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Love Bacon? Win a Year of It!

Is your motto, “Everything’s better with bacon”? Are you on the lookout for an incredible deal on enough bacon to make the mouth-watering sandwiches, salads, burgers and breakfasts you crave? Read on to find out how to enter to win a Year of Bacon! In the current issue of The Whole Deal value guide, we share $49+ in coupons, Sure Deals, 10 budget-friendly recipes and money-saving tips and we also get to the meat of the matter – bacon. It’s sizzling hot these days. So what makes ours better? Made with high-quality pork raised and processed to our strict Quality Standards for Meat, it’s the wonderful, flavorful bacon you want without having to break your piggy bank. Compare to see what you really get for your money.

Let’s start by checking out the ingredients:

365 Everyday Value® Uncured Center Cut Smokehouse Bacon ingredients: Pork, Water, Sea Salt, Evaporated Cane Sugar

Major national brand uncured bacon ingredients: Pork, Water, Sea Salt, Evaporated Cane Syrup, Cultured Celery Juice

Now let’s take a closer look because there’s more to bacon than meets the eye (or the frying pan). Our bacon has standards beyond flavor and sizzlability.

No antibiotics and no added hormones What about how the animals were raised for the bacon you are buying? We believe in great-tasting meat from healthy animals. While federal regulations prohibit the use of hormones in raising pork, our standards don’t allow them in any meat production and they also say “no antibiotics, ever.”

No animal byproducts When animals are fed animal byproducts in their feed, their health can be put in jeopardy. When an animal is unhealthy, the meat from it can be affected, so our standards prohibit animal byproducts in the animal's feed. There’s no similar claim by that major national brand.

No gestation or farrowing crates Animal welfare scientists have proven that sows in crates and stalls, commonly used on many pig farms, show abnormal repetitive behaviors, can go into a state of learned helplessness and are prone to leg problems due to inactivity. Not surprisingly, pigs are in hog heaven in an environment that promotes natural behaviors like moving around and stretching their legs. There’s no need to rattle any cages around here; we prohibit the use of crates and cages by all of our pork suppliers.

Bedding required in housing Rather than spending their lives on barren, slatted flooring as is customary practice, all our pork suppliers are required to provide their pigs with good quality bedding, which helps keep them warm and comfortable. While our producers’ pigs rest easy, are the pigs behind the other brand’s bacon losing sleep? When you put quality standards at the center of the plate, 365 Everyday Value® Uncured Center Cut Smokehouse Bacon smokes the competition. If you’re asking what’s the deal about uncured bacon: Under federal labeling laws, processed meat products such as bacon, hot dogs and lunchmeats that don't utilize synthetic nitrates or nitrites must be marked “Uncured–No Nitrates or Nitrites added.” Instead, uncured bacon often contains naturally occurring nitrates from sea salt and vegetable powders or juices. Our standards prohibit synthetic nitrates and nitrites in all products throughout our stores.

Win A Year of Bacon! To celebrate our sizzling hot bacon, we’re holding an online contest on Facebook to find the next big bacon idea. Bacon chocolates, cocktails and salt have been hits. What’s next? Share your idea and be entered to win a Year of Bacon. (Yes, a Year of Bacon!) Enter and vote for your favorites in the Bacon Smackdown going on between now and July 31 at facebook.com/wholefoodsmeat. The grand prize winner chosen by Whole Foods Market receives a Year of Bacon, and the top 10 ideas as “liked” by the Facebook community receive $50 Whole Foods Market gift cards. Winners will be announced August 10, 2012. We expect the competition to be smokin’ hot, so good luck to all! Make sure you enter the contest on the Whole Foods Market Meat Facebook page, not in the comments below. But if you want to tell us why you’re hot for bacon, we’d love to hear about it.

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Grace Mauer says …

We have bacon for breakfast.

granville freeman says …

smokehouse bacon you got to love it.

Bob Rosenthal says …

Bacon wrapped dates!

Annie says …

I simply sprinkle brown sugar over top of my bacon and pop it in the oven for 12-15 minutes for the PERFECT crispness. Either served alongside something sweet, like french toast, or salty, like eggs benny - it's an easy way to add a delicious, indulgent touch to any breakfast- and always gets encores!

Pamela Goldman says …

Bacon ice cream with crumbled bacon topping...Yummy!!

JanPattersonRN says …

a nice piece of bacon goes a long way toward making an ordinary breakfast extraordinary. what a treat this win would be!

