“ Brand: Weight Watchers / Type: Meat „
On my never-ending quest to loose weight, I have tried WeightWatchers Extra Trimmed Unsmoked Back Bacon. Although I don't follow the WeightWatchers plan, I do follow a low calorie and low fat plan - and so WeightWatchers products usually would fit into this plan and so I do use them from time to time. A pack of the bacon cost me £1.89 from Morrisons which didn't seem like a bad price at all and so I was more than willing to buy the bacon at this price.
The bacon comes in a sealed package as most bacon, but the package cannot be resealed once open and so I found that I needed to wrap the packet in cling film in order to keep the bacon fresh. The bacon is basically the part of the bacon cut which has no visible fat on it and so while the pieces are fairly small, I actually didn't mind this if it actually meant I could eat them without guilt. There was no visible fat at all and so I did have some initial concerns that the bacon could be fairly dry and non-juicy.
Cooking the bacon is standard, but in order to keep the fat content to a minimum you are supposed to grill the bacon. However, I am not a fan of grilled bacon anyway, but where there is no fat on this bacon I found that grilling the bacon rendered the bacon tasteless. Therefore I did decide to try frying the bacon with a little oil - and this was far better and made the bacon quite tasty. However, I do like crispy bacon and I wasn't really able to make the bacon crispy no matter how long I fried it or how hot the oil was.
The bacon was tasty - but it was not as tasty as a ordinary rasher of bacon. It's not something I would be salivating at the mouth for!
As a member of weightwatchers I have come to believe that you can eat the foods you enjoy and still lose weight, there is however one catch - you have to pay the price through your purse or wallet.
I had seen these when they were first introduced and thought they looked very lean, and I love bacon, so I went to my supermarket shopping and had them on my list. I found them and was just about to nab a pack when I noticed the price - £2.50 for 8 medalions of bacon, which franly I think is ridiculous, you get bacon a lot cheaper than that and just cut off the fat. I left them that day and brought a cheaper pack of bacon and did just that - cut off any visiable fat.
A while later they went on a special offer at around £1 per pack, this seemed much more reasonable so I brought a pack to try.
Having tried them, I can now understand the higher price tag. They are very lean and produce very little fat on the grill, yet still have a very nice bacon flavour.
Don't get me wrong, the price is still a little steep to be seen on my weekly shopping list, but I do buy them here and there or when they are on offer. They are superior quality to other bacon I have had and they taste is similar to gammon.
Each rasor works out at 0.5 points each, so you can have a bacon sandwich for lunch or bacon and eggs for breaky and not feel that terrible sense on guilt or worry about having enough points for the rest of the day.
I didn't buy this because I'm doing Weight Watchers, I'm trying to cut down on the fat in my diet and this bacon was on special offer in Morrisons so I brought a pack to see if I could still have a cracking bacon butty but without all the fat.
You get 8 bacon medallions, that means the bacon hasn't got the fatty tail end on it and most of the fat is also trimmed off the side of the bacon.
I did mine in the George Foreman but you can grill or fry it as well, kinda defeats the object frying Weight Watchers bacon though! lol The bacon rashers aren't majorly thin but they cook quick so be careful you don't walk away from them and let them burn. I reckon they take about 5 mins on each side and that's all so don't think you've got to cook them as long as normal rashers of bacon.
I had my bacon on a butty with some tinned chopped tomatoes and it was delish. The bacon has got quite a strong smoked flavour but it's not overpowering or anything, I love the tiny bit of fat that's been left on the bacon because that makes it feel like proper bacon and not just hot ham. The bacon cooks nice, it stays tender and a bit chewy but has also got a proper meaty taste and texture.
It tastes exactly the same as other bacon in my butty and I reckon it would go just as good on a fry up. There's one bad thing and that's that the bacon is a bit dry after it's been cooked so you deffo need to have it with tomatoes or if you're having it with a fry up make sure your egg is sunny side up so you can dunk the bacon into a soft yolk.
I think this bacon is very nice, the only thing is that it's majorly expensive. 8 rashers is usually over £2.00 and this isn't very good value because you aren't getting full rashers just medallions, I can't remember what the offer price was in Morrisons but I know it worked out cheaper than all the other bacons in there. When the price goes back up I won't carry on buying it though just because it's overpriced.
Recommended..... when it's on offer!!!
** Ingredients **
Pork 90%, Water, Salt, Preservative: E250, Glucose Syrup, Dextrose, Stabilizer: E450, Sugar, Seasoning, Antioxidant: E301, Flavourings
** Nutritional information**
Available Carbohydrate 0.2
Of Which Sugars 0.2
Of which Saturates 0.4
For people on the weight watchers diet: 1 rasher is 0.5 points
** Cost **
I pay £2.48 from Asda but prices vary. This is for 8 rashers.
