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Walls bacon is the very best bacon I personally find. I get a pack of Walls bacon (smoked) from Morrisons about once a week and it costs me £2.39 for around 8 rashers. I grill it (never fry) and it always comes up crisp. With a lot of back bacon it can be a bit fatty and gristly but I think you get what you pay for and Walls is the very best I think. There is a strong smell of the smoke as soon as you peel back the wrapper, before you've even started to cook it and you can see there's enough fat to make it nice and crispy but not too much so that its all fatty and horrible. I have also oven cooked this bacon and again it comes up nice and crisp. It's nice in crusty white bread with lots of brown sauce spread all over and / or with fried eggs (or two). It tastes really smokey and quite salty but this is the way I like it. I never buy bacon that hasn't been smoked and this is smoked to perfection for me. This is quality bacon in honest opinion and I love it when I can manage to find it on a special offer, though this isn't too often. Great stuff and very versatile.
So as we are house sitting at the moment we are having lots of naughty meals and one of the ones that is pretty much compulsory for us now, whilst here, is a cooked breakfast. I have been trying to still enjoy the things I like in life but without overindulging as much as I used to. This was the main reason for me purchasing this Walls Smoked Bacon as it has less fat and less shrinkage (according to the packet) than some other brands of bacon. Also, the price was just £2.00 in Tesco and we can get two breakfasts each out of this packet as it contains 8 rashers. The packaging is the standard bacon packaging with a peel back plastic lid which never seems to open properly for me and I always end up stabbing it with a knife in my haste to get the bacon out and start the cooking! I cooked this bacon in the oven on 200 degrees for around 25 minutes as this was the amount of time that my vegetarian sausages took (I am not actually a vegetarian before anyone leaves any comments!). In this time I found that the bacon crisped up very slightly around the edges and let off just a little bit of fat which wasn't white or disgusting as you get with some other bacon brands. I found that there was very minimal shrinkage of the bacon also which was pleasing as it was just as described on the packaging. The bacon looked to be of high quality and I was very pleased overall with how well it had cooked in the oven and the minimal fat that was around the edge of the rashers. The bacon itself looked a little bit dry upon patting off the little bit of liquid fat and my other half actually commented on this as well. He is the kind of person who would normally eat anything and hardly ever comments on food so I was intially concerned that he might not enjoy it as much as one of the normal brands that I buy. However, he thoroughly enjoyed the bacon and ate his rashers without so much as a complaint. I found that they were the perfect moistness and they weren't too fatty and horrible. The crispy edges gave a lovely taste to the bacon and it was just as nice as most of the other brands I have tried in the past. The bacon was easy to cut and the slices were a reasonable thickness without being so thick that they were like bacon steaks. I was very pleased with the quality of the bacon as well as the taste and it's fair to say that this bacon does live up to the claims on the packaging. There was no white residue on the bacon at all after cooking and just a minimal amount of fat which I was able to easily pat off the bacon by leaving it on a piece of kitchen towel for a moment or two before serving. I would be more than willing to buy this bacon again and it normally retails at £2.39 per packet which I think is perfectly reasonable for good quality bacon. Each serving (2 rashers) contains 105 calories, 0.1g carbohydrates (of which 0.1g sugars), 6.4g of fat (of which 2.6g saturates) & 3.3g of salt. Obviously this product is high in salt due to what it is but that's something that's not very easy to avoid if you actually like real bacon rather than a substitute vegetarian or turkey product. I would say that this is perfectly reasonable as part of your breakfast providing you have 1/4 of a packet (2 rashers) rather than 1/2 a packet (4 rashers) as we used to do in the past. I did feel a little thirsty in the afternoon after our cooked breakfast but then this is just because of the salt content of the products that we ate rather than anything being wrong with the quality of this bacon. I would be very happy to recommend this product to a friend and although I didn't fry my bacon I think it's fair to say that you will find less shrinkage and very minimal 'white stuff' in the pan when cooking this up as I usually find shrinkage when I cook mine in the oven anyway and some brands do give off a fair bit of white stuff which I find disgusting and difficult to clean off the trays if I have not left them to soak.
When you fancy a bacon butty you've got to get the right bacon, sometimes I'll use whatever my mum's got in the fridge but if I'm feeling flush I'll pop to the shop and get a packet of Walls smoked bacon because it's the best available. I do mine under the grill because I'm not mad keen on fried food and it always comes out wicked and I've never managed to burn it or serve a half raw bacon butty even though I'm not the best cook in the world! lol I like this bacon because the slices are quite thin and there's hardly any fat on them. You don't get none of that gungy white stuff that comes out of cheap bacon, what is that anyway??? Bleugh!!! The little bit of fat on the bacon goes nice and crispy and I leave it on because it cooks so nice, usually I take the fat off because on a lot of bacon it either goes like charcoal or stays stringy but with Walls it just cooks wicked. The bacon is smoked proper nice, it's perfect actually and the flavour goes wicked with brown or red sauce. I usually eat it in butties but sometimes I have it on a plate with bacon or I cut it up when it's cooked and put it in soup. It's the best bacon there is in my opinion and even though it's thin it tastes proper meaty and tastes loads better than any other bacon. It's easy to overcook so you have to be a bit careful but if you get it right then the bacon will be delish. It's quite expensive, my local shop charges £2.89 for 8 rashers and that's more than bacon from the supermarket but it's loads better and worth the extra cost I reckon.
