Why the hell does the whole foods brand bacon (as well as some others... I don't bother checking the ones over $8) have evaporated cane juice?? And whole foods puts evaporated cane juice and every other toxic ingredient they can possibly find in their kitchen in almost everything at their hot bar. Why? Where do I find bacon? I don't like it enough to spend $12 a package.
If you don't like bacon all that much you probably don't want to make your own, but just in case you might want to anyway, it's easy. Just get a nice pork belly from a butcher, grind up a bunch salt, peppercorns, thyme, nutmeg, and juniper berries (that's the hardest part right there) and rub it all over the meat. Put it in a big plastic bag, or a covered non-reactive casserole (Pyrex, glass, ceramic, etc.) and stick it in your fridge for a week. Flip it every couple of days; it'll make a slight amount of brine, and you want that to get everywhere.
When you want some bacon, carve off some slices and fry 'em up. Without nitrates, the whole thing will stay good a couple of weeks, probably longer. If it'll take you longer than that to eat it all, carve it into chunks and freeze them. Use the chunks like salt pork in broths or anything else you like.
Here's what it looks like: https://www.facebook.com/media/set/fbx/?set=a.1081508560022.2012985.1295559171&l=7dd6ce15bf
Bacon is almost always cured with some form of sugar. It's part of the basic recipe that almost EVERYONE uses. Cane sugar is probably the least bad of the things they could be using. Additionally, as a cure, the sugar's main purpose is to draw the water out of the meat before it gets smoked. So I'm not sure how "sweetened" that makes the actual meat. If you are curing only with salt, it makes for a far "harder and drier" product.
Look again at the label. How much sugar is in one serving? Sucrose isn't that harmful in small amounts, certainly not in the <5g or so that's in the bacon, so go for it. Still, would be nice to have the option to buy it without.
I get mine at Super Walmart, they carry a brand named Plumrose that is No Sugar and Low Sodium.
I buy uncured pork sides (not technically bacon since it hasn't been cured) from Slankers (link)
Not only does it not have any sugar, it doesn't have any preservatives at all. And it's grassfed...and it's delicious. As of now, 11$ a lb.
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