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Jacks Gourmet- Facon

cheesecake17 Dec 18, 2012 12:15 PM

I saw this while shopping today. Anyone tried it? Was considering purchasing it, but I can't think of eating meat for breakfast.

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    DeisCane RE: cheesecake17 Dec 18, 2012 12:30 PM

    So just put it on a burger.

    1. azcohen RE: cheesecake17 Dec 18, 2012 12:32 PM

      I bought some, and I enjoyed it. My wife who is BT said "It's not bacon." She also stated she liked Beef Fry better.

      I enjoyed it because I thought it stayed meatier than the A&B's Beef Fry which gets so crispy it falls apart when you pick it up.

      All in all I would buy it again, but not share it with anyone.

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        ferret RE: cheesecake17 Dec 18, 2012 12:54 PM

        You've never taken left-over brisket or corned beef and made corned beef hash with an egg on top? It's a perfect non-matza option on Pesach.

        1. bagelman01 RE: cheesecake17 Dec 18, 2012 01:19 PM

          I have used it to make a kosher Quiche Lorraine to serve at brunch or during the 9 days for dinner with a salad.
          I have also fried it up in a pan, drained and crumbled it and added to salads.

          Great for FLT sandwiches as well.

          I on the other hand, love a fleishige breakfast, my favorite is salami and eggs pancake style...and I drink my coffee black <VBG>

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            queenscook RE: bagelman01 Dec 18, 2012 01:44 PM

            Why during the 9 days specifically? That's when most kosher-keepers avoid meat.

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              bagelman01 RE: queenscook Dec 18, 2012 01:49 PM

              Shabbos during the 9 days...it's our custom to have items flavored with meat as opposed to meat being the main ingredient

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                DeisCane RE: bagelman01 Dec 18, 2012 02:08 PM

                OK, got it. I think I would prefer to use Morningstar strips and make that milchig. :-)

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                  bagelman01 RE: DeisCane Dec 18, 2012 04:10 PM

                  but we always have meat to honor shabbos (unless it's a fast), but minimize it during the 9 days

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              DeisCane RE: bagelman01 Dec 18, 2012 01:45 PM

              You used beef during the 9 days, in a Quiche?

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                bagelman01 RE: DeisCane Dec 18, 2012 01:50 PM

                See above reply to Queenscook

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              skipper RE: cheesecake17 Dec 18, 2012 06:22 PM

              Try warming Turkey pastrami in a microwave for a few minutes until it crisps up. Better than bacon.

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                queenscook RE: skipper Dec 18, 2012 06:49 PM

                Is there readily available kosher turkey pastrami? What's the brand?

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                  helou RE: skipper Apr 9, 2013 08:11 AM

                  Are you referring to the turkey pastrami (I guess it's Empire, or whatever) that I buy as a sliced luncheon meat at the deli counter?

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                  ahuva RE: cheesecake17 Dec 18, 2012 07:58 PM

                  had some at kosherfest - loved it. gonna use it crisped and crumbled on smashed potatoes, stuffings and dressings, mock-dirty rice, mixed with maple syrup for an interesting topping to a noodle kugel - the possibilities are endless! Planning on having it as a burger topping as well.

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                    cheesecake17 RE: cheesecake17 Dec 19, 2012 07:14 AM

                    Thanks for the ideas. Maybe I'll buy some and try it on a burger. Once opened, does it keep in the fridge?

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                      gotcholent RE: cheesecake17 Dec 19, 2012 10:36 AM

                      It has a long shelf life. The product is basically a fancy version of naval pastrami. It is the belly cut, the same lehavdil, that bacon would be made from. Just like pastrami, it is brined, peppered and smoked. A little more crispy then beef fry, but the uses are endless. Pan or deep fried it makes a great bacon for sandwiches, soup or salad toppings. I use the same cut for my beef bacons. The downside is that it does not have that melt in your mouth fat action that you get with lamb or if perfectly done with veal belly. Hey Queenie, check out Mealmart, Hod Taam and Hod Lavan's turkey pastrami. Aarons also makes a great romanian turkey pastrami. The dark turkey meat is a more perfect bacon / smoked ham replacement in this pitboss' humble opinion. But this product, as every other one I've tried from Jacks is a winner and totally a worthwhile buy.

