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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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Cathy Little says …

Bacon cheese fries with ranch dressing.

terri weber says …

BAcon peanut butter on whole wheat is something I have loved since i was little. It really is good!

Carol says …

Bacon and eggs or on a fresh summer salad!

John Simons says …

Bacon and cheddar infused Hash Browns (shredded), used as a bed for soft boiled eggs !!

K. Mallett says …

We love to make a nice summer salad with lettuce, tomato, cucumber, bell pepper, avocado, onion, feta, and lots of crumbled bacon... top with your favorite dressing and it's DELISH!!

becky says …

Chocolate dipped bacon on a stick! The perfect outdoor fair food. I would also love to see maple bacon covered in walnuts on a stick! In fact let's wrap a tweenkee in bacon deep fry it, then dip it in chocolate and eat it on a stick.

Heather says …

Bacon party biscuits

Alexandria says …

The Bacon Bar! Every year, my friends and I gather on the Cape for a long weekend. We're each responsible for preparing one meal or happy hour for the rest of the group. There are a couple chefs and a whole mess of gourmands in the group so I stepped up my game by creating the "Bacon Bar." I get "First Breakfast" for which I make all sorts of goodies but the Bacon Bar has reigned supreme. It ranges from 10-12 types of bacons (different smokes, cures, uncured, thick, thin, etc. even *gasp* turkey bacon) on separate plates with display cards stating what makes each bacon special and where it was made (we always strive for local products). Some types/brands won't make it to the following year, some are staples that must always make an appearance. Either way, bacon tastings are great fun and and you don't have to have an "educated palette"" to sit around and argue about what makes a good fried pig strip. I think everyone should have a Bacon Bar at their next gathering!

Mary-Frances Lascuola says …

I am stealing Angie's idea with a little twist. I too love BLT's. Fair is fair I will share with Angie!!!! Angie added - Who doesn’t love a BLT in the summer. It’s the combo of a crisp piece of lettuce, a smear of mayonnaise, crisply cooked bacon, and that perfect sun-kissed ripe tomato that only the good ol’ days of summer brings. DELISH! My twist - add shredded organic cheddar cheese and diced purple / red onion. Oh fantabulous to the taste buds.

Mike says …

slit hotdog length wise and stuff with cheese,wrap bacon around hotdog and grill or bake until heated thru and cheese melted.

Mike says …

organic beef hotdogs slit length wise and stuffed with cheese then wrap bacon around the hotdog and grill or bake in the oven until hotdog is heated and cheese melted.

Maureen W. says …

brussel sprouts cooked with bacon & stuffed figs wrapped in bacon.

Amy says …

We made a stuffing with chopped bacon, quinoa, fresh spinach, one egg (mixed with all ingredients) celery, onion and garlic. We stuffed a whole chicken breast and baked in the oven - delicious!!

Sally says …

Bacon lettuce and tomato sandwiches and top it off with crumpled bacon on top of a cupcake

Jen says …

We love Grilled terayaki chicken, grilled pineapple and bacon. Yummy!!

Derek says …

Can not live a day without bacon! Bacon burgers! Grilled Cheese w/ bacon! Bacon and vanilla ice cream w/ caramel!

BJ Adair says …

Your 365 Uncured Bacon is awesomely good. I am very sensitive to preservatives and being able to by foods without nitrates, nitrites, sulfites and MSG brings me back to Whole Foods very often. Thanks for literally saving my life over and over again!

gudrun says …

I add bacon pieces to brussel sprouts, delicious!

Daniela says …

Bacon wrapped dates (with a roasted almond in it). Bake until well done. Yummy!

john says …

BLT is still THE BEST sandwich

Liz says …

Pat brown sugar all over the bacon Bake until crispy (400 degrees) Break up into small chunks and then serve on top of a large salad with goat cheese, creamy balsamic dressing and minced jalapeno!

Juliana says …

Tempura bacon with spicy maple dipping sauce!!!!!!

Stephanie says …

I would just lay the entire year of bacon out on the living room floor and bask in it.