Flissa Mannella says …

Pear slices with a tab of feta wrapped in bacon and bake at 350 till crisp. It's like pie!

Onwyn says …

Let me just say that I live with three teenage boys, who love bacon. So being the health conscious person that I am I would prefer that they didn't ask for bacon every time that I go to the store, but when I do buckle down and buy it, I go all out creating a toasted sesame bagels, tomatoes, avocado, mayonnaise and bacon sandwich for them all to enjoy.

Kristy says …

A while ago a friend and I were talking about how there were five things that just make everything better: coffee, chocolate, bacon, garlic, and friends. If we could somehow combine those things we surmised that we would be on to a good thing indeed! The challenge, however, was how we could possibly combine things like garlic, bacon, and chocolate. The solution? A dry rub for bacon that included instant coffee, cocoa powder, garlic powder, brown sugar, and cumin (all VERY carefully balanced to taste), served at a brunch with friends!

Rhea says …

I really like a recipe I have for red beans with rice and bacon. It's healthy, especially if made with brown rice, but most agree it is just plain tasty!

Karen says …

Oh my...there's nothing better than sliced tomatoes w/balsamic vinegar & olive oil...perhaps a little goat cheese. The best bacon is pan fried in an iron skillet...easy clean-up with your coffee grinds from your morning coffee.

Heidi says …

Bacon makes everything better!! My favorite is bacon wrapped jalepenos on the grill. Delicious!!

Chuck Varney says …

At Secondwind Farm, our small farm on an island off the coast of Maine, we raise heritage-breed chickens so that we can have lots of fresh eggs. Nothing tastes better for breakfast than an egg fresh from the hen house and bacon. We love the Whole Foods brand of uncured bacon. So does our farm collie, Gertie. The chickens, however, would rather eat Japanese beetles. Go figure.

Mary Davis says …

Oh, yeaaaaa! Bacon is TASTY!!!

TANYA MORIN says …

I have always been a fan of bacon and now even more so with a better product from Whole Foods! Whether snacking on freshly cooked strips or sprinkling pieces in salad, on eggs or whatever, I can now enjoy my splurge food happily knowing it comes from a great source. I look forward to winning a year's supply so that I can experiment more with my cooking. Thank you for this chance!

Cheryl Salisbury says …

Bacon adds a little extra zing to most dishes that would, otherwise, be bland.

Colleen says …

Love a BLT whit fresh organic heirloom tomatoes!

Cindy V. says …

Bacon wrapped dates...yum!

ssc says …

Bacon...the one food I would take with me if I was stranded on a deserted island. And Whole Foods bacon contains no hormones or antibiotics. I'm in to win this!

trending says …

Requiring people to be members of facebook to enter this contest stinks!!! Face-crook has gotten many complaints by its users for privacy violations! (Next time, can Whole Foods staff think of another way for us to enter!)

kathy kettinger says …

Try bacon on top grilled lamb chops and peaches.

Carolsue says …

Candied Bacon (made with brown sugar and cinnamon, then baked) YUMMMMM Digicats {at} Sbcglobal {dot} Net

Joan Flaherty says …

Forgot to say--we LOVE to drape bacon over our Thanksgiving turkey!It bastes it and imagine the smell of 2 all-time favorites-turkey, and bacon!I learned this from a Southern friend who said her family fights over who gets to eat the bacon slices when they're dry!

Joan Flaherty says …

I like bacon that's not too crispy wrapped around the beautiful brown turkey, or green figs you(WF) sell. These make GRRRRREAT hors d-euvres for company, or even--a great dinner-with a nice big salad.To bacon-lovers, bacon is NOT just for breakfast!

JuliBee says …

Home made buttermilk biscuits with poached eggs and BACON gravy with bacon crumbles on top!

Jennifer Essad says …

I make breakfast muffins with crumbled bacon, cheese and onion. The variety changes with what I have on hand. But they don't last long - and for a buffet I just make the smaller size (tart)!

Jessica F says …

bacon wrapped melon balls!

Paul Vukmanic says …

Crumbled bacon, sharp provolone cheese mixed into pancakes

nate egerton says …

everything is good with bacon

Susan Andrus says …

Traditional BLT- whole grain bread,lowfat mayo.,tasty tomatoes, romaine lettuce. Bacon without chemicals tastes much better to me and agrees with my sensitive digestive system.

