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MetroplexJim

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The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Sun, 09/1/13 10:33 AM (permalink)
Since I am the only one that eats it - together with preparation being a greasy mess just to serve me 3 or 4 strips - we rarely keep bacon in the fridge.  For some reason I got up this morning in the mood for bacon so I went over to Tom Thumb (Safeway) to pick up a tomato (BLT for lunch ) and some bacon.
 
I got the nicest tomato I could find even though the $7/# was more than somewhat offensive.  On my way to the bacon I mused that "Wow, %$!@ - in tomatos are more than the bacon". 
 
WRONG!!!
 
Even run-of the-mill bacon was $8.99/ 12 oz. - almost $12/#!!! 
The thick cut, nitrite-free, applewood smoked stuff I usually buy was "on sale" @ $15+/#!!!
 
Yet, the United States Government tells me that inflation is 1%!  That obvious falsehood leads me to think of one of my favorite sayings: 
 
"It's bad enough that you're pi$$ing on my shoes; just don't try and tell me that it's raining".
 
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What's this precious delicacy going for in your 'hood?
 
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    love2bake

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    Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Sun, 09/1/13 10:44 AM (permalink)
    Wasn't a bacon/pork shortage predicted last year because there'd been a drought that caused lower amounts of feed to be available?  These things can take a while to affect the market, but I remember stocking up on my favorite bacon and freezing it, so haven't noticed any changes.  Still, grrrrrr at those prices!!!
     
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      chefbuba

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      Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Sun, 09/1/13 12:24 PM (permalink)
      I'm paying $65 for a 15lb box, two years ago it was $40, this is just "average" bacon.
      My local market has "decent" bacon for about $7lb
       
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        mayor al

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        Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Sun, 09/1/13 1:01 PM (permalink)
        Yeah, Supermarket Bacon has skyrocketed in price.... good marketing on their part. They have created a huge demand by featuring Bacon as "The Universal flavor enhancer"...for everything from pastry to burgers to salads.  You can't turn on a food-related program these days without seeing Bacon either featured or sponsoring the show.
        We are still using the homemade verion from our hog hunting adventures, But will add some Costco Bacon on our next ride to the store...The price there seems to be holding.
         
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          felix4067

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          Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Sun, 09/1/13 3:20 PM (permalink)
          Huh...I just bought Oscar Mayer bacon for $4.19 per pound, not on sale. When it does go on sale, the national brands tend to run 2/$7.99. I keep hearing people talk about how expensive bacon is, and I just don't see it here. I wonder what it is about where I live that makes bacon so cheap?
           
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            FriedClamFanatic

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            Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Sun, 09/1/13 3:29 PM (permalink)
            A little over a year ago, I could buy a really good store-brand thick bacon on sale..2/$5.00. Today, the sale price is at least $3.50/lb.....but I'm not paying anywhere near the $12-15 /lb mentioned, even from my local "artisan-type" butchers.  More in the $9 range
             
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              chefbuba

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              Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Sun, 09/1/13 4:40 PM (permalink)
              Just starting last months books, last week at Costco I paid $16.98 for their 4lb bacon. In June it was $15.89
              A year ago I remember it being $11-12.00
               
               
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                CajunKing

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                Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Sun, 09/1/13 6:18 PM (permalink)
                Just bought some thick cut, name brand bacon last night was $6.98/lb
                 
                local butcher shop with thick cut, hickory smoked was $7.99 / lb
                 
                Sorry Jim, I could send you some
                 
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                  MetroplexJim

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                  Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Sun, 09/1/13 6:57 PM (permalink)
                  Part of my problem was Tom Thumb (Safeway).  As I was aghast at all the bacon prices I took some mental notes on a brand that is sold everywhere:  Hormel's Black Label
                   
                  Tom Thumb was asking $8.99 for 12 oz., $12./lb.  This afternoon we went to Wal-Mart and the Wallyworld price for the same damn thing in a 1# package was $5.99!  Wal-Mart had "the good stuff" for $8.99/#, well below the $15 Tom Thumb was asking, but it was still friggin' pork belly for a USDA Choice Rib-Eye @ Costco price!
                   
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                    ScreamingChicken

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                    Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Sun, 09/1/13 7:04 PM (permalink)
                    Jim, if Burgers' Smokehouse pork jowl is available in your area see if it compares favorably price-wise.  It cooks up a little different than bacon, has great fat, and IMO is a better product.
                    <message edited by ScreamingChicken on Sun, 09/1/13 9:53 PM>
                     
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                      MetroplexJim

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                      Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Sun, 09/1/13 7:32 PM (permalink)
                      ScreamingChicken


                      Jim, if Burger's Smokehouse pork jowl is available in your area see if it compares favorably price-wise.  It cooks up a little different than bacon, has great fat, and IMO is a better product.

