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Bacon sold at Trader Joe's

  • EM23 Sep 17, 2013 06:54 PM
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I was looking for Wellshire Farms bacon that a few folks on the TJ’s Yay/Nay threads have recommended, but it seems that my store doesn’t carry it. I did find a brand “W” uncured bacon…could this be the Wellshire brand in plain clothing?
And a second question for the Wellshire fans—have you tried the TJ’s Applewood Smoked uncured bacon? That has been my favorite for some time now and I’m curious how it compares to the Wellshire.

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  1. The bacon is cured but with celery powder which is high in naturally occurring nitrate

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    1. re: scubadoo97

      Scubadoo - Are you referring to the TJ’s or W bacon? Thanks.

      1. re: EM23

        TJ. I goggled the ingredient list.

        Truth be told there really isn't uncured bacon. It's not safe, would have a poor shelf life and it would lose it's red color if not cured with nitrates/nitrites.

        It would be more truthful if these companies would advertise, naturally cured or something along these lines than to say uncured or no nitrates or nitrites added which is truly false advertising to the uninformed. Every single one of these products I've seen on the shelf list celery juice or powder as an ingredient.

        1. re: scubadoo97

          That labeling text is dictated by the government, USDA

          http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/3313...

          USDA is starting from the position that 'being cured' is a good thing. By not using chemically pure nitrates(ites) the companies cannot guarantee the level of curedness.

          But companies do take advantage of the allowed font sizes to make it sound as though 'uncured' is a plus, playing on to uniformed fears of these chemicals.

    2. I LOVE their thick bacon sold for $3.99. Can't imagine our weekends without those.

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      1. re: Monica

        are you talking about tj's applewood smoked bacon? i love that stuff. they also sell a 1-lb package of ends and pieces for $2.99.

        1. re: wonderwoman

          haha, i should look for them..I don't think i ever saw it. My daughter would love those end pieces as long as they are not fatty chewy pieces.

          1. re: Monica

            Ends and pieces packaging is about a 6 inch square by 2 inch thick vacuum pack located on a top shelf near sausages in every store; not at eye level.

            I put the pieces on a foil lined cookie sheet and bake @350º/375º for 20-30 minutes. Most pieces are thick; some pieces have fat which renders off and leaves a crispy fat piece that breaks off.

            1. re: Cathy

              i tried that ends and bits and was unhappy with it. too many burnt pieces while others remained under-cooked.

              1. re: hotoynoodle

                I think ends pieces will be great for fried rice, etc..

                1. re: hotoynoodle

                  Some chunks are quite thick and meaty. If you need uniformly cooked slices, avoid the ends and pieces.

                  I cut the ends and bits into smaller, more uniform pieces. If used for seasoning other dishes they can be lightly rendered, but if used plain (or in scrambled eggs) they are best well cooked (crisp).

        2. I don't like the Wellshire provided, water added, celery powder bacon at TJs. I think we liked the Applewood smoked much more.

          1. We tried the W and didn't like it. The Applewood Smoked and the Black Forest are splendid.

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            1. re: Rilke

              Agreed. We just tried it and it has no flavor. Back to the Applewood for us.

              1. re: Rilke

                I also have gotten the same brand w/o celery powder at times, not sure which it is, might be the dry rubbed, center cut smoked. Just salt and sugar, I think.