Phyllis says …

I also do not use Facebook. Guess I will not be able to enter the contest. Too bad, as I love your peppered bacon. I'll still shop with you.

michelle says …

Crispy bits of bacon as part of the crumb top of summer fruit crisps and compotes. With vanilla ice cream on top. Mmmmmmm

Caitlyn S says …

When I think of Bacon, I think of jalapeno peppers stuffed with a cream cheese and spicy italian sausage mixture topped with bacon and grilled to perfection! Yum! My mouth waters when I think about them!!!

Nick says …

Bacon wrapped sausages!

Kelly Barr says …

BA-TAO Bacon,Arugula,Tomato, Avocado and Onion on a Bagel

Beth says …

I'm with Sharon - I am a creative, bacon loving customer of WF but am not a fan or customer of FB - how about some other options for entering the contest??????

Elizedge says …

Bacon spread (not thta may stuff- just straight up bacon you can add to a sandwich or burger- already cooked and a spread won't fall out like tiny pieces))

lynn says …

Smoky Bacon Bloody Marys!!!

Molly says …

A little bit of bacon every day is the key, I think. Some precooked bacon in the fridge at all moments is fantastic. Throw it in eggs, in a salad, in pasta, anything that needs a little bacon. It's too much hassle to make bacon with each of these meals, but I think a delicious "convenience" bacon to allow you to eat quality bacon in small quantities more often is the next big thing.

tara greco says …

Bacon adds flavor to any salad, sandwich or soup. Savory and sumptuous!

meg reider says …

I love toasted rosemary bread slathered with mashed avocado, tomato sliced thin, piled high with bacon then topped with gruyere cheese & put under broiler to melt cheese…yummy!

Martha Dolciamore says …

A whole year of bacon is a dream come true!! I love bacon!!! Did you know you could wrap slices around the bottom of a large muffin tin (around each muffin cup), bake in the oven on a cookie sheet, and when cool you have a bacon bowl to fill!!! (I'd fill mine with more bacon!)

Christine A. says …

Perhaps a bacon facial, only natural ingredients, would be the next big thing, somehow very moisturing, would attract men and benefit the green movement.

SaraW says …

I agree with Sharron, CJ and Bethy, I don't have Facebook either and would like to participate. I don't like how you have to be on Facebook to submit an idea and be a part of the contest. Disappointing Whole Foods. NOT FAIR!

Shannon Stratton says …

Bacon, Avocado, Tomato, Swiss Cheese on Latvian Rye

Shannon Stratton says …

Bacon, Avocado, Tomato, Swiss Cheese on Latvian Rye Bread

Ryan D. says …

Bacon laced cinnamon bun roll Bacon bowl salad

Glenn says …

Bacon's great right out of the frying pan! Give me that bacon, please! I'm hungry now.

Erik says …

Bacon, apple sauce and orange slices.

Heather says …

Salted caramels with bacon chips on top

Ryan D. says …

11. Bacon Mac n' Cheese 12. Bacon wrapped pork tenderloin ( additional glaze, bbq sauce topping) 13. Split pea bacon soup 14. Bacon flavored tortilla chips. (coated in bacon) 15. Bacon wrapped hot dogs (sausages)

Linda says …

Bacon, tomato and avocado sandwich!

Michael Astemborski says …

Bacon Jam goes great with Peanut Butter!

michael kelly says …

prawns dressed in bacon with toothpicks through them same with mussels-adds flavor tropical fruits with seafood and bacon on a shaslick stick bacon soup!add to clam chowder for a spice delight!

karen says …

bacon crushed on home-made potato salad...fabulous

Mary says …

I love wrapping dates in raw bacon and baking until crisp. SOO DELICIOUS!

Angie says …

Who doesn't love a BLT in the summer. It's the combo of a crisp piece of lettuce, a smear of mayonnaise, crisply cooked bacon, and that perfect sun-kissed ripe tomato that only the good ol' days of summer brings. DELISH!

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