It is not very often, in public, that I jump on to my soap box but today I will make an exception. Today's rant is about the term 'Un-cured bacon'. My friend Mealonie informed me of Nueske bacon being sold at a great price; 4.49/ 12 ounce package at the 'Grocery Outlet'. This is a great price. Nueske makes a quality product. There product may be considered the 'Gold Standard' of bacon. I rushed to the store and picked up several packages. I noticed the term 'un-cured'. Well my friends, if it ain't cured it is not bacon.
The new terminology of 'un-cured' can be used if instead of nitrates the processor uses celery juice extract as an ingredient. Celery juice extract has the same properties as nitrates but is considered natural. To transform pork bellies into bacon one must CURE the bellies with salt, sugar and celery juice or nitrates. Regardless if you use nitrates or celery juice this process is curing. Marketing gurus have determined that certain sectors of the paying consumer will feel better about their purchases with the term 'un-cured' My response to that is BOULDER DASH!!!!! I still love Nueske bacon.