Coleman Natural Uncured Hickory Smoked Bacon – Review
Our family loves breakfast so we were thrilled when we found Coleman Natural Bacon at Costco. It is uncured, has no added nitrates or nitrites, and is made with “all natural” pork. And guess what??? It is delicious! Maybe it’s the hint of brown sugar that gives it such great flavor.
The ingredients are pork, water, brown sugar, sea salt, celery powder, and lactic acid starter culture. I couldn’t find information on the Coleman website about the lactic acid starter cultured used but I did find an article on the Applegate Farms’ website explaining the use and purpose of lactic acid starter culture. These cultures can be derived from several different food sources including milk. So if you or someone in your family has an allergy or sensitivity to dairy, you might want to research this further. Here is another interesting article I found on lactic acid starter cultures.
Anyway, back to the delicious bacon! Costco sells the bacon in a box containing three 12 0z packages. The bacon freezes really well so I usually put one package in the fridge and the other two in the freezer. When I need some more bacon, I just put a frozen package in the fridge before bed and it’s ready to be cooked in the morning.
Also I wanted to share this…in an attempt to use the microwave less, we have been cooking our bacon on the stove, which in my opinion results in the best tasting bacon. However, it’s messy, dangerous, and requires attention. So I have found a decent compromise: baking the bacon. I line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, place the bacon side-by-side on the pan, and cook on 400 for about 10 minutes. The thickness and desired crispiness dictate how long you’ll want to cook it so keep an eye on it the first few times you try it. The only disadvantage to this cooking method is the bacon seems to absorb the grease so its still nice and crispy but with a greasier feel. While I was writing this review I decided to look up recipes and this recipe for baking bacon is essentially the same but doesn’t require preheating. I’m going to give it a try and see how it goes!