Sunday, April 26, 2009
Price Chopper's Brand Pre-Cooked Bacon. A Review.
I know that I have been trying to keep this blog fairly bacon free, but when I saw this I had to purchase and review. This is Price Chopper brand precooked bacon. I have never actually bought precooked, convenience bacon before so my viewpoint could be somewhat skewed by not having a basis for comparison.
The stuff was fairly cheap, I don't remember exactly, but it was under 3 bucks. The packaging is pretty drab and institutional with kind of a Warsaw Pact feel to it (In Soviet Bulgaria bacon buys you!). I opened it up and was greeted by a plastic pack of bacon slices separated by wax paper.
The bacon slices appeared very long and skinny and were virtually paper thin. Following the instructions on the box I placed six slices on a paper towel and microwaved for 45 seconds.
Verdict: This was the strangest bacon that has ever passed by my grease drenched lips. As I stated before, this stuff was very, very thin. Kind of like bacon paper. It was rigid and "crisp." I put crisp in quotes because it was not a normal bacon-like crispness, but more of a strange brittleness. Sort of reminiscent of some veggie bacons that I have had. The flavor was very surprising as well. I expect inexpensive bacon to have a certain saltiness. This bacon was almost bland! There was none of the aggressive salinity that you would expect from a cured pork product. It was nearly flavorless, it was like having odd, greasy, communion wafers in your mouth.
I know that this stuff is probably contract produced it some far off bacon plant (probably in Mexico). Price Chopper very likely has little to do with the production, but if you are going to slap your logo on a product you have to take some accountability for its quality. This stuff is nasty, for shame Price Chopper! I expected more from you.