Appleton Farms Sliced Bacon

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EDITOR’S NOTE: Since we first wrote this piece, some commenters have expressed a less-than-satisfied experience with Aldi bacon. They’re not alone — we’ve had some batches of Aldi bacon since this piece that have been fatty and hard to peel. We have plans down the road to revisit this product, but for now it’s enough to say that we’d love to hear your experience in the comments. And, of course, if you don’t like Aldi bacon, Aldi will refund the price and replace the product if you ask.

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.

About Joshua

Joshua is the Editor-in-Chief of Aldi Reviewer. He is also a writer and novelist. You can learn more about him at www.joshuaajohnston.com.

31 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.

  3. This bacon sucks. Turns slimy after package opened one day

    • Mine hasn’t, but if yours did, remember that you can refund (and replace) it under Aldi’s Twice as Nice policy if you want to.

    • Same with the ham. Think this is one of those imported from China like Smithyfield. Walmart has the regular American brands and they are good and not expensive.

  4. i just opened a package of this and was sorely disappointed.
    i got one strip of half inch thick meat, and the rest was shredded pork.
    lovely breakfast ruined already.
    i wont be buying this brand again.

    • I’ve never had that problem before, but that would certainly be disappointing. Take it back to Aldi. They can refund and replace it under their Twice as Nice policy.

    • same here they went to the effort to put one good piece in front of the pack then after that is total pork scrap

  5. I just had the best bacon I have ever had. It was the lower sodium and I am truly surprise the flavor is awesome! Thank you for a low sodium product that is so good 👍.

  6. No meat in my Appleton Farms bacon, just a lump of fat. Gross.

  7. Nancy Montgomery

    I will never buy this bacon again. I barely got 3 ounces of bacon, but had 13 ounces of fat…in one big clump. I needed a cup of crumbled bacon for a recipe and this 16 ounce gave me a little over 1/2 cup.

  8. The Appleton bacon premium was a big joke the had alot of fat tucked under on one side onky meat was the sliver showing on the top. Although this is not a aldi problem it’s Appleton farms trying to rip people off.

    • Bacon is tough and hard to chew up. We tried pan frying instead of microwave and got same tough hard to chew/ teeth breaking bacon!

  9. THIS BACON IS A JOKE A BALL OF FAT YOU HAVE TO TRY TO PICK THRU ALL OF THE CLUMP OF MESS NO SINGLE STRIPS OF BACON ONLY A BALL..YALL NEED TO BE ASHAMED OF YOUR COMPANY FOR CALLING THIS BALL OF FAT BACON SHAME ON APPLETON FARMS

  10. I use this bacon because it is the only one I could find without added sugar (yes I know there could be up to 2% but it is better than most). Anyway, I have been buying it for about 6 months. Each package gets worse the longer I buy it. The slices are so paper thin that you can barely get them separated. Once you do you end up with a stringy, fatty mess. Yes, there seems to be more fat than normal lately too. The shrinkage is not minimal like you say. I wish I could find bacon without all the extra ingredients that make it more unhealthy. I cook it on a rack in the oven with a cookie sheet underneath. It is the only way to go. Less mess is good!

  11. Wendy L Wakenight

    Bought the turkey Appleton farms turkey and was all prepared for BLT sandwiches and open the bacon and it was so slimy it grossed me out. Still has 2 weeks left before expires. Very disappointed

  12. For many years I have been purchasing the Appleton bacon from Aldi and have been buying 4-6 pound pkg at a time so I don’t have to drive every week. Bought the yellow and green botton carton and although it does not say THICK and it certainly is thick sliced. I always bought the cream color and burgundy carton but not available anymore. Why didn’t pkg say THICK. Can’t take it back but what happened. Doesn’t say thick slice. Not a fan of this carton.

  13. First of all this was supposed to be “thick” which it wasn’t. Then as I was seperating the slices there was black or very dark specs on the bacon. I thought at first it might be pepper. But then some of the specs were quite a bit larger so I don’t have a clue what it was. Very disapointed about that. I picked out all I could. I continued to cook it up an picked out all the specks I saw. We ate it and thought it had good flavor.

  14. Worst bacon I’ve had in years. Several slices of PURE fat hidden behind a few slices of real bacon. Aldo, you can do better than that.

  15. Agree. Something has changed. We have been eating aldi bacon for years, a d something has changed recently. We noticed this morning, absolutely no flavor. Completely agree with you on too thin, too thick at times too! It’s a hit or miss. We said a few more weeks we will try again, but if no change we will have to find a new bacon.

  16. I have been buying this bacon for quite some time now and it keeps getting thinner and thinner. Today my husband was trying to get the bacon slices apart to cook it and he said you can read the newspaper through it they are so thin! A pound is a pound whether it is cut regular or thin so why so thin Appleton????? Please stop this as I really like your bacon but it this continues I will be forced to purchase a different brand in the future. Your thinly sliced pieces fall apart before you can get them in the pan or the convection oven which is what we use.

  17. I just purchased the Appleton Farms Gourmet thick sliced cherrywood smoked bacon. We haven’t cooked it yet but the slices are nice and thick. 24 oz for $6.99. I pay 9.99 for the Smithfield cherrywood smoked for the same amount. Looking at both packages, very similar! I’m excited to try it. I can only find cherrywood smoked at one local grocery store so was surprised to see this at Adli’s.

  18. Bacon is bacon and actually I buy whatever is the best value. If it is too salty I use a squared rack on a cookie sheet and put it in a cold oven and turn it up to about 450 degrees. It takes a lot of salt away with the drippings into the pan. I am not and never been a fan of salty bacon btw.

    Also, I cook bacon different ways for different thicknesses. Bacon that seems to be cut horribly or it tears in pieces? Well, I take a scissors and make about 1 inch pieces, add some onion and mushrooms and throw some scrambled eggs in and call it a mess, but a delicious one at that.

    People “think” the bacon is bad…Just get creative with it and you might feel a bit better knowing it actually was a good purchase.

  19. I have been a loyal Aldi customer for 4 years, purchasing 3-4 times a week. My favorite item was Appleton Farms maple flavored bacon. When it was in a multifavored box, it was hard to find. It was so popular, you had to get there at the right moment, before it was fished out of every box. But, when it was boxed as a single flavor, they had obviously changed the formula. Not only did it loose its flavor after cooked, it is much more difficult to cook without burning, and its shelf-life is greatly diminished. I’ve given up on it. This new formula is not worth buying. PLEASE RETURN MY FAVORITE BACON TO ITS ORIGINAL FORMULA.

  20. The worst bacon. Packaging is deceiving. Looks good before you take it out and realize it’s all fat. The price is cheaper but it makes sense because it’s half of what you should be getting. Shrinks up into very small pieces.

  21. The blue labeled thick sliced bacon from Appleton farms simply isn’t thick sliced. It is paper thin, so you could see through it. Shrank badly, am very dissatisfied.

  22. I just cooked up some appleton bacon from Aldis this morning. It was 90 percent fat and 10 percent bacon. Absolutely, the worst bacon I’ve ever had! Wish I could add a picture for your viewing pleasure.

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