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Hormel Natural Choice Uncured Bacon Review

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Yes, We Eat Bacon!

Good nutrition does not mean going without food that you love. Bacon can change a meal from hum-drum to divine. Since we advocate eating healthy, I choose to avoid added nitrates and nitrites. Hormel has an extensive Natural Choice line and I had eaten their Smoked Ham for years but had never tried this bacon. I was missing something!

So Fragrant!

One of the best features about good bacon is the wonderful aroma that fills the house when you cook it. You can almost know what the bacon will taste like as you begin to smell the first smoky wafts drifting from the pan. This bacon smelled so good, and the flavor matched the smell exactly, spicy-sweet and smoky. It has the taste that gets you hooked on bacon and it’s worth every calorie.

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Preparation

One of the worst things that you can do to good bacon is to rush it. I fried this in a cast iron skillet on medium low for about 15 minutes the first time I prepared it. The second time, I browned it on a temperature controlled griddle. I liked it best on the griddle because it cooked more uniformly, but either way will produce good bacon if you take your time. With time, you get a sweet-salty, crunchy-chewy delight instead of a hard, salty chunk of burnt fat. If you’re spending the calories, do it right. It’s average thickness, not too thin or too thick, and it will cook up pretty quickly even if you are taking your time.

Nutrition

At only 80 calories, 7 grams of fat, 0 grams of carbohydrates and 5 grams of protein for two crunchy slices, this is a nutrition deal. While I wouldn’t advise eating the whole package, a couple of slices will jazz up any meal in a flash for less than 100 calories. It does have turbinado sugar listed in the ingredients, but since the FDA allows a claim of 0 grams of carbs as long as there is less than 1/2 gram of sugar per serving, this is insignificant for a single serving of two slices. There are 5 grams in a teaspoon, so 1/2 gram is less than 1/8 teaspoon of sugar. It’s insignificant unless you eat a whole lot of bacon!

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$Price$ and Availability

I bought this at Walmart for $5.56. I love that it’s so easy to find and the price is a real deal if you actually eat only one serving at a time, only about $0.79/serving. That is cheap happiness! The bacon is from pigs raised without antibiotics, it’s minimally processed and has no artificial ingredients. There are no nitrates or nitrites added except for those naturally occuring in sea salt and celery.

This bacon will be a staple in my kitchen. If you are a bacon lover, you might want to try this soon!

 

 

 

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Trillionaire’s Bacon

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Nutritional Info

Serving Size: 1 slice

Serves 12

Calories 120

Fat 11 grams

Net Carbs 1 gram

Ingredients

1 12-oz. package of bacon

1/4 cup Brown Swerve

2 teaspoon cayenne pepper

1 teaspoon paprika

1/2 teaspoon black pepper

Instructions

Preheat oven to 400 degrees.

Line a baking sheet with parchment paper and lay bacon across pan.

Mix the spices together and sprinkle evenly over your bacon.

Generously sprinkle Brown Swerve over the top of the bacon.

Bake in the oven for 10 minutes or until cooked to your desired level.

Low Carb Bacon Jalapeno Cheddar Soup

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Serves 5

Calories 522

Net Carbs 3 grams

Protein 19.4 grams

Ingredients

1/2 pound bacon

4 medium jalapeno peppers, diced

4 Tablespoons butter

3 cups chicken broth

1 teaspoon dried thyme

1 teaspoon garlic powder

1 teaspoon onion powder

1/2 teaspoon celery seed

1/2 teaspoon cumin

3/4 cup heavy cream

8 ounces shredded cheddar cheese

Salt and pepper to taste

Cook bacon and reserve fat. Transfer bacon to paper towel to crisp.

Dice peppers after removing seeds. Season and cook the peppers in bacon grease until lightly browned. Remove from grease and place on top of bacon.

Put bacon fat, butter, broth and spices in another pot and simmer for about 15 minutes.

Blend all ingredients with an immersion blender. Once the fat and broth are emulsified, add cream and cheese and season with salt and pepper.

Add bacon and peppers into pot and simmer 5 minutes before serving.