This a great recipe, if you can source the right ingredients.
But then again, if you can't find good nitrate-free bacon, you can just make 'egg muffins' and add your favorite veggies. 😉
The important part, is that if you're going to eat bacon or any other animal products for that matter, you get it wild, or pasture-raised, nitrate-free, additive-free, and preservative-free...
Sounds silly right?
What's silly is that I have to look for all these "without" labels, or find a hunter.
In my humble opinion, it should be the other way around.
Companies that add toxic and harmful ingredients should have to add a label letting you know that, not the other way around.
Labels should be honest. In my opinion. Bacon with added ingredients shouldn't even be called bacon, it should be called bacon cured with water, walt, genetically modified sugar, sodium phosphates, sodium ascorbate, and sodium nitrate. Because calling it bacon would be false advertising. And it should be in big, bold font on the front, not in tiny little, hard-to-find locations you have to hunt for. Then maybe so many people wouldn't buy it.
Those things are not natural. Or good for you. Even if they don't kill you, they're not helping you. Many of those additives are toxic, and you don't need to buy products with them in it. Or support multi-million dollar companies that care more about profits and shelf-life than your health.
There are better options.
According to the United States Environmental Protection Agency those who "drink water containing nitrate in excess of the maximum contaminant level could become seriously ill and, if untreated, may die." So if you shouldn't be drinking them, you probably shouldn't be eating them either.
The maximum contaminant level is 10 ppm (that's parts-per-MILLION) which is hardly anything at all.
But just don't just take my word for it. I listed the references I found this information on, below. At the end of article, so check it out for yourself and see what you think.
But the fact of the matter is, you don't need to buy food with added carcinogenic ingredients in them.
I think you deserve better than that.
And I think it's important to support the people that put their customers' health and their animals' quality of life first.
Local, organic, pasture-raising, family famers are best. I can't think of any job more important than that!
Also, the World Health Organization just came out and declared that processed meats, like most bacon sold in stores is, causes cancer. You can read more about that here.
So if you're going to buy bacon, find an awesome local, organic, pasture-raising, family farmer, and buy it non-processed, organic and fresh without additives, without nitrates, raised humanely, that lived a good life.
Or find a hunter. Easy as that! Just a simple switch of where you buy your meat from. And best part is- it will usually save you money too! Invest in a freezer, buy in bulk, less trips to the grocery store- Win/Win/Win! 🙂
If you do go hunting, just make sure there are no contaminated streams nearby.
You can post on ad on craigslist.org looking for a hunter! Or go hunting yourself! Like nature intended. I think eating meat is okay, and even good for you, if done right.
But I think we were supposed to hunt it down, work for it, say a prayer for the sacrifice to feed our family, or our village, and appreciate its value. Not just buy a package wrapped in plastic that was sitting there for weeks on a shelf at the grocery store. We lose all connection that way, and we eat too much of it when it's that easy.
And when it's factory farmed, the animals are stressed and abused. Stress is one of the worst things for the body, and then people are eating it and absorbing their pain. Also the drugs they're given, hormones, antibiotics, and GMO's. Scary!
But that's just IMHO. (IMHO means 'in my humble opinion', btw ;))
No wonder eating meat is linked to so many health problems these days. The products labeled as meat aren't even meat anymore. They've changed so much in the last 100 years. They're filled with science experiments, chemicals, abuse, and toxins galore now. Just nasty.
If you're going to do it, do it right! Read ingredients and research them! Know what you're putting in your body! What's more important than that??
That's just my two cents.
Keep it real,
Oscar Meyer Naturally Hardwood Bacon Fact Sheet, http://www.kraftrecipes.com/products/oscar-mayer-naturally-hardwood--1560.aspx
United States Environmental Protection Agency. Basic Information about Nitrate in Drinking Water. http://water.epa.gov/drink/contaminants/basicinformation/nitrate.cfm