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                        cheesecake17 RE: gotcholent Dec 19, 2012 02:58 PM

                        Thank you for all the great info! I'm going to pick up a package to try on burgers.

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                        daphnar RE: cheesecake17 Dec 19, 2012 07:08 PM

                        So how long will it keep once opened?

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                          gotcholent RE: daphnar Dec 19, 2012 07:15 PM

                          Like sliced pastrami, it is so chalk full of preservatives that it should last two weeks at least in the fridge if well sealed. With only 3/4 slices in each package, leftovers are unlikely.

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                        joebenjamin RE: cheesecake17 Dec 19, 2012 03:20 PM

                        Any product from JACKS is really the old 999!!!They also use the lower east side and real kosher brands.They are in Newark,NJ.

                        1. weinstein5 RE: cheesecake17 Dec 19, 2012 08:32 PM

                          I have used beef fry in the past as a topping for meatloaf - make your favorite meatloaf recipe and layer the facon/beef fry over the top and cook normally -

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                            gotcholent RE: weinstein5 Dec 20, 2012 08:02 AM

                            Or use underneath the skin of your turkey, or to wrap stuffed chicken breast. Placing the meat underneath the skin is key as it keeps the meat from drying out, the flavors really penetrate the poultry and you get a magnificant "tiger striping" effect to boot. Back in my very humble beginings working in the food industry with myfirst hole in the wall deli across from YU, one of my biggest under $5 sellers was called the Pregnant Lady's Dream, and it consisted of a deep fried kosher bacon wrapped hot dog with red onions, pickles and bbq. Oh ya baby! I'm so glad to see that Jack's has opened up this kind of fun to the general puplic!

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                              weinstein5 RE: gotcholent Dec 20, 2012 02:20 PM

                              mmmmmm.....deep fried kosher bacon - that sounds delicious!

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                            AdinaA RE: cheesecake17 Dec 26, 2012 03:07 AM

                            Which of Jack's sausages are wonderful?

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                              teachermom RE: AdinaA Dec 26, 2012 05:09 AM

                              All of them. The chorizo is amazing--I just used it in Mark Bittman's Paella with Chicken and Sausage.

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                                DeisCane RE: teachermom Dec 26, 2012 06:21 AM

                                Yes, the chorizo is great. And I used it in a paella as well, to great acclaim.

                                I like the cranberry-apple as well.

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                                  cheesecake17 RE: DeisCane Dec 26, 2012 10:43 AM

                                  Where are they sold?

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                                    queenscook RE: cheesecake17 Dec 26, 2012 10:48 AM

                                    There's a store locator on their website. I've found their stuff at Seasons in Queens, and the website said their stuff is sold at Aron's here in Queens as well, but you can check to see what's near you.

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                                      cheesecake17 RE: queenscook Dec 26, 2012 10:52 AM

                                      The store locator lists several store near me in Brooklyn, but I haven't seen the sausages in any.

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                                      DeisCane RE: cheesecake17 Dec 26, 2012 11:12 AM

                                      I buy them at the ShopRite in Livingston and have seen them at the one in West Orange as well.

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                                        cheesecake17 RE: DeisCane Dec 26, 2012 11:30 AM

                                        Thanks, I'll check Brooklyn shoprite.

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                                        teachermom RE: cheesecake17 Dec 26, 2012 02:13 PM

                                        Glatt Express in Teaneck has them. The cranberry apple is great in stuffing.

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                                  AdinaA RE: cheesecake17 Apr 9, 2013 06:57 AM

                                  I tried the facon. It is nice, but it does not have the crunch factor that gives a good lamb belly bacon or well-made gribenes that wonderful mouth feel (crunch, followed by sensuous explosion of smoky, salty, richness). Compared with these, facon is a crispy slice of smoked meat. Tasty, and probably useful in adding smoky richness to some dishes. But its not bacon.

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