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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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Pennisue says …

Bacon milkshake.....haven't tried it yet as I just heard about this recipe but sounds oh so good for this bacon lover. The there is the bacon martini...different, yes, tasty, I'm sure it is

Bob Fiore says …

Bacon. Peppered Turkey Bacon at WF is off the chart good.

Kellie Duncan says …

I like to keep it simple when I eat Bacon. I enjoy it the most, alone. I mean, on it's own, not, necessarily, when I am physically alone, although, it certainly cheers me up when I am lonely. Ah yes, that savory slice of bacon when one is sad causes the heart to smile, to soar, to sing!!! Well, maybe I am romanticizing Bacon. But, I love it so, I shout it's greatness to the highest heights. Have some. You will join me!

Joshua Grzegorzewski says …

Maple-Bacon ice cream; hello Summer!

Melissa Keune says …

Bacon Bagels!

Tara says …

Maple Bacon Scones! Reminiscent of pancakes and bacon with maple syrup!

leah says …

carmelized bacon in a spinach or mixed organic greens salad. Some grilled plums would be a tasty addition

Sarah says …

Muenster cheese, broccoli sprouts, deli turkey, mayo, mustard, and a pita! Delicious!

Lisa says …

LOVE adding crumbled bacon to green beans and carrots sauteed in garlic and a little bacon drippings!! MMMMMM!

Peggy says …

Bacon pocket squares...to pull out and stiff as needed.

hannah says …

This might sound strange, but I think the fate of bacon in this country is this: to get people to eat more vegetables. A small bit of bacon fat and/or crunchy fried bacon makes nearly ALL vegetable dishes better...and more apt to be eaten by picky kids & adults. If everyone added a small bit to brussel sprouts, kale, spinach, squash, sweet potatoes, warm salad dressing...the list goes on...Americans would soon be eating their required servings of veggies every day.

cary sfikas says …

BLT's.....yum

Lori says …

Ok, ok, I admit that Alexandria's Bacon Bar sounds amazing....but, wait! I'd like to win, too! Give me a West Coast wrap with a sun-kissed native summer tomato, a slice or two or three of avocado, a little mayo, several strips of perfectly cooked bacon on some delightfully fresh pita....a-ha! It is SOOOOOO good!

TINA P. says …

HOW ABOUT THE GOOD OLE STANDARD BACON, LETTUCE, MAYO WITH A LITTLE SALT & PEPPER ON WHOLE GRAIN TOAST!

Diane says …

Chocolate dipped strawberries covered in bacon bits Strawberries Chocolate Bacon bits Pretty self explanatory ; melt chocolate in Double boiler , dip strawberries , roll in bacon bits

JohnZ says …

Bacon flavored Pez

Lee J says …

Bacon Ice Cream!

Shari says …

How about a way to enter for those of us who do not use a social network. There are plenty of people out there who do not use Facebook.

Arlene Wheeler says …

My husband's family places bacon in a folded slice of toast and dips it in hot chocolate.

James Sulis says …

There is a place in Portland, Oregon called Voodoo Donuts. Their specialty is a maple frosting donut topped with BACON, and it's delicious!

Joan Conners says …

Bacon wrapped around fresh asparagus spears and then roasted until crisp. It's true, bacon makes everything taste better, and especially vegetables!

Megan says …

I love bacon crumbles on top of vinegar soaked tomatoes & onions!! hum hum

Amy Remke says …

Chocolate covered bacon. Just melt some chocolate chips & dip the cooked bacon into it. Sounds weird but is delicious!!Two of my favorite food groups UNITE.

Randi says …

On a homemade flour tortilla with pulled then roasted pork mushrooms red pepper and avacado.. It was an amazing dish I had in puerto Rico with a trio of mini fish tacos that also featured bacon the pulled then roasted pork with bacon was an invention the chef made just for me:)