                       
                      After seeing this raved about endlessly by Anthony Bourdain and now recommended by you I am tempted; in fact, I must try it.  But, Mrs. Metro and I only cook for ourselves and she, for "cultural reasons", "doesn't do pork".  That's cool; I don't do anything ovine.
                       
                      A few days ago we went to Tim Love's ( http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Tim_Love ) new place in Fort Worth and I noticed both pork cheek/jowl and lamb on the menu.  I had the pork ribs and she had brisket.  Next time back maybe we'll have the "West 'meats' Araby" meal! 
                       
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                        ScreamingChicken

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                        Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Sun, 09/1/13 9:50 PM (permalink)
                        This is what you're looking for:

                         
                        Earlier this summer I used some "face bacon" for some cheeseburgers and this is what it looked like after it came off the grill.

                         
                        You will thank me.  Your cardiologist will threaten my life.
                         
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                          MetroplexJim

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                          Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Mon, 09/2/13 9:30 AM (permalink)
                          My goodness, that looks scrumptous to the third power!
                           
                          In your picture it can be clearly seen that about which Anthony Bourdain raves! 
                          <message edited by MetroplexJim on Mon, 09/2/13 9:31 AM>
                           
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                            Earl of Sandwich

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                            Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Mon, 09/2/13 9:47 AM (permalink)
                            I love Burgers Smokehouse Bacon Steaks.  Almost 1/4" thick and really good.  Costs about $ 7 - $8/lb .  I'd love to visit their place in MO sometime
                             
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                              NYPIzzaNut

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                              Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Mon, 09/2/13 9:57 AM (permalink)
                              We get jowl bacon at Save-A-Lot Supermarket sometimes - it is reasonable and delicious but it will kill you if not used in moderation.
                               
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                                bartl

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                                Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Mon, 09/2/13 10:19 AM (permalink)
                                I use bacon as a condiment. As such, I think more about the cost per use rather than cost per pound. And, as I use so little of it, I buy the *gasp!* pre-cooked bacon. One local supermarket has it at $2.50-$3.00 for a sufficient amount that it reaches the expiration date before I can finish it (about 15 slices).
                                 
                                Bart
                                 
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                                  pnwchef

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                                  Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Mon, 09/2/13 11:39 AM (permalink)
                                   Bacon, the all American taste bud satisfier. What more can you ask for, salty, smokey, fatty flavor...............that being said..........We bought some the other day, Hormel 1lb pack, $5.11...............Bar S 1lb pack, $4.59.....I'm looking forward to curing and smoking some of our finished pigs in a month......................We have renamed the BLT in my home, we now call it the Chewingthefat sandwich, in honor of the biggest fan of bacon, our friend Tom..............my the pig be with him..........pnwc
                                   
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                                    FriedClamFanatic

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                                    Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Mon, 09/2/13 1:19 PM (permalink)
                                    ScreamingChicken


                                    This is what you're looking for:


                                    Earlier this summer I used some "face bacon" for some cheeseburgers and this is what it looked like after it came off the grill.


                                    You will thank me.  Your cardiologist will threaten my life.

                                    Let me add my 0.0002 cents worth (reverse inflation).  I love this stuff!  I like Burgers Smkehouse bacon in general, but after I tried their jowl, it's what I use 80% of the time!  Hard for me to find any jowl locally.
                                     
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                                      pnwchef

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                                      Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Mon, 09/2/13 2:54 PM (permalink)
                                      FriedClamFanatic


                                      ScreamingChicken


                                      This is what you're looking for:


                                      Earlier this summer I used some "face bacon" for some cheeseburgers and this is what it looked like after it came off the grill.


                                      You will thank me.  Your cardiologist will threaten my life.

                                      Let me add my 0.0002 cents worth (reverse inflation).  I love this stuff!  I like Burgers Smkehouse bacon in general, but after I tried their jowl, it's what I use 80% of the time!  Hard for me to find any jowl locally.

                                      FCF, most always we give the head away, this time we are saving it and processing the jowl....have you smoked the jowl in the past ??? and if so any hints on doing it.......we should have the pigs at about 350lbs by the time of processing, they are eating fresh corn like crazy as we speak. I should be able to feed them from my corn field for another couple of weeks......Bill
                                       
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                                        MetroplexJim

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                                        Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Mon, 09/2/13 6:52 PM (permalink)
                                        love2bake


                                        Wasn't a bacon/pork shortage predicted last year because there'd been a drought that caused lower amounts of feed to be available? 


