“Almost anything can be improved with the addition of bacon.”
~ Jasper Forde
How did I go 40+ years of my life without ever knowing about baked bacon? I can cook a whole pack at once and simply walk away. No more standing at the stove, getting my clothes splattered with grease. Now, I just enjoy my morning and revel in the scent of bacon cooking. When the timer goes off, I wander back into the kitchen and watch it for the last few minutes, until it’s the perfect level of crispiness. An added bonus is that it makes the best bacon fat ever – smooth, creamy white, delicious, and awesome for frying anything, including chicken livers (pro tip).
Buying Quality Bacon
Not all bacon is the same, so I thought I’d share some examples, so you can make an educated choice:
- Oscar Mayer is the classic that most of us grew up with, but I don’t buy it now due to the chemicals it contains and the antibiotics the pigs were fed. Here’s the ingredient list: Pork cured with water, salt, sugar, sodium phosphates, sodium ascorbate, sodium nitrate.
- Applegate Organic Sunday Bacon: This is sold in health food stores. If you look at the label, you’ll see a small amount of sugar in the ingredient list, but none on the nutrition label. This is because sugar is used to cure the bacon but none remains by the end of the curing process. This makes it an AIP-friendly brand. If you buy a similar brand, doublecheck the ingredients because sometimes they’ll add “spices” and that is usually code for nightshades. Here’s Applegate’s ingredient list: Organic pork, water, sea salt, and less than 2% of the following: organic cane sugar, celery powder.
- Pederson’s Natural Farms Organic No Sugar Added Uncured Smoked Bacon: This bacon is both AIP and sugar-free, so win-win! It’s also sold in many health food stores. However, Pederson’s has a lot of bacon varieties, so look for the package with this ingredient list: organic pork, water, vinegar, salt, and celery powder. Note: they also have a variety that uses fruit extracts (pomegranate, citrus, and rosemary) in place of celery powder. That is AIP-friendly as well.
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