Seemed like a no muss, no fuss opportunity to me, and often a lot cheaper than raw bacon.
Lately, I’ve noticed that most all of the pre-cook brands the slices are nearly translucent, and I like my bacon a little thicker.
Of course, there’s a certain joy of having that aroma waft through the house; it was one of the few ways I could motivate my ex to get out of bed. (At home anyway).
Applewood Farms is the in-house brand for bacon, sausages and ham at Aldi stores, a global chain of discount grocers. Aldi is part of the same German company that owns US lux foods retailer, Trader Joes.
This bacon was more than satisfactory. Thick enough, flavorful, nice smokey aroma. I cooked the whole package at once, I bake bacon (350 for about 12 minutes) on cookie sheets (some people cover their sheets with foil for quicker clean up). There’s no flipping, less shrinkage, and your slices stay perfectly flat.
So I was happy. I’ll buy it again, as long as it stays price competitive, and with Aldi, you never have to worry about that.
Aldi contracts with established manufacturers to make products to its own recipes and specifications. This bacon is produced in the Elkhart, Indiana plant (pictured below) of Plumrose USA, the American division of the European food company of the same name. Plumrose USA was sold in the past few weeks to the giant South American meat processor JBS.
They paid $230 million and picked up five plants and two distribution centers in the deal.
What did I do with my bacon? Why made a monster BLT of course!
Applewood Farms Bacon Review