“Naked Bacon” is All the Rage

January 4, 2018 11:42 AM
Northern Irish food manufacturer Finnebrogue unveiled it’s new product, Naked Bacon, but it's not the only "Naked Bacon" product on the market.

The glory of bacon, without nitrites? Yes, people are looking to make “healthier” bacon.  

A Northern Irish food manufacturer Finnebrogue unveiled it’s new product, Naked Bacon this past week. The product claims to be free of nitrites, preservatives, E numbers and allergens. Finnebrogue said it worked with a Spanish chemist to develop the new flavoring from natural Mediterranean fruit and spice extracts and apply it to British bacon for the first time.

A growing number of farmers and butchers have started to offer nitrite-free bacon in recent years, but Finnebrogue believes its product is the first to look and taste like traditional bacon and maintain a similar shelf life.

But it’s not the first “Naked Bacon” product on the market.

The Kreilich family in St. Genevienve, Mo., sells their family recipe, Naked Bacon product via their online marketplace and at many retail locations around the St. Louis area since 2013.

John Kreilich, founder and CEO, says their Naked Bacon is handcrafted in small batches with a dry cure rub. The product does not add water, uses a longer smoking process.

“Food is a passion for me.” Kreilich told the Ladue News. “The idea of being able to create something that people enjoy is very important to me. We’re giving people a choice as to the kind of bacon they can have, with different varieties, and a healthier version of bacon, as well.”



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Spell Check

Canton, ME
1/5/2018 07:19 AM

  Already plenty of nitrate-free varieties available here in the US: https://www.vermontsmokeandcure.com/products/bacon/

Tante Cindy
Hutchinson, MN
1/6/2018 05:45 PM

  keith, not to be difficult, but Vermont Smoke & Cure only claims no sodium nitrate. They use celery juice powder (yes, that is a thing in food technology). It is a natural source of nitrates that are converted to nitrites by use of a bacterial culture that mimics saliva. For those who must avoid nitrates and nitrites for medical reasons, this is still an issue. While products produced by companies such as Vermont S&C are not cured under the rules established by USDA, they are effectively cured meats on a practical/consumption level. Also, Vermont S&C have discontinued production of all their refrigerated products. So, no more bacon at all. Sorry.


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