Rise Ruhl says …

BLT with a side of maple bacon cupcakes! You know how to make a BLT, I bet (add avocado for some extra yum!), and maple bacon cupcakes are almost as easy! FOR THE CUPCAKES (taste similar to pancakes) 2 call purpose flour 1 Tbspsugar 2 tspbaking powder 1 tspsalt 1 1/2 cwhole milk 2eggs 2 Tbspunsalted butter, melted and cooled FOR THE FROSTING 1 cunsalted butter, at room temperature 2 1/2 cpowdered sugar 3 Tbspmaple syrup 1 tspvanilla extract 3 slcbacon, cooked, cooled and crumbled Directions 1 Preheat the oven to 400 degrees F. Line a standard muffin pan with liners and then spray the liners with non-stick spray - very important. 2 Whisk together the flour, sugar, baking powder and salt in a large bowl; set aside. In a separate medium bowl whisk together the milk and eggs, then stir in the melted and cooled butter. Add the milk mixture to the dry ingredients and whisk together until just moistened and combined. Like pancakes, lumps are okay! Divide the batter between the muffin cups and bake until puffed and firm to the touch, about 10 minutes. Let cool for about 5 minutes and then remove cupcakes to a wire rack to cool completely. 3 To make the frosting, use the whisk attachment of a stand mixer to whip the butter on medium-high speed for about 5 minutes, scraping the bowl as needed. Reduce the mixer speed to low and add the powdered sugar a little at a time, waiting until it’s mostly incorporated before adding more. Once all of the powdered sugar has been added, scrape the sides of the bowl and increase the speed to medium-high and whip until fluffy, 1 to 2 minutes. Add the maple syrup and the vanilla and whip for another minute or so to incorporate. Add the bacon and mix to combine. Using an offset spatula, spread the frosting on the cupcakes. Top with additional crumbled bacon if desired.

diana says …

BLTs with homegrown lettuce and tomato.

Diane Var says …

Bacon and peanut butter. Why not ? Bacon is great with anything!

Max says …

How about bacon-wrapped bacon? i.e. Canadian bacon wrapped in crispy thin cut bacon.

Doreen says …

I love BLT's with Whole Foods bacon-especially in the summer when the tomatoes are of better quality.

John oltmanns says …

2 slices wheat toast with both sides loaded up with your favorite jam 1 sliced Avocado 1-2 eggs...done the way you like...(like mine a little runny) A bit of hot sauce As many strips of bacon as you an stand! Two of these after a long bike ride with a glass of milk followed by a nap make a perfect morning!

Rachel says …

Bacon ice cream?!?! Could be interesting, but I would love a year of bacon! yum

Roseann Pairo says …

I make a salad with hard boiled egg, avocado, tomato, celery and 2 or 3 pieces of cooked bacon. Mix the yolk and some of the avocado with 1 tbsp of mayo and a splash of lemon juice. Chop the rest. Combine chopped egg, avocado, celery, tomato and bacon with the mayo. I also stir in fresh parsley and chives, about 2or 3tbsp of each. Serve on a bed of lettuce or greens. You can also use whole lettuce leaves and put a couple spoons on each leaf and roll them up for something different. I use all organic ingredients as well. Got the idea from Mark's Daily Apple.

Carole says …

Bacon wrapped scallops - YUM!

Carol M says …

My favorite quesadilla is with chicken, bacon, mango, onion and cheese inside the tortillas. I spray each side with oil spray and lightly salt them and then brown them in a skillet. Only addition needed to serve is sour cream or plain yogurt!!!

Martha says …

Fried egg sammies with bacon!

Lisa says …

Bacon wrapped dates. And a summer time BLT! Whole Foods brand bacon is favorite!

Suzy says …

Sea-Salt Ice Cream w/ Bacon Crumbles!!

pamela says …

I toss bacon in everything even chocolate chip cookies and brownies. It adds a special flavor to treats, salads, soup, ice cream, I haven't tried it in booze because I rarely drink booze.

Dave says …

I'm with Sharon about FB! And what's with the whole pack in a Sunday afternoon? I go through a whole pack as soon as it's cooked and no guilt here either :-)

Brenda says …

All of the above

mathilda cassidy says …

There is NOTHING more satisfying as an egg with a piece of bacon to start each morning!!!

Summer says …

Spelt Biscuits with Bacon Gravy. Only 20 minutes! Same time as pancakes!

SUE W says …

BLT! BLT!! BLT!!!!!!!

lim says …

I'm like my friend in the dog treat commercial. "Bacon, Bacon, Bacon...it's good with everything" Of course the dog lppks better than I do.

Carol says …

I'm always looking for ways to use my summer tomatoes. My family gobbles up the clasic....toasted whole wheat bread, lettuce, thick slices of tomatoes, homemade mayo and bacon. Once a week isn't enough.

Chris says …

Bacon and lobster sandwich!

Martin Arling says …

Bacon on apple slices delicious

Mary Arling says …

Candied bacon-fry it with br sugar and maple syrup - sure please

Sue says …

Chocolate cupcakes with bacon and chocolate frosting with crumbled bacon.......it is good!!

Anna Nolette says …

bacon and eggs are the best combination....especially eggs sunnyside up!

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