“ Brand: Asda / Type: Meat „
When we popped into Asda the other day I remembered we needed bacon and as soon as I started thinking about it I couldn't stop thinking about bacon and tomato butties! lol We was in a bit of a rush so I picked up the first bacon I saw and that was Asda's own brand smoked bacon.
You get 8 rashers for about £2.00 and the rashers are quite thick compared to Tesco bacon because they're paper thin sometimes for the same price!
I grilled the bacon and it cooked through good. There's a bit of a thick layer of fat on the bacon but that's ok because it goes lovely and crispy without burning and if you don't like fat at all it's dead easy to cut off because of it being in one piece and not running through the actual meat of the bacon. I don't mind a bit of fat so I left mine on! lol
The bacon has got a lovely meaty taste, it's got a wickedly high quality texture and actually feels like you're eating MEAT and not just processed crap like a lot of cheapo bacon is. The smokey flavour is quite strong but it doesn't taste madly fake, I LOVE smoked bacon and this is deffo one of the best I've had from one of the supermarket own brands.
I had my bacon on a butty with tomatoes and it was delish. Because of the bacon being a bit thicker than usual it gave the sandwich a proper nice meaty taste and texture and the tomato went brill with it. The fat had gone crispy and took on a yummy taste, the fat crackled a bit on my tongue and tasted sooooooo delish!!!
I deffo recommend this bacon, we usually get the Tesco version of the same bacon and this is shedloads better. It's nice and meaty with a wicked flavour that I can't get enough of..... I reckon I'll head off and do myself another butty right now!
We love Bacon Rolls and especially on a Sunday. Unfortunately i'm working most sundays in preperation for our New York holiday, but we had this on saturday when I had a rare holiday.
I think that Asda has the best range of Bacon. Other Supermarkets don't seem to have much choice. We like good Bacon and hate cheap stuff and Streaky. I always cut the fat off before I cook this, so it just leaves the medallion of bacon.
This costs £1.79 for the pack of 8 slices, or 3 packs for £5. You get this in the chiller section.
The pack is ok. It is a sturdy enough plastic with a thin plastic covering. At least you can see the bacon through the pack, and although most of the packs seem like good quality back Bacon, some are more fatty looking in the middle than others. There is a sticker on the back telling you about this, and a little one on the front.
This shrinks a little bit when it is cooked. Perhaps it wouldn't shrink if the fat rind was on, but i've never cooked this way so i'm not sure.
Once cooked this is lovely. It isn't that thick, just a good thickness that you would get from Bacon. We have 2 slices on a Roll, which fit side by side on the roll, and overlap a little in the middle.
The taste is a nice Smokey taste. A little Salty, but nice nonetheless.
Tasty bacon. Just add a Buttered Roll and a splodge of Sauce and you're done!
The product I am reviewing is ASDA Smoked Bacon, 250g with an average of 8 rashers per packet. I have just used it for a dinner ingredient!
I have used this product on many occasions and been very happy with it.
It comes in a firm moulded plastic container, and seal at the top with a softer cellophane. On the front there is a label in a red theme, informing me of the product's name. I am told it is from Holland. There is a multi buy sticker attached as well and that leads me on to price.
On Asda.com these currently retail at £1.97 and they are on a 3 for £5 multi buy offer. I find this very reasonable and as we have bought these on a regular basis I am confident that this is a fairly regular offer.
The packaging claims the product can be cooked in 4 minutes. It took more than this for me but I do like my bacon crispy!
I am always very pleased with the quality of this product. It has rind (not too much) and once crisped up this it has a very nice flavour. It is made from 87% pork. My packet has without fail always contained the eight rashers and I find this ample to pop in a carbonara for two. It is very flavoursome with that nice subtle salty tone you get from good bacon. There is a smoked flavour but this is not overpowering. I do freeze this product on occasion and it responds well to this. I cannot notice a difference in the end result between frozen and not.
SELL BY/USE BUY
I bought this product on7th July 2009 and it carries a use by of 24th July 2009, with the sell buy two days previous.
Definitely a product worth purchasing and with the long use buy it is a product you can keep in the fridge for a quick meal or a treat of bacon butties for breakfast!
After yet another visit to Asda yesterday, I'm starting to feel as though it's becoming my second home. I've been in Edinburgh for a month now, and though before moving here I'd probably been to Asda once in my life before, I have probably spent roughly 15 hours in the supermarket in the last five weeks. This is partly because Asda is the nearest large supermarket to where I now live, partly because there's a bus which goes directly there, and partly because I'm a student and they sell food for cheaper than most other shops. The main reason, however, is that their food is actually good, which is something that I was surprised yet delighted to discover.
Although I've still been buying a lot of brand-name foods (you'll never stop me buying Ben & Jerry's), I've also decided to try out a lot of Asda's Smart Price range, as the food in this range is ridiculously cheap, and at least looks as good as more expensive alternatives. Also, the review writer in me always comes out when I'm shopping, and so when I spot something for less than £1.25 (my average earnings per review), I think 'Wow, I'll actually make a profit on this!' and so I buy it. Of course, I haven't actually gotten around to reviewing half of the things that I've purchased in this mindset, though that doesn't mean that I'll never write them, nor that my purchases weren't bargains.
Anyway, Asda Smoked Bacon is one of those cheap purchases that I've actually decided to sit down and write about. Unfortunately, the picture above looks nothing like the packet of bacon that I have in my fridge, but bizarrely that's the only image that I could find on the internet, so there it is. The actual packaging is very minimalist: a clump of bacon slices wrapped tightly in thin plastic with 'Asda Smoked Bacon' written on it, but then part of the reason that this product is so cheap is down to it's lack of fancy packaging, so it's not a point to complain about. The pack itself contains roughly 12 slices of back bacon, which for the price of 99p, is very good. I had a look on the shelves and saw similar sized packs for over £2, so Asda's own variety definitely is good value.
So, as taste is one of the most important things about food, you'll hopefully be happy to know that this bacon tastes amazing. I'm a huge fan of smoked food, and this bacon has a deliciously smokey flavour, though the overall taste of the meat is not lost. The meat tastes just as good as more expensive varieties, and the smokiness even makes it superior in my tastes. If you're not a fan of smoked bacon then you can also get Asda unsmoked bacon for the same price, so there is something for all tastes.
I am generally very happy with the quality of this bacon, though I do still have to point out a couple of problems that I have had with it. Partly due to the way that the bacon is kept together, I find it very hard to separate the slices, and usually end up ripping off half a slice, and the other half is still left in the packet. This can be a bit annoying, but does have a benefit if, like me, you don't like the fat on bacon, as often only the fat is left behind in the packet, so you're free to cook only the meat without having to cut off the fat. If you like the fat, however, or like most normal people prefer to have whole rashers of bacon, then this is probably going to be something that annoys you. What I do is just pick out as much as I can and chuck it under the grill, thinking that at least this way, I don't have to cut it up at all before eating it. Another small problem is that the nutritional and other information is found on the back of the label, not the back of the packet, and I can't find out a way of reading it without removing all the bacon, so unfortunately I won't be able to tell you any nutritional information, though I'm assuming that it's comparable to other brands of bacon.
In conclusion, this bacon tastes great, is great value, and can even bring a profit to review writers like us. I can't give it 5 stars, however, due to the problems I've mentioned, but that still won't stop me recommending it to you, or from buying it again in the future.