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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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Jennifer Sloan says …

Bacon inside pancakes and waffles.... Yummmmmmmmm

Terri says …

Bacon Burritos!

Terry Herman says …

Bacon is a great flavor enhancer. I love microwaving or baking my bacon to remove most of its fat. Crumbled in eggs, or a salad, or in mashed potatoes, or left whole for sandwiches, the possibilities are endless. Bacon offers bountiful benefits. God bless the pig!

saraileana says …

bacon-donut

Amanda says …

Bacon wrapped tator tots!

Katherine says …

bacon-wrapped grilled peaches

Susan Leeds says …

Bacon infused pralines!

Kelly says …

Bacon Chocolate chip cookies

barbara mccallum says …

blt's

Doytsche says …

It's unfortunate Whole Foods choses to make Facebook a requirement. I think they could give another option for those few of us who are not Facebook fools, but still love Whole Foods and bacon! Bummer! We love bacon!

Kara says …

Create bacon that can be used to make houses - like gingerbread. Moldable bacon.

Danielle says …

Prior coming to Whole Foods, I thought that i've had bacon. I was completely wrong. The thick cut slabs of bacon are more substantive than the regular bacon found on the supermarket shelves. And that pigs that the bacon came from have to hormones or antibiotics makes the bacon all the more better. The best thing to do with bacon in my mind is BLT. There is nothing that compliments good bacon like a fresh ripe tomato. The perfect pairing.

Rhonda Hunter says …

Let me share a great, easy recipe. In custard bowls, drop 1 egg; wrap a half slice of bacon that has been cooked to remove grease, add 1 tsp butter a dash of salt and pepper. Place on a cookie sheet in the oven until egg is cooked as desired! As a tip, I usually precook my bacon on a jelly roll pan in the oven.

Mandy Aureli says …

Bacon maple sugar!!! Think of all the things you could add this to :-D

Dori McCarthy says …

Bacon is great in a broccoli salad.

Stew says …

Even though my wife and daughter are vegetarians and I, therefore, eat soy bacon at home I would love an indulgence of humanely raised "healthy" bacon. I will share with all my neighbors and enlighten them!

Brenda says …

Bacon tastes great in potato salad, pasta salad and my broccoli salad, too!

Doreen says …

I make a wonderful quiche that taste even better when you add bacon to it. It is a cheese and broccoli quiche but when you add bacon, it goes from good to great.

Patar says …

I always put bacon on my peanut butter sandwich. It gives it a nice crunch and I love bacon with anything!

Anne says …

Just about anything wrapped in bacon is mmm-mmm delicious!

Jean Johnson says …

Bacon and shredded extra sharp cheddar cheese added to cooked grits. Love bacon! Bacon is one thing I refuse to give up!!! :-)

Jean Tordella says …

Bacon Avocado Kale Salad, YUM! Bacon Kale Avocado Salad Ingredients - not a precise recipe; does not matter Bunch of Kale - depends on size ~½ lb. or more of bacon Juice of 2 lemons ~ ½ cup depending on how much kale Garlic powder Onion powder Black pepper ~3 Sliced & cubed avocados Directions Cook bacon on a foil lined cookie sheet (easy cleanup) 425 degree oven until crispy Clean and chop kale Sprinkle with garlic powder & black pepper; no salt because of the bacon Add avocados Drizzle the lemon juice over the salad Remove bacon and crunch it up to add to salad Scrape bacon grease off cookie sheet and drizzle over salad Toss & serve warm

Brianna says …

BALT's taste great in the summer! Bacon, avocado, lettuce, and tomato on freshly toasted sourdough bread! Love the combo of tart, salty, crunchy, and creamy in this sandwich! Add an egg, and it becomes breakfast...or breakfast for dinner!

Len Yanavich says …

I love bacon, pure and simple. A sacrilegious bagel? Toasted bagle w/a little butter, cream cheese and fresh bacon. Delish. Also a great partner in my baked beans with molasses and onions or as a base flavor for my Branford CT. clam chowder with fresh shucked clams, potatoes, celery, onions and a diced garden tomatoe.

Zoe says …

BACON CANDY! This simple recipe goes amazingly well with a special Sunday pancake breakfast. 10oz bacon, 1/3c dark brown sugar. Preheat your oven to 350 degrees. Line a large cookie sheet with aluminum foil. Place bacon slices on pan, leaving about .25" in between each. Cook for 10 minutes, flip bacon. Cook for 10 more minutes or until almost crisp and then sprinkle each slice liberally with dark brown sugar. Cook for 5-10 minutes more until brown sugar is fully melted. Allow to cool for 5 minutes. YUM!!

