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Looking for good turkey bacon

bards4 Aug 19, 2007 11:36 AM

What brands of turkey bacon taste the best to you? Thanks!

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  1. wearybashful RE: bards4 Aug 19, 2007 11:58 AM

    Willie Bird. They have three kinds, regular smoked, peppered, and no preservatives. I live near the store, but I think they might ship. I'm not sure what groceries carry it.

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      Jacey RE: bards4 Aug 19, 2007 03:54 PM

      My favorite is the kind you get at Trader Joe's (the only turkey bacon they have there). It's thick and tastes great. Plus, it's only 20 calories per slab!

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        corgette RE: Jacey Aug 19, 2007 07:24 PM

        I second the TJ's turkey bacon. Not to greasy, good meaty bite. My downstairs neighbors are actually cooking bacon right now, and it's driving me crazy with hunger.

        The regular TJ's bacon is one of my favorites as well. It cooks up nicely, and isn't too thin.

      2. Neuromancer RE: bards4 Aug 19, 2007 07:02 PM

        At our neighborhood grocery store, the best-tasting brand is Louis Rich, but I've never tried the Trader Joe's brand Jacey describes and will have to seek that out.

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          hummingbird RE: Neuromancer Aug 20, 2007 04:22 AM

          I second Louis Rich, but think Jeno(or some name like that) is horrrible.

          Will also try the TJ's. I just picked up some farm tomatoes so BLT's tonight! My first, but not last of the summer.

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            AmyH RE: hummingbird Aug 20, 2007 06:21 AM

            We just had some BLT's with home-grown tomatoes and Louis Rich turkey bacon this weekend. Yum! My father-in-law is visiting and was quite impressed with the turkey bacon; he even asked what kind it was. I cook it by the Cook's Illustrated method, in an oven at 400 degrees for about 15 minutes (8 on one side, flip, 7 on other side). It comes out great, not too crispy and not too flabby.

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              Neuromancer RE: hummingbird Aug 20, 2007 05:14 PM

              Do you mean Jennie-O? If so, I agree. I did not like it.

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                hummingbird RE: Neuromancer Aug 20, 2007 07:23 PM

                Yes, I meant Jennie-O.

                Tried TJ's tonight. Tried side by side TJ's and Louis Rich, just cooked and tried them alone.

                I didn't like the"mouth feel" of TJ's. I did my BLt with Louis and liked it.

                Did my Hubby's with TJ's then asked how he liked his BLT, he said he thought the bacon was too chewy and didn't like it much.

                I like mine crisp, and that is how I did both.

                So I'm staying with LR. I even like the smell as it is cooking better.

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            luvs2munchabunch RE: bards4 Aug 20, 2007 08:22 AM

            3rd or 4th for Louis Rich...it's a bit sodium-heavy, but very tasty. I've almost given up regualr bacon...almost. LOL!!

            1. bards4 RE: bards4 Aug 20, 2007 09:28 AM

              Thanks for responding! I'll try the TJ's brand -- there's a store right near my house. I'll also look for the Louis Rich brand. Turkey bacon is my daughter's favorite (even more than normal bacon), so I figure I should get some good stuff that we can all enjoy. Thanks again!

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                hummingbird RE: bards4 Aug 20, 2007 09:58 AM

                As you are looking for Louis Rich in the case, you'll see the Oscar Mayer logo first, with a smaller Louis Rich to its lower right.

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                  ekammin RE: hummingbird Aug 21, 2007 03:41 PM

                  Having tried both turkey bacon and the usual pig kind, I'm tempted to say that looking for good turkey bacon is like looking for a chaste whore.

              2. pikawicca RE: bards4 Aug 21, 2007 06:29 PM

                Sorry, but why are you eating turkey bacon?

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                  ekammin RE: pikawicca Aug 21, 2007 08:11 PM

                  How can I know whether or not I like it if I don't try it?

                2. goodhealthgourmet RE: bards4 Aug 21, 2007 08:16 PM

                  i've never tried tj's brand, but applegate farms & wellshire farms both make good, natural, uncured products. you can usually find them at natural foods markets & grocery stores like whole foods & wild oats.

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                    Leslie RE: bards4 Aug 22, 2007 05:11 PM

                    I like TJ's turkey bacon. I appreciate that it is low in fat, but I really do like the taste. I've tried some supermarket brands of turkey bacon , but didn't like them - taste wise and also they kind of fell apart in the skillet. That said, turkey bacon is not a substitute for pork bacon, as much as any other food is also not a substitute. If you expect if to be, you are not going to like it. Enjoy if for what it is, a very good turkey product.

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                      bards4 RE: Leslie Aug 22, 2007 05:25 PM

                      Well said, Leslie. While I do love the taste of REAL bacon, realistically, I like the benefits of turkey bacon. Ironically, my daughter prefers the flavor of turkey bacon, but my son prefers pork bacon. What's a mother to do....

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                      libgirl2 RE: bards4 Aug 22, 2007 05:47 PM

                      Oddly enough my favorite is the ALDI Fit and Active brand. We love turkey bacon in our house and its always been my favorite. I will try the TJ's brand though.

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                        AmyH RE: libgirl2 Aug 23, 2007 06:04 AM

                        You might find them very similar, since ALDI and TJ's are owned by the same parent company. But most of their products are different, so they may not be similar at all.

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