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  • avrum goldfein Dec 16, 2004 10:31 AM
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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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  1. 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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    1. re: Clarissa

      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.

      Msk

      1. re: MSK

        I like the morningstar facon. :-)

        1. re: Deiscane

          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.

          Sandy

          1. re: SandyW

            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?

            1. re: Deiscane

              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.

              Msk

    2. 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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      1. re: hanistor

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

        1. re: hanistor

          WHERE CAN ONE BY ABELES AND HYMAN CERVELAT AND/OR AUFSCHNITT

        2. 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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          1. re: baruch

            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")

            1. re: das

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

              1. re: Gene

                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

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

            1. b
              Bride of the Juggler

              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.

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

                1. LIGHT LIFE FOODS MAKES A BACON FLAVORED DELI ROUND-PARVE.ALSO MORNINGSTAR MAKES BACON STRIPS THAT ARE VEGETARIAN AND ARE O-K D. AVAILABLE IN ANY MAJOR SUPERMARKET CHAIN

                  1. 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,

                    Jack

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                    1. re: Jack1924

                      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.

                      1. re: gotcholent

                        >>>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. ;-)

                        Shalom

                        1. re: RetiredChef

                          Not looking to pick a fight with anyone,

                          best wishes

                          1. re: RetiredChef

                            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. There's a tempeh bacon option too.

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                        1. re: y528s

                          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.

                          1. re: kosherfoodie1226

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

                            1. re: weinstein5

                              yes, I believe so Enjoy.

                              1. re: kosherfoodie1226

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

                                https://up-in-smoke-kosher-texas-bbq....