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Niman Ranch uncured bacon at TJ

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Created February 27, 2011 at 5:58 PM

I recently purchased Niman Ranch uncured applewood bacon at TJ and taste pretty grade. I visited their website and they claim their animals are raised humanely with 100% vegetarian diet (beef, lamb pork etc).

Question is, is their bacon live up to the standard of paleo - i know in the ingredients they have some sugar, but a little bit shouldn't be too bad..but is the fat rendered from the bacon safe to use for cooking or should I just toss it away?

I live in Southern California and I don't have access to pastured raised pork/chicken nor grass fed beef and I don't have budget for it anyway...thanks!

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on February 28, 2011
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Agree on Henry's! I just discovered the grass fed beef selection at a very small corner section of my local Henry's. Easy to miss. Score on some reasonably priced Top Sirloin and brisket.

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pigs and chickens are omnivores. feeding them a purely vegetarian diet is not humane.

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on February 28, 2011
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Niman Ranch is one of the best companies to buy from in terms of humanely raised and slaughtered animals. I just had their Italian sausage last week and it was delicious.

I think what they're trying to say with vegetarian feed is that they don't grind up the animals who die before slaughter and repurpose them into the food supply.

If you can find Applegate Farms brand, they make grass-fed beef hot dogs. They are also a more humane choice for meat, although it's all packaged - bacon, salami, ham, turkey.

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on February 27, 2011
at 06:49 PM

The problem I have with the meat itself is the vegetarian diet of the animals. It's unnatural. However, it is good they're humanely raised.

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on February 27, 2011
at 06:32 PM

I would keep the fat and use it to cook with, salad dressings etc. Henry's has grass fed beef at very good prices, sometimes equal or less than non grass fed. That bacon is about $5.00 a package, so would rather see you investing in a lb of grass fed ground beef for the same price.

A2fe5bbd09c7804fd321e9e9a9f9d199

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on February 28, 2011
at 08:18 AM

Agree on Henry's! I just discovered the grass fed beef selection at a very small corner section of my local Henry's. Easy to miss. Score on some reasonably priced Top Sirloin and brisket.

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on February 28, 2011
at 04:19 PM

I just visited their website and HOLY CRAP their meat is expensive! I'm sure you could find local grassfed/pastured meat from a local farmer for much less. I know I can.

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on February 28, 2011
at 02:35 AM

As bacon goes I think NR is one of the best. I eat it. I save the fat and use that for cooking.

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