By Mike Thayer
Bacon has been an American breakfast staple since Oscar Meyer introduced pre-packaged, pre-sliced bacon to the country in 1924. But it's not just for breakfast anymore.... Everything's better with bacon! The crispy, smoky, savory goodness of bacon is irresistable and makes just about whatever you're having for breakfast, lunch or dinner that much better.
As a bacon lover, I've always got a package of the stuff on hand. Opening up a 12 ounce package of Great Value bacon purchased at Walmart recently, I said to myself, "Self, I should do a review of bacon, find out who makes the best bacon at the most reasonable price." You can read the Great Value bacon review here, today, I'm reviewing Appleton Farms Premium Sliced Bacon from Aldi.
In making bacon for breakfast, I usually lay out six slices on a cookie sheet lined with parchment paper and dress the bacon with some black pepper. I'll enjoy three of those slices for breakfast, saving three slices to enjoy with something for lunch or dinner, later. With the oven at 400 degrees, I like the oven method because the bacon cooks more evenly than on the stove top, it gets nice and crispy and there's less mess! And in the 20 minutes that it takes to get that perfect bacon, I can multi-task.
Appleton Farms bacon is good stuff! The slices are nice and even, easy to pull away from the package and place on the tray, it doesn't fall apart like the Great Value bacon did. It cooked up nice with typical - but not drastic (Great Value) - bacon shrinkage. The most important factor, the flavor was quite good. This bacon has nice marbling, a good meat to fat balance with that hint of smoke. This bacon deserves a spot on your breakfast plate, is worthy of topping a cheeseburger, would kick any dinner recipe or side dish up a notch.
The 16 ounce package of Appleton Farms Premium Sliced Bacon purchased at Aldi cost me a bit over $4 and is most definitely a repeat buy. It's Bachelor on the Cheap wallet friendly, it tastes good and I'm giving it 4 out of 5 stars.