I do love a nice bacon sandwich but am rather picky about what bacon I use, I do like a certain amount of fat on my rashers but not too much. I also like to be able to cremate the fat without the bacon burning, I don't like each rasher to be too thick but it has to be thick enough for me to be able to taste it on a sandwich. This is why I love Walls Smoked Back Bacon so much, it's specially created to have less shrinkage than other brands of bacon and the fat is a very thin strip which cooks beautifully without fail. I love the fact that the bacon rashers are very thin, they cook in my George Foreman griller in less than 8 minutes and the meat always retains its moisture without drying out like other thinly sliced bacon. The fat is delicious, adding an interesting texture to my sandwich which is not at all overpowering and is cooked so well that it crackles on my tongue as I'm eating it. The flavour of this bacon is nothing short of delicious. It's a very smoky taste which is wonderful on fresh bread with a dash of ketchup, this intense flavour makes up for the fact that the bacon is so thin as it completely infuses the bread with the smoked bacon taste and actually makes the rashers seem more substantial than they really are as the flavour is so strong. My kitchen retains the beautiful smell of freshly cooked bacon for some time afterwards and I often have to make my daughter and son in law a sandwich if they pop in while the aroma is still in the air. I can confirm that this Walls bacon doesn't shrink much, which is partly down to the short cooking time I think, and the rashers I took out of the George Foreman were pretty much the same size as when they first went in. When cooked they stay nicely pink, with an almost black edging of fat, and have not curled up at the edges at all. This bacon is rather expensive, a 262g pack (8 rashers) costs £2.39 in Sainsbury's which is roughly 40p dearer than their own brand thinly sliced smoked bacon. In my opinion this is money well spent though as the bacon keeps well in the fridge and is the absolute perfect texture and flavour for me, if I had to moan about anything it would be the fact that I cannot get into the pack without resorting to a pair of scissors even though it is supposedly easy-open. But then I find ALL bacon hard to open, not least because I have arthritis in my hands, but this is a real nuisance as cutting the sealed top means I have to then put all the left over bacon into a Tupperware container for storage instead of being able to simply smooth the top back over and place the wrapper back in the fridge. This is a minor problem however, the bacon itself is wonderful and for this reason I will carry on buying it. Also available in an Unsmoked variety, which I haven't tried myself but my granddaughter informs me it's very 'porky' - whether this is a good or bad thing I'm not too sure!
I always try to have at least 1 pack of bacon in the fridge as it's so versatile & the whole family (including the pets) love it. The last pack I bought was from our local Spar & cost £1.19 for 8 good-sized rashers - it's not the cheapest bacon around but I always think Wall's get the taste & texture just right without too much fat around the edges. We have bacon butties at weekends ( with ketchup or brown sauce) but I also use chopped bacon in pasta dishes or in quiches & omelettes to add a bit of extra protein & texture to the dishes. I also like to wrap our turkey in bacon rashers at Christmas to stop the bird from drying during it's long cooking time or for making bacon rolls to serve with Christmas dinner. The packaging is slightly different now from the picture shown - it has 'less shrinkage' written all over the right hand side. The pack itself has a thick polythene base & the lid is a thinner pull-back type - this style of packaging is always a bit fiddly I think but I usually tend to use the whole pack so don't have to store the remainder. The taste is lovely if you like strong-tasting slices but I did have a surprise when, half-way through grilling, when the ends started to curl up! I know that there is a high water content in bacon & it's full of artificial ingredients which help preserve the pork, but this curling meant that the edges were cooked sooner than the middle & burned. However, having removed the burnt bits, the taste was lovely - but what a shame! I think in future I'll try frying gently instead of grilling the rashers & see if the shape stays flat? I'm a bit reluctant to change brands as I've found cheaper makes to be full of fat , containing far too much water & those which fall apart when cooking. The best thing about Wall's is the fact you're not subject to all that 'white stuff' which exudes from many other bacon rashers - I hate to think what's in it?! The pack weighs 260g & has all the nutritional information & ingredients listed on the reverse plus directions for cooking & an address & website for comments/ queries. summary ~ - not the cheapest bacon on the market but, in my opinion, the tastiest. - not much 'white stuff' left on the grillpan during or after cooking. - very little shrinkage. - nice strong taste but may not be to everyone's liking? - pity about the curly edges though.....
Ingredients: Pork (88%), Water, Salt, Dextrose, Flavour Enhancer: E640, Dried Glucose Syrup, Stabiliser: Diphosphates, Antioxidant: Sodium Ascorbate, Preservatives: Sodium Nitrate, Potassium Nitrate.