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Thick bacon slices without nitrates

Barfly

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Does anyone know where I can buy thick nitrate-free bacon slices? All the nitrate free ones I have found you can see through them they are so bloomin' thin.
Tony
 

Drummer

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Nitrates are soluble.
I put my bacon in the frying pan and pour on hot water from the kettle, bring back to the boil and simmer gently for a minute, sieve out the bacon, rinse the frying pan to get rid of the scummy bits, then cook the bacon as normal. It also reduces the salt and anything else which will dissolve in water, and lifts off any oily residue from the machinery.
 

mikeyB

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Shouldn’t worry about nitrates unless you live off bacon, but try Aldi, they are currently promoting their nitrate free bacon. To be honest, it’s such a minor risk compared to crossing the road. And remember that they found out the cancer risk by feeding rats and mice with excess doses. You can’t go through life paranoid.
 

Leadinglights

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Shouldn’t worry about nitrates unless you live off bacon, but try Aldi, they are currently promoting their nitrate free bacon. To be honest, it’s such a minor risk compared to crossing the road. And remember that they found out the cancer risk by feeding rats and mice with excess doses. You can’t go through life paranoid.
Years ago there was a thing about not eating cooked cheese and bacon together. There will always be something, some valid some not so much.
My OH is on apixaban and I just read you should avoid green leafy veg which of course we eat loads of.
 

helli

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Couldn't tell you about nitrates but my parents swear by their bacon they get from the farm shop or farmers' market. They are definitely thicker than the flimsy slices you get from supermarkets.
I don't eat meat (and am so weird that I never liked bacon before I gave up meat) but my partner says the bacon in my Mum's fry ups is really good.

As an aside to prove my weirdness, despite not liking bacon, I enjoy bacon flavour crisps and glad most of them are vegetarian. Perhaps its the same taste buds that love chocolate but don't enjoy chocolate flavoured things like chocolate ice cream or maybe I have multiple strange tastebuds?
 

nonethewiser

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Same as salt in bacon not something I worry about, not as if eating it at every meal.
 

Barfly

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Shouldn’t worry about nitrates unless you live off bacon, but try Aldi, they are currently promoting their nitrate free bacon. To be honest, it’s such a minor risk compared to crossing the road. And remember that they found out the cancer risk by feeding rats and mice with excess doses. You can’t go through life paranoid.
Mike- I agree can't go through life paranoid, I just dislike that scum that comes off bacon, it puts me right off to see it in the frying pan or grill. Nitrates are pretty bad for you as well and it's hard to avoid them totally unless you are vegetarian.
 

Barfly

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Couldn't tell you about nitrates but my parents swear by their bacon they get from the farm shop or farmers' market. They are definitely thicker than the flimsy slices you get from supermarkets.
I don't eat meat (and am so weird that I never liked bacon before I gave up meat) but my partner says the bacon in my Mum's fry ups is really good.

As an aside to prove my weirdness, despite not liking bacon, I enjoy bacon flavour crisps and glad most of them are vegetarian. Perhaps its the same taste buds that love chocolate but don't enjoy chocolate flavoured things like chocolate ice cream or maybe I have multiple strange tastebuds?
@helli You ain't weird. I love chocolate (not had a bite since diagnosis in July) but can't abide chocolate cakes, biscuits or ice cream. Farm shops too use nitrates for preserving. Its use is almost universal. It cuts down the time needed between the slaughterhouse and the product on shelves by a massive amount. Before it's use, bacon was cured for weeks in salt before being ready for sale.
 
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Hepato-pancreato

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Always use spoilt pig dry cured from morrisons. I know it has no anti-biotics. Basically no gunk left in pan when grilled.
 

Barfly

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Always use spoilt pig dry cured from morrisons. I know it has no anti-biotics. Basically no gunk left in pan when grilled.
Thanks for the tip- unfortunately we don't have a Morrisons store here in Poole/Bournemouth. There is one in New Milton about 12 miles away, and another in Verwood about the same distance. Horrible traffic both places from here.
 

rebrascora

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It appears from their website that Spoilt Pig bacon also contains Sodium Nitrite.
 

ianf0ster

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Mike- I agree can't go through life paranoid, I just dislike that scum that comes off bacon, it puts me right off to see it in the frying pan or grill. Nitrates are pretty bad for you as well and it's hard to avoid them totally unless you are vegetarian.
Since for example there are more nitrates in celery than there are in Bacon, it's almost impossible to avoid them even as a vegetarian. But nobody talks about the danger of high nitrate veg.
 

Robin

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Since for example there are more nitrates in celery than there are in Bacon, it's almost impossible to avoid them even as a vegetarian. But nobody talks about the danger of high nitrate veg.
I found this article on the BBC website that looks at the difference between nitrates in veg and nitrates in meat. The take away seems to be that it’s not clear cut, but nitrites (which the body can produce by breaking down nitrates) are more harmful in the presence of protein, and when cooked at high temperatures both of which are more likely in a meat product.
However, I won’t be giving up bacon (as everything, in moderation) any time soon!
 

Lucyr

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Thanks for the tip- unfortunately we don't have a Morrisons store here in Poole/Bournemouth. There is one in New Milton about 12 miles away, and another in Verwood about the same distance. Horrible traffic both places from here.
I’ve never understood why we have about a thousand tescos but no Morrisons. I’ve been to the one in blandford but only when I’ve been that way anyway since it’s 15 miles
 

mikeyB

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Mike- I agree can't go through life paranoid, I just dislike that scum that comes off bacon, it puts me right off to see it in the frying pan or grill. Nitrates are pretty bad for you as well and it's hard to avoid them totally unless you are vegetarian.
The scum doesn’t appear on on dry cured bacon, which is the only type I use. It’s just the water coming out of the bacon in the slightly cheaper stuff. I prefer not to spend money on water.
 

Drummer

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The scum doesn’t appear on on dry cured bacon, which is the only type I use. It’s just the water coming out of the bacon in the slightly cheaper stuff. I prefer not to spend money on water.
There is a scum which comes out of the bacon during the boiling I do - it is definitely a separate part of the process to wash away the scum to clean the pan before resuming the cooking.
 

Hepato-pancreato

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Pity you've no morrisons,seen this today.
 

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rebrascora

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Barfly

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Pity you've no morrisons,seen this today.
Yes - recently we've lost Debenhams, Beales, M&S and last Saturday H&M closed their doors. Bournemouth town centre is like an apocolyptic zombieland now, dossers and tossers in every doorway, druggies and derros, fake veterans with their mangy dogs and even mankieyer (is that a word even?) mattresses. The place reeks of mull, you can get high just breathing the air in the Lower gardens and the Square (town centre). You have to watch out for the lycra louts belting through the paved area and if they don't get you the scooter merchants or skateboarders will while all the time being accosted by agressive beggars demanding money for their next fix.
It's a far cry from yesteryear when people dressed elegantly to go to town, suits and ties for the men, dresses and matching gloves and hats for the ladies in their Sunday best. Do I sound like a grumpy old man? Just telling it like it is.

Why anyone in their right mind would pay good money to come and holiday here is a mystery to me, but the place is packed with grockles.
 

Drummer

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My son in law's mother is on a visit to Poole and when her wheelchair was left unattended for a couple of minutes outside a shop on Poole High street, it was stolen, so she is really restricted for the rest of her stay and until she can buy a new one - she has to get back to Chicago in a week or so and it has really spoilt her trip of a lifetime.
Everywhere is strange and unfamiliar in the area where we have lived for 40 years.
 
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