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Where to get bacon without sugar added?

terlin May 29, 2011 03:26 PM

I live in Solana Beach

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    rinkatink888 May 29, 2011 03:47 PM

    Try Trader Joes. I believe you have them in San Diego. I have purchased bacon there without the nitrites. Can't remembered if there were any sugar or not.

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    1. re: rinkatink888
      honkman May 29, 2011 04:14 PM

      The package might say that the bacon is nitrate or nitrite free but that is just a marketing trick as they use celery juice and powder to cure the bacon. Celery is very rich in nitrates and will be converted by bacteria (even in your gastrointestinal system) to nitrite. There is no nitrate free bacon available as it is necessary to cure bacon. The sources of the nitrate might be in such way that the it's just "natural" nitrate which is chemically not different to sodium nitrate.
      There is also an nice text from Ruhman about the "no nitrate added hoax" with the TJ bacon as the picture.


      1. re: honkman
        mcf May 31, 2011 08:23 AM

        Garrett County (Wellshire Farms) does not use celery juice or powder, and though sugar is listed, it's negligible and not at all sweet.

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      oerdin May 29, 2011 07:58 PM

      Any Asian market will sell pork belly so just ask them to slice it like bacon for you and you have yourself uncured bacon without any sugar added. If you're in an ambitious mood then you can try dry curing it yourself at home.

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      1. re: oerdin
        MrKrispy Jun 1, 2011 04:18 PM

        uncured bacon is not bacon! Abort abort!

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        cstr May 30, 2011 08:53 AM

        You should also try panchetta, although it's not smoked.

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          jennywenny May 31, 2011 08:07 AM

          you could pop to fresh and easy on mira mesa boulevard and try the british style bacon, its not as fatty and streaky as the american kind but I dont think that is sweet.

          Trader joes are in the process of changing all their bacon since niman ranch pulled all the pork and sent it to chipotle, so they are scrambling for a new supplier. Or at least that is what the guy told me when I asked...

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            carli May 31, 2011 09:30 AM

            Try the Jimbo's stores close to you, either in Carmel Valley in the Del Mar Highlands shopping center or in the Carlsbad Forum. I don't know if there's a specific "no sugar added" brand, but they sell a few kinds of minimally processed bacon in their meat section.

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