This isn’t bacon

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  • This isn’t bacon
  • What’s the best (*edit: plant-based) ‘bacon’ alternative you’ve tried?

    (Obligatory meat-based dad-quips go here, I set it it up nicely to make it easy)

    As a lifelong baconite (Yet conflicted since about nineteen-numpty-moo) my thirty-year quest for an alternative has been a long and sometimes strange journey. I first tried those Morningstar strips (thin, US-style, no longer available in UK) and those weren’t bad. I just had them once in a blue moon with egg on a buttie. Then I couldn’t get them. So I gave up for a while and carried on with the odd guilty purchase of fatty pig parts, more intermittent bacon-free years, and then some home-cooking experiments from the ridiculous (frazzle-type corn snacks straight from the bag into the pan then bunned with an egg on top) to the sublime (king oyster mushroom rashers, marinaded then baked until chewy-crisp) – the latter being by far the best. Various supermarket brand vegan and veggie rashers ranged from vile to ‘tastes like plastic frazzles’ (looking at you, Quorn)

    Finally gave up last year because the mushroom version was IME too expensive for the minute yield once cooked.

    Then, last week, the beautiful Mrs Rider arrived from a trip with ‘a surprise’. Thought it would be a bag of crisps or a cake because I’m a fat ****. But she handed me a packet of what looked like giant anchovy fillets that you get in a jar.

    ‘This isn’t bacon’

    Intrigues yet skeptical I cut it open (stinks like smoke) fried three of them up in rapeseed oil, cooked till nearly crispy, then added a few mushroom slices then wapped the lot between some white bread with brown sauce on the plate.

    Skepticism turned to silence. Happy time! These are without doubt the nearest I’ve tried (in both taste, smell and texture) to smoked crispy, meaty bacon rashers.

    Impressed. Mightily.

    Cons? Don’t like the plastic packaging. Too much like supermarket bacon-packaging. But otherwise, SCORE! Good times 🙂

    Any others I should be trying?*

    Some blurb here https://this.co/

    * Once a week/fortnight, as part of a calorie controlled balanced diet, etc etc..

    Premier Icon Drac
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    I’m puzzled.

    You want something that feels, tastes and looks just like bacon but not bacon.

    Pancetta? It’s not bacon honest.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    Mask the taste of anything with vile mushrooms and brown sauce and it doesn’t matter what it is!

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    Go on then OP, what were they? You have a link?

    I like new things in my face hole.

    Go on then OP, what were they? You have a link?

    I like new things in my face hole.

    I put a link at the end 👍🏼

    Another review here (with many more exciting uses I never thought of 🙄) https://bakeydoesntbake.com/2019/09/04/this-isnt-bacon-review/

    Also, cooked some more today and it was even better made crispier, not so it blackens but starting to brown and crisp on the edges.

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    Try the toy bacon from Early Learning Centre, can’t be worse than the other stuff!

    Back when I was veggie, morning star was the best, but was a pain as it was so thin. iirc it was sold frozen (?) so the strips froze together.

    Try the toy bacon from Early Learning Centre, can’t be worse than the other stuff!

    🤣🤣😂. Funnily,enough, that’s EXACTLY how I rememberMorningstar Farms facon looking. Like those you’d get in a plastic pan in a toy kitchen!

    this is totally different level stuff.

    Premier Icon DezB
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    They remind me of my old Nan’s bingo wings in this pic

    They remind me of my old Nan’s bingo wings in this pic

    That was epic. Covered in glory. Like this suspected STWer, prepared earlier 🤣

    (Note: Ye gods, it actually looks somewhat like me when my hair clippers broke. Silver-topped gammon wrapped in bacon… 😬)

    Own up, which one of you is it?

    Mister P
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    That looks lush.

    EDIT – ARGHH!!! I meant the breakfast, not the picture above.

    This is pretty good.

    https://www.sainsburys.co.uk/shop/gb/groceries/all-vegan-products/plant-pioneers-smoky-vacon-rashers-88g

    Tried that, not nice. Fine if you like smoky bacon crisps but otherwise not nice at all.

    Usually get this stuff https://www.uptonsnaturals.com/products/bacon-seitan

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    That looks lush.

    EDIT – ARGHH!!! I meant the breakfast, not the picture above.

    😂😂 oh god! I’m laughing in public for what looks like no discernible reason.

    mattsccm
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    If you are not eating bacon why bother trying to pretend you are? Why not just admit that its a plastic tasting lump of veg gloop

    ^ Well-said. I’ve no idea why I like the taste and texture of bacon, but I’m not’pretending’ to believe that this is animal-tissue any more than I’m ‘pretending’ to believe that takeaway crispy seaweed isn’t cabbage.

    I’m not fooled. I really like it. I really like food and am super-picky about good taste. I don’t even like cheap bacon and I love bacon.

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    lump of veg gloop

    Is this another product from Gwenyth Paltrow’s lifestyle company?

    alpin
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    I don’t understand this idea that vegetarian food has to resemble our taste like meat.

    Accept that if you are not going to eat meat then the food you eat won’t taste like meat.

    Having said that, my GF was very sceptical of Glamorgan sausages one time. It took some effort on the waitress’ part to convince her they were not some type of quorn alternative.

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    That looks lush.

    EDIT – ARGHH!!! I meant the breakfast, not the picture above.

    Almost crying here.

    😀

    I don’t understand

    😑

    this idea that vegetarian plant-based meat alternative products have to resemble or taste like meat.

    FTFY

    And I’ve no idea why people would make plant-based meat alternatives look, feel, smell and taste like ‘our’ meat-based alternatives? Why would they? It’d be like making a carbon-based bike alternative and then not accepting that if you are not going to ride steel then the bike you ride won’t feel like steel.

    So why dress it up like a ..nother chewy, salty, fatty, marinaded protein-delivery snack? I mean bike. Yeah that.

    OTOH, I often wonder if strict veggies bitch and moan that meat-loaf is imitating lentil-loaf? Or strict baconites get upset about turkey ham not being bacon or turkey?

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    Why have alcohol-free beer and decaf coffee? Makes no sense, you might as well just have a pint.

    And chicken burgers, what are they all about?

    Terrible thing, choice.

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    Ooops! Just reread your post and see you wanted plant based. No wonder I was puzzled.

    Anyway pigs have been turning plants into meat for centuries so not sure we need to bother.

    Anyway pigs have been turning plants into meat for centuries so not sure we need to bother.

    Stunning. 9.5

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