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Oct 16, 2007 05:17 PM

Where can I find really good, really tasty bacon...

I grew up on grocery store, vacuum-packed bacon, but no longer buy meat from grocery stores, for a variety of reasons. I've tried Healthy Butcher (too salty), Rowe Farm (too bland), Fresh from the Farm (ditto), and maybe a few more.

Any ideas?

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  1. The Best Little Pork Shoppe in Shakespeare, a few miles before Stratford has awesome naturally smoked bacon as well as other fine products. Even frozen it keeps well. I buy about 12 pound packages every August and ration them out until the following spring.
    They're usually open until Christmas, then closed until April.
    Check them out!

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    1. re: rsvp7777

      Second the Best Little Pork Shoppe, although I found its prices a bit high. Their Ayrshire bacon was superb.

    2. I really like the black forest bacon from Upper Cuts in St. Lawrence Market. It's $5/lb, and you can get it vacuum-packed if you want to store it a bit longer or throw in the freezer, but it doesn't last more than a few days in my hands (without sharing). I have bacon cravings...

      1. Superior Sausage on Dundas by Bellwoods park makes their own, they have a plain and a smoked, I'd reco the smoked, they will cut it off as thick or thin as you like...come to think of it it might be the same stuff Upper Cuts sells at SLM, they have a give take deal with each other for various products...

        1. Thanks for the tips. Haven't tried any of those, but I will.

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          1. re: Full tummy

            The Berkshire double smoked bacon at Cumbrae is excellent. It's $$$ but worth it. It comes in big chunks but they will slice it and vac pack it for you.

            1. re: acd123

              I agree! Quite pricey but a couple of strips per person is enough.

                1. re: acd123

                  I love this stuff. I know a technique for preserving double smoked bacon unrefrigerated (not for the faint of heart, admittedly) and brought some of this on a canoe trip this summer. My camping mates were shocked and pleased as punch when we ate this for breakfast after having spent 7 days in the bush. The preservation (using vinegar) changes the flavour but after living on curries made from instant rice and dehydrated chicken for several days we weren't terribly fussed about that.

                  1. re: basileater

                    Yeah, it's really tasty stuff. Great flavour. Also, it has almost no water. In the case of Cumbrae, you definitely get what you pay for.

                    I want to hear more about preserving bacon for canoe trips. On my trip last month, I took the packaged, precooked Maple Leaf bacon. Yeah I know, not the right thing to mention in this forum, but SUPER light for the 2,300m undulating portage on our second day. Maybe next year I'll do it your way. How much is the flavour changed? Does it taste pickled? What is the technique?

                    1. re: acd123

                      Now, I'm trying to figure out how I can stop by Cumbrae on my way home from work... Can't wait to try it.

              1. My mom is a big fan of the double smoked bacon at Starsky's in Mississauga. Think giant Polish grocery store with huge deli counter and that is what you will be experiencing. I can't comment on it since I rarely eat red meat these days, but I always am asked to bring some when I go for a visit.


                2040 Dundas St E, Mississauga, ON L4X, CA

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                1. re: Pincus

                  I'll second Starsky, not just for the double smoked bacon, but for having the absolutely largest selection of processed-smoked, cured, etc., pork I have ever seen in any one place on the planet, without exaggeration.

                  To get strictly back on topic, they have numerous styles of bacon, again, more than anywhere else, and not one is the limp, waterlogged, supermarket type.

                  1. re: Pincus

                    Too bad they're all the way in Mississauga - 99c/lb for all colour bell peppers sounds good to me

                    in relation to this thread - where have people enjoyed the bacon served with their bacon and eggs at at restauarant in the city? I really enjoy the bacon and eggs and beans, etc. at Pomegranate on Queen East. The best bacon I've had served at breakfast was unfortunately in Rio de Janeiro at the hotel breakfast buffet provided - thick and salty and meaty.