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Bacon Salt?

arifa Nov 7, 2007 05:03 PM

I was listening to Good Food and heard an interview with one of the founders of Bacon Salt.

http://www.baconsalt.com

Has anyone tried it? I just bought the original and hickory flavors. I can't wait for them to arrive so I can bust out some pseudo-baconey baked potatoes!

  1. danhole Nov 8, 2007 11:21 AM

    WOW! What will they think of next? Sounds delicious and healthier than adding bacon bits to a potato. Please let us know how they taste.

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      Dubby Jo Nov 8, 2007 01:46 PM

      I received my order a few weeks ago! I couldn't resist after coming across their website. I got the sampler pack so I could try all 3, and also bought an extra original & sent it to a friend who loves salt & bacon.

      I really like it. It tastes like bacon bits to me, so it's a great way to get that yummy bacon flavour without the fat & calories. You'll be using it on more than just your baked spuds, I guarantee it. Yay Bacon Salt!!

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        arifa Nov 8, 2007 02:04 PM

        awesome!!! i can't wait. it's funny. i've never had real bacon in my life for religious reasons, but from all the fake bacon products i've tasted (morningstar farms, etc.) i know i love the flavor.

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          gyp7318 Nov 14, 2007 06:17 PM

          What is the calorie and fat count? Is it made w/real bacon?

          1. re: gyp7318
            arifa Nov 15, 2007 05:23 AM

            My order has arrived, but I haven't tried it yet. Then again, I've never tasted real bacon so I couldn't tell you!

            It's pretty much salt with soy-based flavoring on it. My husband said it tastes like bacon bits. I think the calorie and fat count is negligible, but it's pretty much pure salt, so if you're watching your sodium intake it's not for you.

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              lamster Nov 15, 2007 08:23 AM

              I ordered it for my BF - and I agree with arifa's husband and Dubby Jo. It tastes like ground up bacon bits. It won't replace bacon bits though... I like actual bacon crunch.

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                arifa Nov 15, 2007 02:41 PM

                I had some on scrambled eggs this morning. I liked it! It's nice for those who can't eat pork products or meat in general but still like smoky, salty stuff.

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                  kchurchill5 Feb 15, 2009 08:06 AM

                  It's great!

            2. re: gyp7318
              danhole Nov 15, 2007 07:34 AM

              If you look at the website, it says it is zero calorie, vegetarian, and kosher. So there is no "real" bacon in it. It also says there is an all natural version coming soon. If you salt your potato anyway this isn't going to be saltier than normal.

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                SouthernFoodie08 Apr 15, 2008 02:27 PM

                I have been contemplating buying the bacon salt sampler for a while now. What did everyone think? Also, has anyone tried the ham dust listed on Grateful Palate?

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                  danhole Apr 16, 2008 01:21 PM

                  I haven't tried it yet. I was waiting for the natural version, but I don't think that is going to happen, after looking at their website. Now it is available in some stores, so you might want to look at that.

                  And what is ham dust?

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                    SouthernFoodie08 Apr 18, 2008 02:38 PM

                    I am not sure what ham dust is. I saw it on Grateful Palate and was not sure what is was. I figured there was some foodie on the site who had tried it.

                    I cannot imagine "bacon salt" ever being natural!! :-)

                    1. re: SouthernFoodie08
                      danhole Apr 18, 2008 02:51 PM

                      I looked it up and here is an article from Chow about it. It's pretty close to the bottom of the article under "For example?"

                      http://www.chow.com/stories/10682

                      And here is a recipe:

                      http://www.foodandwine.com/recipes/ha...

                      Sounds interesting.

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                        Dubby Jo Apr 28, 2008 12:42 PM

                        Thanks for the reminder about the ham dust. I saw it on Grateful Palate last year & was going to try making a batch over Christmas. Of course, the holidays being what they are I ran out of time & then forgot about it. I'll let you know if I get around to making some.

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                      juliasqueezer Apr 19, 2008 07:40 AM

                      I ordered the sampler pack (3 flavors) a few months ago. Nice bacon flavor without the grease.

                      I've experimented with all 3 and really liked them, especially in vegetable and egg dishes. The website has several good recipes, but it's fun to experiment. I didn't find it too salty; just cut back a bit on the amount of regular salt.

                      For those in the Midwest, there was a notice on the website that Meijer's in Grand Rapids would carry it in their spice section, and, depending on sales, it might be expanded to other stores. I have no idea why they chose Grand Rapids, but there you are.
                      I have not seen it in SE Michigan Meijer stores, so it may have bombed.

                      I plan to reorder from the website soon.

              2. eliah Apr 19, 2008 07:00 AM

                Bacon salt is fun. It's obviously no substitute for good bacon, but it can certainly enhance eggs and the like. Plus, my vegetarian girlfriend is now able to try closer-to-traditional collard greens (they are miles better with bacon salt than without meat). Yay!

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                  Mellicita Apr 22, 2008 02:51 PM

                  It sounds like it would be really good to liven up the flavor of meat like chicken... or sprinkled over lentil or bean soup. I almost ordered some the other day, after reading about it on a post here on chowhound. Nice to see it does have some good reviews.

