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Mar 22, 2013 06:16 AM

What's the verdict on turkey bacon?

Better for you than regular bacon?

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  1. Turkey bacon has a lot of sodium & tastes awful.

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    1. re: thymeoz

      Uh - REGULAR pork bacon "has a lot of sodium" as well. Also a LOT of fat.

      And unless you've eaten every single brand of turkey bacon out there (which I doubt), just as with pork bacon, there're a lot of differences in flavor. Not all pork bacon is up to snuff flavorwise either. Blanket generalizations really have no place when it comes to food.

      1. re: Bacardi1

        Bacardi1, could you recommend a turkey bacon that's exceptional. I'd welcome a brand that satisfies.

        So far I've tried store brand to turkey farmer and the level of induced smoke turns me off. The strips dry out very quickly off the griddle. The flavor beyond smoke is rather bland.

        But I'm open to hearing your recommendation on some spectacular turkey bacon I've missed out on. TIA!

        1. re: HillJ

          We've used turkey bacon for a number of years now. For years I used Butterball. Now I buy Oscar Meyer. I believe Butterball is a good product but I can't easily get it where I live now. I don't care for Jennio-O.

          I cook the bacon on a CI grill pan, and I get good results. If you cook turkey bacon too long it does get stiff, so strive for doneness just shy of stiffness. I also have had good results baking many strips at a time in the oven. I blot the bacon on a paper towel, before plating.

          I believe that Whole Foods also carries a turkey bacon, but I've never tried it. Try several brands to find the one that you like the best.

    2. I hate it with a passion. I'm currently staying in Kuala Lumpur, where it's largely Muslim and most restaurants have the "halal" certification, and so served turkey bacon in place of the real thing. Been encountering it on a regular basis for the past two years. HATE IT!

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      1. re: klyeoh

        I've encountered a lot of it in KL hotel breakfast buffets. It's not a pleasant experience. I eat it to be polite if I have to
        but avoidance is preferable.

      2. not sure if it's better for you than pork... My MIL is the only one I know who uses it - because she can't eat pork. I am not a fan. The taste and texture are very unpleasant.

          1. Define "better". One regular slice of bacon has 30-40 calories. That is not exactly a lot, even if you have 3-4 slices. And really, how much more bacon does one eat in one sitting?

            Oh, ok. Maybe 5 slices :-)