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Nov 12, 2007 01:33 PM

Kosher Bacon

Does anyone know where I can get good kosher bacon that doesn't taste like corned beef? I remember having it when I was young, but haven't been able to find it anywhere.

I live in NY, so that would be preferable.

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  1. I get Rabushkin Aaron's Beef Fry at my local butcher here in Los Angeles but I am sure that you can find it in New York. It tastes almost the same as the traif kind. It's nice to have a BLT for lunch.

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    1. re: chuck

      I second beef fry - you might also try a local butcher as well for they might make it - ROmanian kosher Suasage here in Chicago makes their own beef frt

    2. some Romanian Pastrami's approximates a Bacon flavor with more salt than smoke.
      that's why kosher burger places have Pastrami Burgers, to simulate a Bacon Berger.

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        1. My Mama taught me that Jews keep kosher and do not eat bacon to remind them that they are different from the goyim. So eat pastrami

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          1. re: rich in stl

            And that would be fine if your mother were in charge of halacha, but since there's no rule forbidding making "bacon" from a kosher cut of meat, I think the OP can continue his/her search.

            I did have a beef bacon sandwich at Pardes last week, and it was great, and I'd certainly recommend it, but in truth, it did not taste like the treif bacon I had before I started keeping kosher.

            1. re: rich in stl

              There is a saying that for every forbidden food there is something kosher that tastes exactly like it...

              1. re: SoCal Mother

                I dunno. I do know I really LOVE crispy Turkey bacon and Pa- stracon is really great too - as long as both are crisp whch I have heard is the best way to enjoy "real' pork based bacon - bit as much as i like them the real stuff is ICKY IMO/ ICKY ICKY ICkY!:(

                1. re: Prettypoodle

                  So is gribenes and so is chopped liver. But we love them just the same.

                  1. re: Prettypoodle

                    Where do you find kosher turkey bacon? Who makes it?

              2. No. Because it does not exist.

                Non-Jews rave about bacon so much that I have tried the kosher versions, talked about this and taste tested some of them with non-Jewish foodie friends.

                The problem seems to be that bacon is a combination of a unique flavor of smoky pork and a unique way that when properly cooked it is crunchy yet immediately dissolves on your tongue. (this is because it is almost solid fat, but if you're on this thread you sort of have to set aside the healthy eating idea and go with the Julia Child advice of everything in moderation)

                Gribenes is as close as you come to the mouth feel. But it is very close indeed. Goose and duck fat work very well with chicken skin. It is a time consuming process. I trust the Second Avenue Deli because I know and trust the Lebwohl boys. Their gribenes is wonderful. Mine is too, but it is a process and you have to clean grease form the the stovetop afterward.

                In some recipes (cassoulet, bean soup) you can substitute top-of-the-line smoked turkey meat.

                The lamb and beef bacon (including the ones served at Prime Grill in New York and the Kitchen Table in Mountain View are quite different than pork bacon. The fat in beef and lamb appear not to do what pork and poultry fat do in terms of crisping up to crunchiness and melting on your tongue. It's not the fault of the cow, the sheep or the chef. It's just reality. Some things just don't substitute kosher.

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                1. re: AdinaA

                  you can try sprinkling bacon salt on the gribenes to have both the mouth feel and the flavor.

                  1. re: chazzer

                    How is the bacon salt? And if it is worth purchasing, where does one find it? (I see that it is carried in Stop & Shop supermarkets; but where specifically in the supermarket should I look for it?) And what flavor/s are highly recommended?

                    1. re: queenscook

                      This is the company's website:


                      All of the flavors are kosher, some are dairy, so you want to watch what application you're using it for. My favorite is the original, followed by applewood and jalapeno. I love sprinkling it on popcorn and it works well in potato dishes, too. I used it recently to jazz up a succotash at a kiddush and it went over very well. I don't make mac n cheese all that often, but I bet it would work well there, too.

                      IIRC, it's shelved with the other spices, seasonings, and salts, at least at Kroger. Oh, and the Baconnaise got mixed reviews at home but it's dairy so again, limited uses.

                      1. re: queenscook

                        My husband puts either the hickory (pareve) or the original (milchig) flavors on basically everything savory. Our most recent batch was ordered from their website, but in Stop and Shop, I found it with other spices/seasonings.