The glory of bacon, without nitrites? Yes, people are looking to make “healthier” bacon.
A Northern Irish food manufacturer Finnebrogue unveiled it’s new product, Naked Bacon this past week. The product claims to be free of nitrites, preservatives, E numbers and allergens. Finnebrogue said it worked with a Spanish chemist to develop the new flavoring from natural Mediterranean fruit and spice extracts and apply it to British bacon for the first time.
A growing number of farmers and butchers have started to offer nitrite-free bacon in recent years, but Finnebrogue believes its product is the first to look and taste like traditional bacon and maintain a similar shelf life.
But it’s not the first “Naked Bacon” product on the market.
The Kreilich family in St. Genevienve, Mo., sells their family recipe, Naked Bacon product via their online marketplace and at many retail locations around the St. Louis area since 2013.
John Kreilich, founder and CEO, says their Naked Bacon is handcrafted in small batches with a dry cure rub. The product does not add water, uses a longer smoking process.
“Food is a passion for me.” Kreilich told the Ladue News. “The idea of being able to create something that people enjoy is very important to me. We’re giving people a choice as to the kind of bacon they can have, with different varieties, and a healthier version of bacon, as well.”