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Old 08-24-2006, 02:21 PM   #1
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"Uncured" Bacon?

I just saw this at Sam's Club today, and tried a sample (well, two, but anyways . . . .). It was quite tasty. This was smoked with apple wood.

Isn't the curing of the pork belly the difference between bacon and pancetta? Would this arguably be pancetta then?

I ask mainly because looking for pancetta here seems to be a lost cause. Bacon all over the place, which I know can usually be substituted, but I want to try the real thing (pancetta).


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Old 08-24-2006, 03:12 PM   #2
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Pancetta and bacon are both cured. Bacon is smoked, pancetta is not.
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Old 08-24-2006, 03:17 PM   #3
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I've been buying "smoked but not cured" bacon from High Hope Hogs, an organic farmer is Pittstown, New Jersey. Best Bacon I've ever eaten, and NO Nitrites.

Pancetta is Italian air-cured bacon, and should be available from any good Italian deli. I know you can get it on line at www.salumeriaitaliana.com. They won't ship it in super-hot weather, but otherwise, just go on line and order some!
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Quote:
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Pancetta and bacon are both cured. Bacon is smoked, pancetta is not.
Ah. I had it backward (as I usually seem to do).

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There is nothing finer then thick cut, pepper crusted, apple wood smoked bacon. Just my $.02
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