** Packaging **
The bacon comes in a simple white plastic packaging with the information on the packaging.
** My opinion **
I am always on a diet, and i am very fond of my grilled breakfasts and bacon sandwiches. Usually i go for unsmoked bacon but my partner persuaded me to try this smocked version and i actually found it very tasty.
The bacon is completley trimmed of any fat, i cook it on my foreman grill and get every single little bit of fat out of it, and there isnt much at all.
The bacon is quite small and thin per rasher but its plenty having 2 slices in a bacon sarnie and if you are on the weight watchers diet it is just fine for the amount of points in it.
The only thing i dont like about it is the price but bacon is quite expensive anyway unless you buy the really cheap shop brands.
All in all a very nice product and very tasty for dieters.
I do like a nice bacon sandwich and always manage to work one into my daily Weight Watchers points allowance whenever I fancy one, I'm only allowed 21 points a day though so the 8 1/2 points in a 'normal' bacon sandwich means it either has to be relegated to an occasional treat or else I have few points remaining for the rest of the days meals and drinks.
In Morrisons last week I noticed Weight Watchers have introduced their own packets of bacon which contain an incredibly low points value of 1/2 per slice, compared to 1 1/2 points in a regular trimmed piece of bacon. I was ecstatic, the bacon doesn't look much thinner than the Tesco own brand bacon I buy and although there appeared to be only five rashers in the packet I felt the price of £1.99 to be reasonable enough to justify me putting them in the trolley.
I couldn't wait so decided upon a bacon sandwich when I got home and quickly reckoned the points value of the entire sandwich up to be only 5, saving me 3 1/2 points on my usual bacon sandwiches.
My elation soon turned to disappointment and a feeling of being ripped off when I removed the short card sleeve which has been wrapped around the plastic container. You see, this revealed that I hadn't bought five large pieces of bacon but ten small medallions with every last thread of fat removed. I know this is a good thing but really a bacon sandwich without any fat at all is merely a warm ham sandwich in my eyes.
Being as I'd bought them I had to use them and ended up putting six of the small medallions onto the George Foreman, meaning my presumed low point bacon sandwich had now considerably risen in terms of both calorie and fat content.
The smell was wonderful as the bacon was cooking though and I began to think the product would redeem itself, after all there are still fewer points in this than ordinary bacon so I was making a saving and also having slightly more bacon on my sandwich overall.
It took around 8 minutes to cook the bacon as thoroughly as I wanted it to and the fact there is no fat on the made it a little awkward to judge the cooking time, as a rule when the fat is almost black then bacon is cooked but there was no such built in timer with this bacon so I had to rely on the pink bacon becoming gradually pinker in order to work out when it was done! The bacon doesn't shrink down much, which is very good news as if these medallions shrunk any more they'd be invisible to the naked eye. Perhaps an over exaggeration but I had so been looking forward to eating the bacon I had originally thought was in the sneaky packaging that these seemed tiny in comparison.
The bacon was very tasty, there's no denying that. It's meaty tasting with a rich smoked flavouring, although the bacon is quite thinly sliced the excellent smoky flavour makes each slice seem much more substantial than it actually is. It hasn't gone hard as I was worried it would because of the thinness, although it has gone a little more rigid than I would expect from a bacon which still has some fat attached to it. I did miss the lack of fat I'll be honest, don't you find it's the fat which really makes a bacon sarnie so wonderfully tasty? Good bacon with a thin line of fat is enough, I don't like those cheaper cuts where 50% of each slice is made up of fat but this Weight Watchers bacon confirmed my original suspicions that it would be like eating a warm ham sandwich. This tasted like bacon purely because it was so well smoked, I'd imagine the unsmoked bacon would be rather tasteless.
I ate mine on white bread with a generous dollop of tomato ketchup and really enjoyed my sandwich, although even while I was eating I still couldn't get over the cheek of Weight Watchers making the slices look so much bigger in the packaging. The only reason these slices manage to be so low in points is because they have been de-fatted to within an inch of their lives and they are tiny! I used all six medallions on my sandwich and there wasn't as much overlap as you would have thought, I usually have three rashers of bacon and lay them out with two side by side and the other overlapping them both in the centre of the bread. I laid out the bacon medallions in the same way and it was immediately obvious to me that not only was the bacon thinner but there was visibly less meat on my sandwich.
Available in Morrisons and Asda, the price of this bacon varies between £1.99 and £2.49. I suppose if you like bacon and are seriously trying to cut your fat intake then these would be a useful addition to your fridge, but I'm going to go back to good old bacon with fat thanks!
Brighten up your breakfast times with These meaty bacon medallions are made from extra trimmed cured loin of pork and, as they have a POINTS value of ½ per rasher, can now be an essential part of your weekend fry up. Just grill or fry them with some low fat spray.