Two strips of turkey bacon.
Food manufacturers have developed turkey bacon as a substitute for pork bacon, which is high in saturated fat. It has several advantages over pork bacon, such as being healthier and acceptable in families that don’t allow pork products. When purchasing any chicken bacon, the consumer should read the label carefully as some products contain pork to enhance the flavor. In general, cooks can substitute regular bacon for poultry bacon when cooking.
In the United States, there are laws and regulations that govern the manufacture of bacon products, including pork and poultry bacon. All ingredients, such as pork, must be on the product label. Typically, the consumer should read the ingredients list because the name may not indicate whether it contains pork. In the United States, the name must accurately describe the product, such as turkey bacon, chicken bacon, or veggie bacon. Some US regulations limit the amounts of ingredients, such as sodium nitrate, that bacon can contain.
Turkey bacon can be served with eggs.
Turkey bacon allows people to enjoy a traditional western breakfast such as bacon and eggs in regions or cultures that do not allow pork. For example, a person may be living in an Islamic country or in a Jewish family. For people allergic to pork, poultry bacon allows them to indulge in bacon-based dishes such as a bacon, lettuce, and tomato sandwich (BLT).
Grilled scallops wrapped in turkey bacon.
Although turkey bacon is a cooked product, manufacturers recommend cooking it well. Most food experts suggest that cooks use a small amount of oil when frying bacon because it is very lean. Some food manufacturers claim their product is 95% fat free, while others claim their product has up to 65% less fat than bacon. Consumers need to read the nutrition facts label to know how lean bacon is.
Turkey bacon can be added to soup.
Food experts say that good poultry bacon should look attractive with a natural texture similar to bacon. Pork bacon has a complex flavor and aroma that is slightly sweet, salty and has a natural smokey aroma and flavor. Chicken bacon should emulate this complexity. Experts evaluate poultry bacon by comparing it to pork bacon, but understanding that they are two different products. Bottom poultry bacon has a strange flavor that lacks the subtle sweet and salty flavor of real bacon and has an artificial appearance.
Flour tortillas can be used to make a BLT sandwich made with turkey bacon, lettuce and tomato.
Some people believe that the best turkey bacon is made from smoked, minced, and shaped breast meat because it is the leanest part of the turkey. Often, food processors use the fattest thigh and back meat to make bacon made from poultry, such as turkey or chicken. Traditional American pork bacon is cured, prepared from pork belly, but in other regions of the world, it is usually made from other sections of the pork. Food processors that make bacon-like food such as chicken or veggie bacon try to shape their product to look like American-style pork bacon. Some manufacturers use meatless fillers to achieve the look of marbled fat.