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I've just had a wicked bacon, sausage and egg butty and the Wall's bacon I used made it even better than usual! I got mine in Spar and it cost £2.89 for 8 rashers, that's a bit more than I usually spend on bacon but it's such brill quality that I reckon it was worth every penny.
I had the unsmoked version today but you can also buy this bacon smoked and that is even yummier, the only reason I didn't buy the smoked today is because I don't think it goes as well with the sausage as the unsmoked variety.
The main thing I like about Wall's bacon is that the fat is only thin on each rasher, I like to eat the bacon fat as long as it's very crispy and this bacon is easy to get like that because it's not madly thick like a lot of the supermarket bacon.
The rashers are just the right thickness and the brill thing is that they hardly shrink at all while you're cooking the bacon. I've fried and grilled this bacon and it always cooks wicked, today I did it in the George Foreman and that kept the bacon perfectly flat. It never curls up much anyway but the plates on the GF made sure the rashers didn't bend at all even on the edges.
The taste of this bacon is yummy. It's proper meaty with a delish salty aftertaste, it goes soooooo good with ketchup and for unsmoked bacon it's got quite a strong taste and has got a proper porky flavour.
I love this bacon and even though it's expensive I'll still carry on buying it when I want a treat, I love most bacon actually but Wall's is proper good quality and the best bacon going I reckon.
I really do not like walls bacon. I would normally purchase another brand when i do the shopping but sadly the Tesco finest bacon was sold out last week and therefore i bought some of this, hoping i could trust such a well known brand to give me the good stuff. I was massively disappointed. As soon as i put it in my tefal pan, see an earlier review of mine, it seemed to shrivel and reduce in size by about half and by the time i had cooked it to the required level i was left with a fairly measly bit of bacon. Having paid a relatively large amount for this, about £3 for 8 slices, i felt my money had been poorly spent as not only did it shrivel it was not very tasty either. I would strongly advice not buying this product that is clearly mass produced and quality has gone out of the window.
Can things actually get much better I ask myself. It is freezing cold outside, blowing a gale and the rain is lashing down as I return from work, wet and bedraggled however as I drip through the front door the man whose children I may now actually decide to give birth to thrusts under my nose a lovely hot bacon sandwich made from freshly baked bread from Sainsbury and Walls unsmocked back bacon with a dollop of Daddies sauce on it. Pure heaven.
Bacon is one of those things that I rarely eat as it is not very healthy however this particular day has been a welcome exception and it was really tasty. In all te pack has eight strips of back bacon which is the cut I prefer as it has the least amount of fat on it and it is easy to trim away the thing bit on the bacon slice.
These particular slices are quite thin so they cook really quickly under the grill. The fact that they are unsmoked means that they do not have a strong salty taste instead you ca really taste the pork and they crisp up nicely which is how I like them.
These were on special offer in Sainsbury at £1.99 for two packs so we still have one in the freezer for another day.
Now if I said Wall's to you naturally sausages spring to mind, but hey lets leave them for another time and focus on what I had for my breakfast, bacon.
Yes Wall's do bacon also.
---A bit of history---
Wall's was established way back in 1786 by Richard Wall and yes they did sausages and bacon even back then from their market stall in St James Market in London and the business has continued to grow from there onwards and is still going strong today.
By 1834 the quality of Wall's was considered to be legendary and the company had to expand to meet the demand and by 1870 Walls opened their 1st factory. However, in 1994 Kerry Foods purchased Wall's sausage and bacon business and invested in new machinery in order to ensure that the business continued to grow. Even though Wall's was bought all the products still carry the Wall's name.
----Why did I buy Wall's bacon---
Well I fancied a bit of bacon for my breakfast and not having bought any on my last shopping trip I nipped round the corner to my local store which sell a bit of everything and this was the only bacon that they had in stock. Now as there was no choice I was obliged to purchase a pack of Wall's bacon, having first read the label to see that it was not smoked and the fact that it states on the package, less shrinkage, less white stuff and that the price was a reasonable £1.99 for eight rashers.
Now opening the packet I found that there was very little fat around the edge of each rasher and looked as though it had already been trimmed which is good as personally I detest the fat on bacon and always cut if off before I cook mine. The rashers are the same size as every other pack of back bacon you find on the super-market shelf but this will be more to do with the size of the pig it came from than anything else. Now having switched on my George Forman grill to pre-heat whist I opened the packet of bacon I was now ready for the shrinkage test. By using my George I can see exactly what comes out of my bacon in the drip tray.
Now off we go, OK now cooking your bacon we all know does not take long but does depend on whether you like it just cooked or crispy. I prefer something in the middle or just verging on crispy so plenty of opportunity for all the added water, white stuff, not sure exactly what this is and I really don't want to know as I may be put off bacon for life so I would rather remain ignorant. What is in my drip tray after 3 minutes, well not a lot very little watery stuff, no floating white bits and very little blobs of fat floating about, this is looking good. Come on lets face it we have all had bacon that has been pumped full of water and your rasher ends up drowning in the frying pan or the bottom of the grill is swimming. A couple more minutes then I will check the final result, my rashers nicely cooked and hopefully still roughly the same size as when I placed them on the grill.
---Did they shrink---
Well yes a little bit but not like other bacon I have had in the past where it ends up less than half the original uncooked size and all shrivelled up due to the high water content in the bacon. These are not shrivelled in any way but whether that is due to the fact that I cooked this on the George Forman or not I am not sure but I would think that even on a normal grill or in a frying pan these would keep their shape.
----The taste test---
Nice but not the best I have tasted, not too salty or bland and just right for a bacon sandwich with sauce but I would have preferred at bit more flavour to the bacon, maybe I am a little disappointed as the last time I bought bacon it was from a farm shop and straight from the pig and was delicious.
-----Would I buy this again---
Yes I would, my kids thought it was great due to the lack of fatty bits as they don't like bacon fat either but I should have bought two packets as there is now none left. Eight rashers don't last long in my house and cooking bacon is one sure fire way of getting my teenager daughter out of bed on a Sunday morning as she just can't resist a bit of bacon either.
So all in all a good buy, less shrinkage, less white stuff, there was none in my drip tray and a good taste, no wonder Wall's have called it Brilliant Bacon as it is not far off.
Ingredients: Pork (88%), Water, Salt, Dextrose, Flavour Enhancer: E640, Dried Glucose Syrup, Stabiliser: Diphosphates, Antioxidant: Sodium Ascorbate, Preservatives: Sodium Nitrate, Potassium Nitrate.