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Wicks Manor English Bacon

Product Description
$9.90

250g, sliced, frozen

Dry cured by hand and smoked over beechwood chippings (for smoked versions), these Wicks Manor bacon have a truly delicious, succulent flavour. The back bacon includes meat from the loin of the pork and a bit of pork belly in the same cut, while streaky bacon uses just belly pork. 

Our pork comes from Wicks Manor, a family-run pig farm in Essex, England. The pigs are fed a natural, nutritious diet of wheat and barley that is grown and milled on the farm property itself. They are also free to roam in large, shaded outdoor pens, and are very well taken care of by farm managers. The result is nationally-recognised, high-quality, and great tasting bacon.

Nitrates/nitrites

We have really tried to educate ourselves about nitrates and nitrites but are by no means experts therefore we deferred to our supplier for their expertise. The information that our supplier has provided us with is that nitrates and nitrites are the key ingredients in cured products, including ours, and you cannot make bacon/ham without them. These are usually salt based and are required to drive water out of meat by osmosis to prevent bacterial growth which allows it to remain safe to eat much longer than raw, unprocessed pork. Our bodies actually naturally produce much higher levels of nitrates than can be found in food and the main health concerns relating to nitrates/nitrites in bacon/ham relate to their possible reaction under certain conditions with amines to form nitrosamines.

You may sometimes see bacon or sausages that say ‘no added or nitrate/nitrate free’- these are made using vegetable-based nitrates and often have more nitrates than products made using salt based nitrates. This is due to the naturally high level of nitrates found in the vegetables used in this process, such as celery. This reaction to form nitrosamines is the same regardless of the original source of the nitrates/nitrites.

In addition, this nitrosamine formation risk is not just limited to cured meat products. It is also present in beer, some cheeses, non-fat dry milk and sometimes fish. However, nitrosamine formation in cured meats is easily inhibited, and many producers practice this method, with the simple addition of ascorbic acid, which is just Vitamin C.

A precaution that you can make is to ensure that you cook your bacon on a lower heat, as nitrosamines are also formed during high heat cooking methods such as grilling or high temperature frying. This may mean that your bacon will take a bit longer to crisp but will reduce the nitrosamine formation in your food.