Judy says …

Bacon, Greens, and Boiled Potatoes; Bacon and Sunny-side-up Eggs; Bacon garnishing Roasted Poultry; Bacon, Red Onion, Mushroom, Spinach salad.

Pamela Schneider says …

bacon and scrambled egg in a ready to bake biscuit

E.M.N. says …

Bacon margarita (just add some crumbled bacon to the salt on the rim of the glass with your favorite margarita)!

Samantha says …

My hubby and the kids LOVE bacon and they put it on everything. I bought a bacon cooker to release some of the fat while cooking. We bought bacon mayo, but it wasn’t the real thing so it wasn’t well liked. My son’s favorite way now is to use the bacon as a spoon to get his egs into his mouth. There are some benefits to bacon…like it containing choline which is good for pregnant ladies. Of course we need to watch portion sizes, but it can be included in many people’s diets!

Samantha says …

My hubby and the kids LOVE bacon and they put it on everything. I bought a bacon cooker to release some of the fat while cooling. We bought bacon mayo, but it wasn't the real thing so it wasn't well liked. My son's favorite way now is to use the bacon as a spoon to get his egs into his mouth. There are some benefits to bacon...like it containing choline which is good for pregnant ladies. Of course we need to watch portion sizes, but it can be included in many people's diets!

Nancy says …

Some of my family can't eat raw onion, so I add broken up pieces of very well done bacon to my potato salad for flavor. Everyone sees to love it. And BLT's are the balm.

Corey says …

My twist on deviled eggs. crumbled bacon, a little canola mayo and a little Dijon mustard mixed with the yolks. top each egg with a small slice of sweet gold grape tomato. HEAVEN!

candy says …

Fry it nice and crispy and make a centerpiece out of it!

Allison says …

We wrap bacon around dates, secure with a toothpick, and bake in the oven until the bacon is crispy. It is the perfect combination of sweet and savory.

Susan says …

Wrapped sweet potato bites!!!

Gigi says …

Just fried perfectly and eaten slowly. If I must combine it with something...white bread and mayo is a childhood fav.

Bonita Morlang says …

OMG There are so many ideas just on this website alone...how could I top any of those. I just want a year of bacon to try all of the recipes shown previous to my entry LOL and , yes, also because everything IS better with bacon.

Carol Catto says …

I like bacon but my son absolutely loves bacon. One year for his birthday I got him bacon floss. I guess thia isa little weird but I like small bacon pieces with vanilla ice cream. I like the sweet and salty taste.

Bobbi Jo says …

Bacon Ice Cream!(I've heard of Bacon cake.) My husband loves any kind of homemade/weird ice cream - I'm surprised he hasn't had me try making some with bacon yet!

Valerie Gardner says …

Bacon bits on top of a warm maple frosted donut!

Tracey M. says …

I grew up in Hatfield "Home of the Smilimg Porker". I never knew until I grew up and traveled and went away to school how good the Bacon and Hams are in this area of Pennsylvania. We always had Bacon and Ham dishes fron Texas Tommies- Hotdogs split with cheese in the center wrapped with bacon, to a full Ham meal to potatoe skins with bacon and cheddar cheese. at least twice a week. It was delicious! and I learned to appreciate the great quality Bacon and Ham in this area of PA.

Kelly says …

I too will not participate in Face Book. It's not fair to leave good customers out of this contest. A BLT, when the tomatoes are perfect, is an unsurpassed use of bacon, but in the 11 months of the year in Wisconsin when tomatoes are weak and sad, I love the comfort of truly exceptional soft, almost French-scrambled eggs with nothing but perfectly crisp-crumbled bacon, salt, pepper, a low temp, mini frying pan, and lots of stirring. When the creamy bacon-scrambled eggs are just evenly thickened, spread them over a perfect slice of hot whole wheat toast. Serve with orange juice, which is just tart enough to cut the richness of the bacon-egg-toast.

Thomas Brown says …

Crisp bacon crumbles mixed with dried cherries, cashews & pistachios & mini chocolate chips! Great for quick snack while hiking or taking a break on a bike ride. Also, awesome sprinkled over ice cream or frozen yogurt!!

Susan says …

I must admit, I love bacon & eggs. But it's also very good on a cheeseburger, or sprinkled on a salad, or...stop! I want some right now!

Brenda S. says …

Bacon, lettuce, tomatos, I love it.

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