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                    chicgail Jan 13, 2009 11:03 AM

                    I just visited the website for bacon salt and there are a lot of options: original, hickory smoked, applewood smoked, mesquite, jalapeno, natural, cheddar. I'm overwhelmed. Which ones have you tried and what do you like best?

                    Plus, has anyone tried the "baconaise?" Worth it?

                    I do have to say that my favorite item on the website was bacon lip balm. It made me laugh.

                    1. re: chicgail
                      danhole Jan 14, 2009 12:11 PM

                      I gave someone the variety gift set from the bacon salt shopping site. It had a jar of baconnaise, the lip balm and 6 bottles of salt; Original, Applewood, Cheddar, Mesquite, Jalapeno and Maple. He thought it was a hoot! He hasn't told me about the flavors yet, but he did say that the baconnaise was very smokey. I suggested that maybe it need to be diluted with some straight mayo and he thought that might make it better. He's going to bring me some to try. I'll let you know. I think I have already mentioned it somewhere else in this thread but so far my favorite is the peppered, but I haven't tried any of the new flavors yet.

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                        alkapal Jan 16, 2009 03:44 AM

                        dani, i would've loved some baconnaise on my turkey sandwiches post-thanksgiving. did i tell you how delicious avocado was on those sandwiches?

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                          danhole Jan 16, 2009 10:36 AM

                          Now you are just being mean and making me drool! That sounds so good. Girl, get to the website and order now!

                        2. re: danhole
                          amethiste Feb 25, 2009 07:17 PM

                          Jon Stewart just tried it on the Daily Show and begged the maker to not send any more so i am guessing it was not good?

                          1. re: amethiste
                            danhole Feb 26, 2009 12:49 PM

                            I still haven't had a chance to try it, but as I said above, the guy I bought it for said it was too smoky, so it may need to be diluted with regular mayo. I need to remind him to bring me some!

                            1. re: danhole
                              LindaWhit Mar 4, 2009 05:21 AM

                              As I said in another thread about this stuff, I wasn't all that thrilled with it. Very smoky in the regular flavor as well. Tried it; didn't really like it; won't be using it.

                              1. re: LindaWhit
                                chicgail Jul 17, 2010 04:03 AM

                                Similar experience. Worked hard to find it in a local grocery. Was excited because of people's comments. Eager to try it. Now it just sits on the shelf with the other stuff like the "salad seasoning" that I never use.

                                I don't think it's "too smokey: -- I love Spanish smoked paprika. I just think it's not that interesting and doesn't taste enough like bacon.

                    2. babette feasts Apr 22, 2008 08:15 PM

                      I like it on popcorn.

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                        Erika L Apr 26, 2008 08:33 AM

                        There was an article about the salt and the company founders in this morning's Seattle Post-Intelligencer: http://seattlepi.nwsource.com/local/3... Apparently, it's very popular with the troops in the Middle East, where pork products are not permitted.

                        1. rednyellow Jan 19, 2009 03:44 PM

                          I bought two flavors and don't care for them. On the side of the bottle is a long list of ingredients. It tastes cheap and artificial. It does not have the subtile flavor of a nice smoked flur de sel and doesn't really taste like bacon, more like flavoring for a flavored snack chip. Ghetto bacon flavor? Maybe it would be good on something snackish, but I wouldn't really cook with it.

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                            jeanmarieok Feb 15, 2009 01:30 PM

                            I like it - it's really good on sandwiches. I expected to dislike it, to be honest, but it's pretty damn good. Set your expectations low, and I think you'll be pleasantly surprised. There's no smoked fleur de sel in sight, I'm sorry to say!! ROLF!!!!

                          2. toodie jane Feb 28, 2009 11:13 AM

                            here ya go; make yer own!

                            http://www.spicebarn.com/hickory_smok...

                            blend with garlic powder, onion powder, paprika and a touch of superfine sugar.

                            It will clump, but then you won't have all that added gunk that's in Bacon Salt.

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                              danhole Feb 28, 2009 12:23 PM

                              And this is better because . . . you are spending more money or what?

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                                toodie jane Mar 5, 2009 06:13 AM

                                I've got everything but the smoke. It would be fun to experiment with and besides, 'you won't have all that added gunk that's in Bacon Salt' , admittedly, the best part about it for me. Why pay for ingredients I don't want?

                            2. alkapal Jul 17, 2010 03:33 AM

                              resurrecting this of the several bacon salt threads only to say, "it is really good on cottage cheese." if i chose to puree the combo, it would be a nice low-fat, creamy, rich-tasting dip for raw veggies. adding a shot of hot sauce and maybe an herb could also add to the depth and flavor.

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                              1. re: alkapal
                                alkapal Aug 15, 2010 07:52 AM

                                i had the bacon salt-cottage cheese combo this morning on some trader joe's multi-grain crackers. nice snack.

                                the cottage cheese was harris teeter's brand, and is nice and creamy with a good straightforward creamy flavor -- not tangy.

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