Appleton Farms Sliced Bacon

Aldi does breakfast. Lots of it. CerealEggs. Sausage. Hash browns. Even pre-cooked foods. For a low-inventory grocer, Aldi keeps a pretty robust first meal selection, including, in some cases, multiple options. And this is all just the Regular Buy section: when you add in the occasional ALDI Find (Special Buy), the selection is even bigger than that.

Few things are more legendary in American breakfast lore than bacon. More than any other breakfast meat, bacon is sort of a cult in and of itself, bordering on obsession. To fully appreciate this, you don’t have to go much farther than Googling, say, bacon memes. On the other hand, health research has not been altogether kind toward bacon, so it’s probably a food best appreciated in moderation.

Aldi sells a few varieties of bacon as a Regular Buy, and occasionally adds even more as an ALDI Find (Special Buy). Nestled in the middle of the bacon options is this.

Appleton Farms Sliced Bacon

Appleton Farms Sliced Bacon, an Aldi Regular Buy, can be found in the refrigerated section of the grocer. It comes in a single 12-ounce package of vacuum-sealed plastic inside of a cardboard sleeve. (We purchased it as part of our Instacart test.) Prices vary, but in our experience this bacon is usually cheaper than what we can get at other stores.

Most people don’t need instructions for bacon, but this package actually comes with directions for pan frying, microwave, and oven. To pan fry, it recommends using low heat and turning frequently until it reaches “desired crispness,” followed by draining it on an absorbent paper towel. To microwave, it instructs consumers to place the bacon between paper towels on a microwave safe plate, then cook on high: 1 1/2 minutes for 2 slices, 2 1/2 to 3 minutes for 4 slices, or 3 1/2 to 4 minutes for 6 slices. Oven directions involve preheating the oven to 350 degrees, then using a flat baking dish and baking without turning for 10-15 minutes, draining afterward on an absorbent towel.

We almost always pan fry our bacon, which is a bit of an art because bacon can easily overcook. In a pinch, we’ll microwave, but we’ve never baked our bacon before.

Our experience with this Appleton Farms bacon has been consistently positive. It cooks easily, doesn’t shrink as much on the skillet as some bacon does, and has a light, crisp taste. The hardwood smoked flavor in this version is just right without being overbearing, at least in our view.

Nutritionally, of course, this is bacon, so be aware.

Appleton Farms Sliced Bacon

Nutrition. (Click to enlarge.)

The Verdict:

Appleton Farms Sliced Bacon is our go-to bacon for most occasions. It cooks up well, doesn’t shrink too much, and tastes awesome. Like pretty much all bacon, it’s a best-in-moderation food, but suffice to say we’re fans. Recommended.

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4 Comments

  1. “… but we’ve never baked our bacon before.” Joshua, you must try it in the oven! I was a fan of pan frying for the first 40 years of my life until a special guest took a metal cookie sheet from my own pantry and laid out the strips and tossed it in the oven. It melted and sizzled and came out flat and crispy with not a single flip or touch. Since then, I have never dragged out the big electric fry pan and stood there flipping the bacon as it splattered all over the place. The bacon also comes out perfect every time as you can turn the oven down to warm if it is getting ahead of the other items. This works especially well with the thick specialty bacon.

  2. I put mine on tin foil on a pan with side about 3/4 of an inch high in the oven and it does not splatter. This is very good bacon for the price I have paid much more for others and it tastes the same.

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