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avrum goldfein Dec 16, 2004 10:31 AM

Someone told me that they were recently served a turkey bacon in Florida. It was not kosher. Has anyone heard of a kosher turkey bacon product, or a non-meat bacon?

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    Clarissa RE: avrum goldfein Dec 16, 2004 10:56 AM

    There are two vegetarian bacon products that I've used. One is Worthington Stripples. The other one is made by Morningstar Farms, I believe, but I don't know what the product is called. It's in the green Morningstar Farms box.

    One suggestion, if you're planning on using it in a prepared dish as a bacon substitute, as opposed to serving it alongside eggs or something. Unlike regular bacon, it won't retain its texture when mixed in with other foods. It gets a little soggy and mealy. So if you're stirring it into something, wait until the very end of the food preparation. I've used it in pasta recipes that call for bacon, and I add it in right before serving.

    Don't know how you're using it, so my comment may be unnecessary.

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      MSK RE: Clarissa Dec 16, 2004 02:12 PM

      While a bit off topic, I am not a fan of the morningstar bacon. However the sausage patties and links are great even for someone with a treyf pallate.


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        Deiscane RE: MSK Dec 16, 2004 03:14 PM

        I like the morningstar facon. :-)

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          SandyW RE: Deiscane Dec 21, 2004 10:26 AM

          The Morningstar Farms product smells so real we never use it before friends are coming over just to avoid doubt. If you put it on a cookie sheet in the oven it get vey crisp.

          Only issue is that it is DAIRY.


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            Deiscane RE: SandyW Dec 22, 2004 06:56 AM

            Good points, but that's exactly why we LOVE to serve it for guests. It's like a Folger's moment when we serve it to them! As for it being dairy, that's usually not a problem b/c we serve it for bfast, though I guess you'd want to put it on a burger?

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              Msk RE: Deiscane Dec 22, 2004 07:51 AM

              I have a bigger problem finding things that are meaty tasting and dairy than I do meaty tasting and meat. ;)

              I'll give the sheetpan trick a try.


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      hanistor RE: avrum goldfein Dec 16, 2004 11:57 AM

      Both Aarons and Abeles & Hyman make something called "Beef Strips" (I think thats what its called). It's very fatty, but delicious. You fry it like bacon.

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        Gene RE: hanistor Dec 16, 2004 12:21 PM

        I love the Abeles and Heyman beef fry. It's great on turkey sandwiches and even better with eggs.

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          baruch RE: avrum goldfein Dec 16, 2004 12:19 PM

          Always had Beef Fry growing up. Made by a lot of different producers.

          I always thought kosher turkey bacon was really a simple idea to execute but have never seen it. Empire just started putting out a line of chicken sausages, maybe bacon is next?

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            das RE: baruch Dec 22, 2004 08:55 AM

            I used to love Beef Fry. I haven't had it in years though.

            I think that it was made by Hebrew National.

            (Note: I have no desire to start a "Is Hebrew national kosher debate")

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              Gene RE: das Dec 22, 2004 09:58 AM

              Abeles & Heymann still makes beef fry and it's great.

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                laura10952 RE: Gene Mar 4, 2012 08:53 PM

                I pick out the fat then fry..........sorry, do not like the fat for family. If you do it my way, one package per person

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            Jerome RE: avrum goldfein Dec 16, 2004 03:09 PM

            As an alternative, buy some fresh salmon skin, perhaps with a bit of meat still attached, then grill until crunchy. Bacon-y and delicious.

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              Bride of the Juggler RE: avrum goldfein Dec 17, 2004 07:34 AM

              I sometimes use liquid smoke to replace the smokiness bacon would give a dish. A quick Google search shows Colgin liquid smoke is kosher pareve. It's a great addition to soups. Thank you.

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                Elisheva RE: avrum goldfein Jan 7, 2005 11:31 AM

                Depending on what you are using it with, BACOS are good.

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                  GITEL RE: avrum goldfein Jan 14, 2005 10:08 AM


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                    Jack1924 RE: avrum goldfein Nov 26, 2011 12:12 AM

                    Do not believe the BS about bacon, bacon is NOT inherently pork. The best kosher bacon on is Moriningstar. I hate microwave, I make an exception here. Use CHEAP PAPER plate, spray lightly with Pam.
                    Microwave 4 to 5 strips at about 3 minutes (give or take), let sit for about 60 seconds, it will " crisp up ", it tast more like " real " bacon than pork bacon.
                    I went kosher years ago, this actually taste better that any pork bacon I remember as a kid. Moringstar bacon is a first class product,


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                      gotcholent RE: Jack1924 Nov 27, 2011 06:54 PM

                      I second that emotion Gila.......and for the record the Organic Smoky Tempeh strips from lightlife (parve) beat your morningstar strips any day of the week, and twice on sunday. FYI, if you are going to cook those up, try doing it in a nice heavy cast iron pan, leave your microwave for baked potatoes, Parmesan chips and tempering chocolate.

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                        RetiredChef RE: gotcholent Nov 27, 2011 07:28 PM

                        >>>leave your microwave for baked potatoes,

                        Actually a microwave quasi-"steams" a potato, very similar to wrapping a potato in foil and cooking it in the oven. IMHO it's best to leave your oven for "baked" potatoes, the texture is different. ;-)


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                          Jack1924 RE: RetiredChef Nov 27, 2011 07:38 PM

                          Not looking to pick a fight with anyone,

                          best wishes

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                            gotcholent RE: RetiredChef Nov 27, 2011 07:40 PM

                            Fair enough chef...my sarcasm certainly deserved that...mida'k'neged mida;)
                            I agree entirely! I have not owned or used in microwave in so many years, I almost wouldn't know where to start. I tip my hat to your sir....and Jack, this simple chef meant no offense.

                      2. y528s RE: avrum goldfein May 30, 2014 10:45 AM

                        There's a tempeh bacon option too.

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                          kosherfoodie1226 RE: y528s May 31, 2014 08:28 PM

                          There is a great product out there called facon bacon, really strips from the plate. It is actually quite good. I had it in omelette on Pesach last year and really enjoyed it.

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                            weinstein5 RE: kosherfoodie1226 Jun 1, 2014 12:31 AM

                            Is this Jack's Facon? I saw it in the store and was tempted to try it

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                              kosherfoodie1226 RE: weinstein5 Jun 1, 2014 06:42 PM

                              yes, I believe so Enjoy.

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                                njkosher RE: kosherfoodie1226 Jun 2, 2014 06:18 AM

                                You can also get lamb bacon from Ari White. I posted the link below. Its really good


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