Introducing a uniquely flavoured and trending middle bacon. The tail is folded up to form a wider middle slice. Unlike any other middle bacon in the market.
NZ Free Farmed Pork (84%), Water, Salt, Natural Flavour, Sugar, Dried Vinegar, Dextrose (Maize), Yeast Extract, Citrus Extract, Potato Starch, Maple Flavour.
NOTE: May contain traces of Soy. No added Nitrites.
As a family, we eat bacon quite often and this bacon sounded like it would be a bit different. I decided to cook this in a bacon and egg pie. I cut off the main part of the bacon fat as I don't eat fat and mixed in some eggs and some mushroom to try and make this pie a bit more filling as I was feeding six people. The bacon was easy to cut and separate the fat off, lucky there wasn't a lot of fat.
We noticed that the kitchen started smelling really nice around half an hour after putting the pie in the oven. Everyone was impressed with the bacon, I heard comments that ranged from "yummy" to "we have to get this again" and even my son who is not that big a fan of eggs (he usually avoids eggs like they would poison him) liked the pie. Decent bacon does cost rather a lot so I would be buying this again but not all that often. Someone once said that the higher the content of pork the better the bacon and this bacon is 84% pork. I also liked that they state that the pigs are looked after.
Bacon is a meat we use in our house quite often. We are busy working parents and with working late or having after work activities going on we can easily have 2 meals of bacon and eggs for dinner a week alone and on top of that we'll have bacon and eggs on the weekend for breakfast sometimes too. Bacon is one of those foods that goes with pretty much everything and because of this it's something we have a lot of stored in the freezer for when we need it. I've found middle bacon to be the most used in our house because of a combination of the price, flavour and amount of fat on it (we like a bit but not too much).
I was pretty excited to try Kiwi Bacon's Maple Middle because it sounded delicious and with how much bacon we usually eat I thought I'd be a good person to see how it stacks up against other brands we've tried. The packaging is nice and plain and there is no doubt about it being a Kiwi product. Like similar brands you can see exactly what you are getting through the clear plastic which is always useful.
We cooked it the same way we cook our usual bacon - frying. It was very easy to fry and we found it didn't stick to the bottom as much as our usual which was nice when it came time to wash the pan. The taste was delicious, there was a definite hint of a sweet maple flavour which really put it a notch above other brands I've tried.
The price is the only thing that would probably make me stop and think if it was really worth the extra expense considering how much I usually buy in a week (on a normal week I'd buy 4 packets). We are trying to keep our shopping costs down as much as possible and at $8 for 275g it seems a little steep for us. Although, when we are having a little splurge week this is a product I would definitely like to purchase again considering how good it tasted.
Middle Bacon is not my usual choice for bacon cuts. While it has less fat than other cuts, it has more than others and I have been working hard to reduce the amount of animal fat I eat. Thus, I wanted to find a way to cook bacon that didn't require extra fats to be added... and since my non-stick frying pans are no longer non-stick, it fell to my MacGyver mind to come up with a solution. Looking in my kitchen cupboards, I spotted my sandwich press. Non-stick, heat from top and bottom, would keep the bacon flat... BINGO!
These are good sized slices of bacon, so I could only put two raw slices on at a time, which was plenty for making my own version of the classic Kiwi bacon buttie. A couple of slices of bacon, some tomato, a little bit of hummus instead of butter or margarine, and a generous grind of black pepper and garlic salt. Could not get any better, I tell you! (Well, maybe with some cheese and lettuce, but I didn't have either of them at the time.)
After making the sandwich, there was a fair bit of bacon fat left on the platter, so I decided to waste not want not... and slapped the sandwich down, flipped it a few times to ensure an even spread of the bacon grease on the bread, then dropped the lid to let it toast. Yep, OK, now it's even better!
I found the bacon to cook very evenly this way, and it had a wonderful almost-caramel flavour when it was cooked - no doubt due to the maple flavouring - but also carried that wonderful aroma of fresh cooked bacon. The price is a bit steeper than my usual bacon buys - it works out to about $29/kg - but the quality is very high. You can tell how much salt water is pumped into the meat by looking at the percentage of Pork on the ingredients label. The less pork, the more salt water and the more the meat will shrink when cooked. This variety rocks in at 84% meat, which is some of the highest I have seen on shelves in a while. (My usual variety only rates at 56% - way less actual-meat per slice!)
Overall, I would happily buy this again, but it would only be as a treat food... which may help me reduce my meat intake down even more. I can't really fault it, and the price is fair for what you get, if you value quality over price.
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