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Old 07-22-2012, 02:06 PM   #1
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Bacon vs. Precooked Bacon

I was shopping at Aldi's yesterday and saw precooked bacon for about $2 for 2 oz, which ends up being $16/lb.
Then shopping at Sam's Club and Hormel Bacon a 3 lb package uncooked bacon was about $9, which ends up $3/lb.

I cooked down the Hormel Bacon and out of 3 lbs uncooked, it came out to almost exactly 1 lb cooked. So that would be $9/lb for cooked bacon.

I've never tried the precooked bacon, is it any good?

We're having BLT's today, mmmmmmmm.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:12 PM   #2
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I've never tried the precooked. Thank you for doing the cooking and weighing. I never took the time to figure out how much cooked bacon you get from a pound.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:20 PM   #3
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I've never tried the precooked. Thank you for doing the cooking and weighing. I never took the time to figure out how much cooked bacon you get from a pound.
You're welcome.
Bacon is expensive, I probably should buy a pig or maybe just a half a pig. Oink oink oink
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:24 PM   #4
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Bacon may be expensive but it's worth it! Gotta love the stuff.
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Old 07-22-2012, 02:51 PM   #5
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I've never tried the pre-cooked stuff nor really had the desire. We live in a heavy pork-raising region so nearly all our pork products are awesome.

I don't buy "name" bacon. Just the bacon our market sells that comes from area hog farmers. It's the REAL thing. Nice and thick and meaty. Tastes sooooo good. There's not as much cook-away from the bacon I buy, which probably makes it more economical. Depending on whether or not the bacon is on sale, I rarely pay more than $4 per pound.

When the bacon is cooked it's still nearly the same size it was when put into the pan and there's not a whole lot of grease left in the pan. We almost had a bacon grease "crisis" here a couple of weeks ago when our stash in the refrigerator got dangerously low. Can't make respectable cornbread in the South without bacon grease. I certainly wouldn't want the country cooking food police coming after me.
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Most of the time, the only reason bacon is served with liver in my house is because of the lack of bacon grease...
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Old 07-22-2012, 03:11 PM   #7
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Katie, I save the bacon grease for fried green tomatoes.

There was 10 oz of bacon grease, 1 lb cooked bacon, and 1 lb 6 oz of air, I guess.
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Katie, I save the bacon grease for fried green tomatoes.
Oh, now yer talkin'! That sounds like a dish made in heaven. As Emeril Lagasse would say, "Pork fat rules!"
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:51 PM   #9
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I buy the pre-cooked sometimes so I don't have to deal with stinky hair and buckets of bacon grease when making BLTs. When I buy uncooked it's the thick sliced and then I cook it in the oven and load my refrigerator with my own pre-cooked bacon... no spatters and nice flat bacon.
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Old 07-22-2012, 04:53 PM   #10
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The precooked is actually not bad.

However, I do love my bacon grease....
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