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Mollie says ...
This was fun to read. I have been a fan of Whole Foods Wellshire bacon ever since the Palm Beach Gardens store opened. There is such an enormous difference in the taste, of course, but also how it cooks. Thanks for the insights!
09/15/2011 5:33:41 AM CDT
Shelli Johnston says ...
We LOVE the bacon! My husband could never eat the bacon that is processed in all the others stores now. He loves to use it to season with it when cooking also! IT IS the best! Shelli Johnston
09/15/2011 6:04:43 AM CDT
Dina Maulucci says ...
I'm not a huge bacon eater, but I've had the bacon and it's delicious!!!
09/15/2011 7:50:06 AM CDT
wendy says ...
I love Wellshire bacon! I was at the meat counter and a woman came up, snatched a package of bacon and cheered! She said "This is the BEST bacon you will EVER have! And they hardly ever have it." Of course, I had to try it! And she was right. It was an almost bbq flavor, I can't remember the name of it. I also tried their other varieties that are normally carried at Whole Foods and if I am going to buy bacon, I have to get Wellshire!
09/15/2011 8:26:02 AM CDT
Diane Lewis says ...
We wouldn't eat any other bacon. I buy a few packages at a time because sometimes my wonderful local Whole Foods is "out" OMG of your bacon. Gave us new reasons to eat BLT's which we had resisted. Keep up the good work.
09/15/2011 9:02:43 AM CDT
Valerie says ...
This blog talks a lot about processing, but says nothing about where the pork came from. What kind of farms are your pigs raised on? Are their conditions certified humane? As the global pork buyer, you Mr. Halloran, would be the most qualified to answer these questions. Thank you! (If this question is ignored I will have to assume they are raised in an industrial manner and Whole Foods prefers to keep that under wraps.)
09/15/2011 9:20:14 AM CDT
Carol Fishback says ...
What I'm trying to find on the Wholefoods website is if you carry meat, such as this bacon, that is humanely raised and fed organic food they naturally eat, (not corn,) and finally, humanely slaughtered. Thanks.
09/15/2011 11:31:13 AM CDT
Tracey says ...
I love the taste of this bacon, but have a question. I'm a good Southern girl at heart, so after cooking a bacony breakfast, I've always kept a container of the leftover bacon grease in the refrigerator for later use in certain recipes. Would be the shelf life of bacon grease that comes from "uncured" bacon be greatly reduced from the shelf life of nitrate/nitrite cured bacon? I don't want to go back to the chemicals...but want to make sure that I'm being safe.
09/15/2011 12:08:48 PM CDT
Cliff says ...
I wish all bacon was nitrite free.
09/15/2011 12:25:38 PM CDT
Heather says ...
My kids could eat it for every meal!
09/15/2011 1:08:11 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Carol Thanks for reaching out! The Wellshire bacon is not currently step-rated, but we're working on it. We have many pork suppliers that are Step 1 through Step 4, currently... a HUGE accomplishment! To learn which bacon providers are offered at your community store, I encourage you to reach out to that store directly. Below I've copied the link to help you identify their contact information. Happy bacon-ing! http://wholefoodsmarket.com/stores/
09/16/2011 4:20:51 PM CDT
SM Herbert says ...
I am on a low oxalte diet and Whole Foods is the only place I have been able to find bacon that satisfies those requirements. Thank you.
09/15/2011 2:50:05 PM CDT
Tom C. says ...
FYI, I read an article recently (I can't remember where) which talked about how, chemically, there's isn't any difference between artificial and "natural" nitrates/nitrites.
09/15/2011 3:28:43 PM CDT
NoRecipeRequired says ...
Ah...sweet bacon; there's nothing you can't do. Love the article and trying this soon. Love to use bacon as a flavoring ingredient...like in this Gnocchi with Asparagus and Bacon http://tiny.cc/lane3. Thanks for the article!
09/16/2011 1:08:40 AM CDT
Montana Autumn says ...
Yes, we tried the Wellshire bacon just this past week and really enjoyed the flavor! I had always wondered why some bacons shrunk up to nothing and others did not. Your blog answered that. :) This bacon is definitely a good product and will be savored by us again in the future. Thanks for bringing it to us, WholeFooods. Oh, and Gavin...we second your love of vanilla ice cream and bacon, but we'd have to add chocolate topping to that, too ;)
09/16/2011 4:33:12 PM CDT
janejohnson says ...
@Amanda Good Question! You do not have to do anything differently when cooking cured versus uncured bacon. Remember to always check the expiration dates of your bacon, though, as uncured bacon tends to have a shorter shelf life. Enjoy!
09/16/2011 4:08:38 PM CDT
Johnny Ross says ...
I love bacon but had to give it up because of the bad salt and nitrates my blood pressure sky rockets! I am so excited to find your bacon and as soon as i have had time to try a few pieces and see how it effects me, i will make another comment!!~Thanks!
09/22/2011 1:56:04 PM CDT
Jennifer K. says ...
I'm with Olwen. Just returned from Ireland where we were offered rashers for breakfast, and ended up cooking it for ourselves almost every morning. Practically no fat, and lots of smoky meat. Please try to add this to your collection of porcine offerings.
10/16/2011 7:43:59 AM CDT
April says ...
Regarding the treatment of the animals, this comes directly from the Wellshire Farms website, under frequently asked questions: How are our animals treated? All animals raised for Wellshire Farms are raised on family friendly farms range and stress free. They are fed an all natural grain feed diet. We have an independent third party monitor these farms as well.
10/16/2011 10:23:14 PM CDT
jim says ...
bacon, why bacon? Because bacon is always the answer...
01/17/2012 2:11:13 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Kit We have developed the 5-Step Animal Welfare Rating System for this very purpose. Most of our available meats should be rated as step 1-5. At the minimum, the pork we offer is naturally raised with no additives, ever. I've included a link below with information regarding our Step Rating System. Thanks for reaching out! http://www.wholefoodsmarket.com/meat/welfare.php
01/04/2012 1:55:14 PM CST
kit says ...
I am interested in how the pigs were raised and slaughtered? Humanely? Organically? What are Whole foods standards? Thanks
01/02/2012 5:06:02 PM CST
Jeff says ...
The nutrition info. says 0 grams of sugar, but the ingredients list raw sugar and maple syrup in the Wellshire Farms bacon. My local Whole Foods butcher could not explain this phenomena. I'm diabetic and I would like a clearer understanding of how your bacon might impact my blood sugar.
02/25/2012 10:53:26 PM CST
janejohnson says ...
@Jeff Sorry for the delay. I reached out to our experts and they got with Wellshire Farms. Here's whats going on with the sugar. “Per the USDA, if there is less than one gram of sugar in the product, we do not have to list it on the nutrition facts. This is why the nutrition facts read “0g”, even though there is raw sugar in the product.”- Billie Lopez, Meat Buyer for WFM Thanks so much for reaching out!
03/12/2012 3:23:10 PM CDT
Louise Toole says ...
I purchased Black Forest Center Cut Bacon at the meat counter in Whole Foods in Bellaire, TX. Do you have the nutritional breakdown? Grams of Carbs, Protein, Fat, Sodium? It was very good, but I need to know how to figure it in my diet for health reasons.
08/07/2012 2:24:03 PM CDT

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