Butterball Thin & Crispy Turkey Bacon: The 'Real' Bacon Alternative
Jul 5, 2012
Review by Freak369
Rated a Very Helpful Review
Pros:Decent taste, no-splatter frying, doesn't shrink.
Cons:No way you'll ever mistake this for real pork bacon.
The Bottom Line: Great on a sandwich or in a salad, it's a healthy alternative to 'real bacon'.
Recommend this product?
I've avoided bacon since I had my heart attack; before that I could easily polish off half a pack without blinking an eye. I've had turkey bacon in the past and was never really impressed with it; now that I am pork bacon-free it's a nice substitution but there is no way that you will ever mistake this for 'real' bacon. It's not something that I would use on ham if you are roasting it because you aren't going to get any flavor from it nor would I use it on stuffed cabbage because it it won't ooze that glorious grease that gives it so much flavor.
I got the six ounce packs at Save-A-Lot for a dollar a pack; you are getting approximately 18 pieces per pack but some of them are extremely thin pieces so you might need to fry two pieces together so they don't burn. Unlike regular pork bacon, this doesn't shrink when you fry it and there is no grease splatter to it. Even though this is the 'thin and crispy' version, the cuts of the pieces are not what I would consider uniform in thickness. Length wise they are the same but the thickness needs some work.
As far as taste goes, there is no way this will ever pass for pork bacon but if you are adding it to a sandwich it isn't bad. Off the plate, it lacks a little bit of flavor and crunch but a lot of that is going to depend on how you cook it. I pan fry it with no butter or spray; you don't get any grease from this so if you are someone that hates having to clean the stovetop when you are done then this is perfect for you.
Compared to pork bacon, there are some real advantages to the turkey bacon. If you are going by the suggested serving of two pieces, turkey bacon contains 30 calories where most pork bacon contains 100 to 130 per serving. For sodium, this turkey bacon contains 180 milligrams compared to 300 to 380 milligrams for pork bacon. The cholesterol is about the same at 15 grams but there's only 2 grams of fat in this compared to 9 to 11 grams in pork bacon. Even though I hated turkey bacon, it's a nice alternative and the saved calories really do add up at the end of the week.
You can eat this 'as is' once fried or chop it up and use it on a salad or on a sandwich. One of the real benefits of the turkey bacon is that it doesn't have that heavy greasy taste to it when you refrigerate it. I usually fry a pack at a time and leave it on a dish in the fridge. It doesn't get that rank, post-fry taste to it so it keeps for a couple days. I've never had a pack last for more than a day so that isn't a big concern for me.
Turkey bacon is a little cheaper than regular pork bacon too; I got the six ounce packs at Save-A-Lot for a dollar; they get it in from time to time for that price and it is a real Butterball product. You can't even get a twelve ounce pack of store brand bacon for less than three dollars so cost wise this is the better pick.
Not everyone is going to like turkey bacon but I'm still 'scared' of bacon. I know that I have no will power to it and there's no way I am going to clog up my arteries again so it's this or nothing. If you've never tried turkey bacon, you might like it you might not like it. I like that it doesn't shrink up and splatter everywhere but when I fry this in a non-stick pan I have to wipe it out after each batch or I get this weird black build up from it.
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