Bacon: five great picks

This article was originally published in September 2012

Hempler’s Sliced Bacon Add to list — Since 1934, the Hempler family has produced uncured meats in Ferndale, Wash. Their fantastic bacon is free of nitrites and other additives, made the old-fashioned way.

Applewood Organic Sunday Bacon Add to list — Certified organic, this country-style bacon is seasoned with sea salt and brown sugar and smoked for hours over applewood. There’s a reason The New York Times calls it “superb.”

Pure Country Pork Uncured Smoked Maple Bacon Add to list — Sweet and savory, this Non-GMO Verified bacon is produced by the Klingeman family in Ephrata, Wash., where they raise pigs on 100 acres with plenty of fresh air and sunshine.

Niman Ranch Uncured Canadian Bacon Add to list — Bacon isn’t just for breakfast. Top your Hawaiian pizza with this all-natural Canadian bacon made from humanely raised pork that is free of nitrites, antibiotics and hormones.

Lightlife Organic Smoky Tempeh Strips Add to list — Known as “Fakin’ Bacon,” these tempeh strips provide plenty of smoky, savory flavor and are a great vegetarian alternative. Plus, they only contain three grams of fat and zero cholesterol per serving.

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