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erly Jun 29, 2007 01:02 PM

I have a young grandson who is a picky eater to the extreme.
He likes crispy bacon.
I have tried all of the common supermarket bacons Maple Leaf, Schneiders, Shopsy's, presidents choice, etc, and they are all so water laden that it takes forever to crisp, if at all..
The Dominion brand wouldn't crisp at all. - threw it out.
Costco until last year carried a great bacon, but discontinued it for Shopsy's.
In the states I have no problem.
They even centre centre cut only.
Does anyone know if there is anyplace that I can get a decent bacon, evenly cut?
Nothing fancy like thick (wont crisp) or extra smoked.
Just a good old fashioned bacon.
Thanks in advance
bev

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    jj2244 Jul 4, 2007 02:37 PM

    cumbraes and olliffes have very good bacon

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      acd123 Jul 4, 2007 03:18 PM

      I love the Berkshire bacon from Cumbrae. They sell bug chunks but they will slice it thinly on the machine for you so that it will crisp up. Great stuff.

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      Mila Jul 3, 2007 09:27 AM

      Rowe Farms bacon. SLM North on Saturdays only. I think I saw it at the Big Carrot too.

      1. jayt90 Jul 1, 2007 12:43 PM

        Which Costco? I was in Costco Ajax today for the Copper River salmon, and noticed their well trimmed house brand, as well as Petit Goret a reliable P.Q. product.

        1. TorontoJo Jun 29, 2007 03:15 PM

          My preference is for the beautiful, thick bacon from Bruno's, Nunzio's or the meat vendors at the St. Lawrence Market. But if you want thinner, then the bacon at Fresh From the Farm or the Friendly Butcher (Yonge & Roslin) is good and will crisp nicely.

          How are you cooking your bacon? Maybe a discussion on the Home Cooking board could help?

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            violabratsche Jun 29, 2007 03:38 PM

            I've been looking for this board...do you have a URL for it?
            I'd REALLY appreciate if someone could post the address for the home cooking board.
            THANKS

            AR

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              cecilia Jun 29, 2007 03:50 PM

              You just need to click on the little triangle besides "Board" on the top red menu bar, and you'll see a list of all the boards. Home Cooking is under the Topical group.

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                erly Jun 29, 2007 07:11 PM

                I will test (out of necessity) all of the thin cut bacons suggested on this board, with the exception of out of town, and get back with a review.
                All suggestions welcomed

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                  Yongeman Jun 30, 2007 04:21 AM

                  erly, here's a method for crisp, supermarket bacon. I agree that it's waterladen. Virtually everyone in my family likes crisp bacon (except for me), so I always cook it that way. I take a pound of bacon (frozen is fine), and start it in the microwave on high for say, 5 minutes. Drain the liquid from the plate, peel off some of the outside strips and start frying them. Continue to nuke the rest on high for a couple of minutes. Drain and fry them no more than one layer deep in the frying pan. Drain the fat in the pan as needed. The bacon is uniformly crispy that way. It always works with even the cheapest bacon.

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                    Leslieville Jun 30, 2007 02:34 PM

                    If you place your bacon on paper towel after it is cooked, almost any bacon will crisp up. Just pat it to absorb the grease. I do this in restaurants even, and God knows what kind of cheap stuff is used!

                  2. re: erly
                    jayt90 Jun 30, 2007 06:18 AM

                    Traditional old order Mennonite bacon and sausages can be ordered and delivered frozen to Toronto through http//www:beefconnection.ca
                    Contact the webmaster, Robt. Huber to see if extra bacon is available on the next delivery

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                      erly Jun 30, 2007 12:42 PM

                      Jay,
                      tried to use the e-mail above for beefconnection, and even just googled the name, no luck.

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                        jayt90 Jun 30, 2007 01:18 PM

                        My apologies for bad typing. I saw my error, and tried to edit, but the Chow board was defiant.
                        The group of farmers at http://www.beefconnections.ca
                        sell boxes of pork including bacon, but you can ask for bacon alone, which they will save as a special order, if possible. It is cured by Frey meats, Mount Forest. Frey is old order, so no website, but you'll find Mr. Huber, info@beefconnections.ca very accomodating. I don't think they will make a Toronto delivery until Sept., as this is harvest time, but if you start a correspondence now they'll be ready for the next delivery.

            2. foodyDudey Jun 29, 2007 02:52 PM

              My wife and I also like our bacon crisp, and we never EVER buy the regular supermarket bacon.

              The two types that I find taste good and cook till crisp are Wagener's (sold at Alex Farms and Royal Beef, among others) and the bacon sold at Fresh from the Farm. (though I find it quite fatty)

              If you buy bacon that is cut from a slab in the store, you won't have the excess moisture problem.

              1. Kagemusha Jun 29, 2007 02:42 PM

                I like the various bacons available at Brandt Meats in Mississauga.Their factory store is only open Wed-Sat but stocks hyper-fresh pork products smoked/cured about 50m away from the counter.

                1. JamieK Jun 29, 2007 02:30 PM

                  Okay, I know this doesn't help if you're shopping in Toronto but Mueller Sausages at 150 Balm Beach Rd. East in Perkinsfield (near Midland) smokes their own bacon and it's so good there's a 2-lb limit per customer. It's thickish but it crisps. They also make their own fantastic sausages. A hot Mueller's sausage, washed down with a cold Creemore lager, sitting on the deck looking at the lake = cottage heaven for me.

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                    violabratsche Jun 29, 2007 01:11 PM

                    I've never had a problem with any of the bacon that's available at any of the butchers at the St Lawrence Market. I cannot eat any of the fatty bits, so I make sure that the fat is rendered out and crisp, not burnt. Also, I've come to like the bacon that I can get at Starsky's in Mississauga, on Dundas. In general, though, I wait to treat myself to the good bacon that I can get from Gerbers at the St Jacobs market. Their sausage is better than any I've ever had, and the price for both is within reason. I've been buying from them for as long as I can remember...at least 30 years. (I suppose I SHOULD break out every once in awhile and try some others....)
                    AR

                    1. diesta Jun 29, 2007 01:10 PM

                      athelier thuet has some gorgeous berkshire bacon... :)

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                        erly Jun 29, 2007 01:07 PM

                        just noticed the beginning of the same question below.
                        I had started to ask the question when the server announced it was having problems, never did push the send button.

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