Pam Bader says …

My favorite part to a low carb high fat diet is BACON. I don't think there is a dish that doesn't need a bit of bacon in it. Even eggs taste yummier if you cook them in a bit of bacon drippings (thanks, Mom, for that tip). I like to eat bacon a bit crispy and definitely eat it with my fingers!http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2T_obaO46Bo This youtube Bacon is Good for me clip tells it all. It is a show on t.v. where a boy loves bacon and Wife Swap, the show, sends in a lady to flip eating habits. Truly priceless. :)

Tiffany Coffman says …

Bacon is best on Sunday morning with whole wheat toast and an egg white omelet on the side :) * I also throw some crumbled bacon in my homemade mac n cheese with peas, the kids love it and it gives it a great smoky flavor!

Neskya says …

Our family favorite is fresh greens beans with red onions and bacon. After you fry the bacon, chop it up and put to the side. Saute chopped red onion in the pan with a bit of the bacon fat. Toss in the green beans and put the lid in and cook until tender crisp.. Return the chopped bacon to the pan and toss with a few shakes of cider vinegar. My husband and son could eat this for dinner by itself. Same with home made creamed corn. Add some chopped bacon, green onions, a little cream and a dash of red pepper. Fantastic. Me too on the facebook comment.

Everett says …

I use bacon for everything in my cooking, i cook bacon , then use the crips bacon bit's in my garden saled, same for my cream soups , it just add a touch of flavor too everything.

amyc says …

I've eaten chocolate covered bacon, bacon sundaes, bacon cupcakes, bacon vodka- but I think its time people stop trying to over think the goodness of bacon. Its fine on its own people. Stop trying to make it a fancy gourmet food!

Jan says …

We are on a low carb diet, which restricts a lot of foods, but we must have our bacon.

Terro {ai;spm says …

I love bacon but hate the use of gestation and farrow crates. I'm always looking for humanely raised pork and beef. Thanks to the Whole Foods 265 brand I don't have to pass up bacon.

Chrissy says …

My favorite bacon dish is a BLT with fried green tomatoes instead of fresh ones. I first discovered this at my local Whole Foods store and have been hooked since. It is soooo yummy!!!

LSP says …

Too bad you require facebook for this. Yum, but.. meh.

Nan says …

let me just start by saying I'm vegan. But I love my husband dearly and he loves a good dose of what we call vitamin "P" (pork). With WF bacon, I can give him the very best bacon and the doggie loves licking the bacon fat out of the pan too! (the bacon dish gets a lot cleaner in the wishy if you let the puppy pre-treat it).

rob-berwyn says …

All of the suggestions are great Try crumbled bacon on Mac & Cheese, Bacon / BBQ sauce and your favorite burger, crumbled bacon and POP CORN, Bacon bits and sauteed scallops ! :)

Ann Tracy says …

I love to have BLT's in the summer, using homegrown tomatoes. Good bacon will make them better. Also, I use bacon in my Quiche Lorraine.

Jodi says …

I can't eat eggs so for breakfast I love toast with mashed avocado, summer tomatoes, and bacon.

Ricky says …

Bacon Bloody Mary's...bacon infused vodka, zing zang bloody mary mix, all the veggies and a crispy strip of bacon tucked into the drink. Breakfast of champions!

Rebecca says …

roasted red pepper salad - on your plate, alternate roasted red pepper and slices of fresh mozzarella cheese . . . drizzle with balsamic vinegar and top with quartered artichoke hearts, fresh basil and crumbled bacon!

Jeanne K says …

Just bacon! Lots of it.

Chris says …

Spaghetti Carbonara with crisp bacon bits, add some kale for nutrition and color !

Rachel says …

Bacon wrapped asparagus!

Dianna Moore says …

My mother and grandmother ate bacon nearly every day of their lives and instilled in us a love of bacon that is almost reverence. Picking out the perfect bacon at the store is the most important decision made on each shopping trip. We love all kinds of bacon from dry salt to cured and I cook with it almost daily so winning it would be awesome. Thanks.

MJ says …

I am not on facebook and don't intend to be - wish you'd provide another way to enter. Re bacon dishes - well, many things are better with bacon! Had some fabulous bacon brittle once, would be great mixed in some vanilla non-dairy "ice cream".

Julie says …

Bacon is good on anything but especially in the morning over toast topped with avocado and a fried egg! YUM!

michele says …

Bacon is fabulous. I like it best with an over-medium egg (runny yellow) and piece of toast with plum jelly.

Stephanie says …

I have 5 children and one very hungry husband. We all LOVE bacon. One son is so wild about bacon that he has bacon flavored air fresheners!!!

Elaine Eng says …

Bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches scream "it's summertime!" Notice bacon comes first because it is most important! Plus, the best way to eat bacon is with eggs. A bite of bacon with a bite of egg makes the egg taste so much better!

Michelle says …

What's the question? Why do I like bacon? Have you had any recently? Really!

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