You may, like me, have wondered "what do you get extra from buying bacon at $6/lb vs. bacon for $4/lb?"
Of course, if you like your bacon to actually be smoked, do prepare to pay a bit more. If your taste buds don't inform you that spending a bit more on this ambrosia is a good deal, here's something more.
I took 4 ozs of Mackenthun's applewood smoked bacon, and 4 ozs of "Farmland" mass produced bacon, and fried them. After frying, I weighed both sets of bacon.
The result; Mackenthun's had 1.5 ounces of pure bacon goodness left, while the Farmland had only one ounce of unsmoked mediocrity left to be weighed. If you want the most pure bacon goodness for your money, the winner by 2nd round KO is Mackenthun's. (or your favorite from your local butcher shop)
(the difference would have been even greater, by the way, had I tested the "Farmland" bacon right after opening the package, when the water they leave in their product would still have been there)
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