slice. The average bacon has about 150-180 and those these slices are pretty thick, I still find myself wanting two at a serving. The reason for the extra salt- a natural preservative and 20 mg extra sodium is a better choice for a replacement than Sodium Nitrite, in my opinion!
I like to cook 4 slices at a time, eat two with my eggs, and save two for a sandwich or something over the next day or two. That is, if my wife doesn’t steal them!
I find these at my local Publix, just down a little from the regular and turkey bacon in the refrigerator aisle. Hope you give them a try and like them as much as I do!