                                        As an economist I have to observe that using up to 40% (according to the New York Times) of our feed grain to produce ethanol for fuel may have a larger effect than the occasional drought. 
                                         
                                        In addition, fertilizer runoff has created a Connecticut-sized (and growing) permanent "dead zone" in the Gulf - an ongoing adverse environmental impact many times greater than the BP spill.  Isn't there a shrimp shortage going on right now?  Hmmmm....
                                         
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                                          Root-Beer Man

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                                          Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Mon, 09/2/13 7:23 PM (permalink)
                                          Well, there is a bit of shrimp shortage going on now, but the causes are varied. The imported shrimp market is being hampered by disease in a number of countries that farm shrimp, so they're taking a hit. Here in the Gulf there's a shortage of shrimpers due to Katrina and the BP oil spill having put lots of folks out of business. They're not recovered and likely won't be for years to come. The dead zone certainly plays a part near the mouth of the Mississippi, but farther away it's other factors that are hurting the shrimp industry.
                                           
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                                            FriedClamFanatic

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                                            Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Mon, 09/2/13 8:00 PM (permalink)
                                            pnwchef


                                            FriedClamFanatic


                                            ScreamingChicken


                                            This is what you're looking for:


                                            Earlier this summer I used some "face bacon" for some cheeseburgers and this is what it looked like after it came off the grill.


                                            You will thank me.  Your cardiologist will threaten my life.

                                            Let me add my 0.0002 cents worth (reverse inflation).  I love this stuff!  I like Burgers Smkehouse bacon in general, but after I tried their jowl, it's what I use 80% of the time!  Hard for me to find any jowl locally.

                                            FCF, most always we give the head away, this time we are saving it and processing the jowl....have you smoked the jowl in the past ??? and if so any hints on doing it.......we should have the pigs at about 350lbs by the time of processing, they are eating fresh corn like crazy as we speak. I should be able to feed them from my corn field for another couple of weeks......Bill


                                            I have never smoked it myself, but I'm told using the same process as bacon gives it a rich flavor.  Since it is so hard to find, I usully just get it from Burgers smokehouse already done.
                                             
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                                              pnwchef

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                                              Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Tue, 09/3/13 12:07 PM (permalink)
                                              I started my diet, I had my wife pick up some of that diet meat..........I started my day with a good diet breakfast. Cantaloupe chunks, dry toast, smoked meat strips, lettuce and tomato salad w/ a mayo based dressing. My wife said, that looks like a BLT, I told her, don't get technical.........GGEEEZZZZZ
                                               

                                               
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                                                mayor al

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                                                Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Tue, 09/3/13 1:57 PM (permalink)
                                                Made a Costco run this morning. Bought a 4 pack of one lb pkgs of Kirtland Applewood Smoked- normal thickness Bacon for $11.99 or $3.00 a lb.
                                                 
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                                                  ann peeples

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                                                  Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Tue, 09/3/13 8:13 PM (permalink)
                                                  Al-was that the bacon Bob and I bought there with you?  Whatever brand it was, it was very, very good.
                                                   
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                                                    kathy_in_wlsv

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                                                    Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Wed, 09/4/13 10:11 PM (permalink)
                                                    ahhh yes..Bacon... the candy of meat.
                                                     
                                                    I buy it very rarely. I used 4 strips when I make baked beans. 1 to crumble in the beans and 3 for the family to eat. I fried bacon and eggs for dinner the other night with the remaining 12 strips. 4 strips per person. I probably won't buy another package of bacon til Halloween.
                                                     
                                                    it's wonderful but we just don't east it that often.  OTOH... I ONLY buy real butter.. so it ccan't be that I have an aversion to fat...
                                                     
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                                                      MetroplexJim

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                                                      Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Thu, 09/5/13 10:16 AM (permalink)
                                                      We use only real butter as well. 
                                                       
                                                      At 65, one source of amusement is the constantly changing "medical advice" of what's "good" or "bad" for you.
                                                       
                                                      Now SALT - after all these years of 'low sodium' hysteria - turns out not to be harmful!  And, it turns out that some forms of oleo/margarine are far more harmful than butter.
                                                       
                                                      Gluttony is the killer, not good-tasting food.  And that simple fact has been known for millennia.
                                                       
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                                                        love2bake

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                                                        Re:The price of %*#@ -in BACON! Thu, 09/5/13 11:20 AM (permalink)
                                                        FYI, at Safeway yesterday, name brands ran $6.49/lb, and Safeway's brand was $5/lb.  I order from Benton and don't care what it costs.
                                                         
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