All of our traditional farmhouse bacon products are hand rubbed with curing salts and left to mature for several days. The bacon has a well matured flavour, and is mouth-wateringly delicious. It is lean and meaty, and because no water goes into it when we make it, none will come oozing back out when you cook it! It has a long shelf life and is ideal to freeze!
Once cured, our bacon is sliced and vacuum packed to seal in all the freshness and flavour. All of our back bacon products are unsmoked so you can taste the real flavour of the meat. No liquid smoke or smoke flavour here!
Delicious and Mouth-watering
Back Bacon Rashers
Drycured and Unsmoked
Back Bacon Slices
A lean and juicy, medium thick sliced back bacon. Available in a 454g vacuum pack. Back bacon slices are priced at $8.00/lb.
Back Bacon Ends
These are the ends of the slabs of bacon that cannot be cut into thin slices. Bacon ends are made up of chunkier pieces of bacon and part slices. These are ideal for cooking with where the bacon will be diced anyway. Available in 454g vacuum packs. Back bacon ends are priced at $5.00/lb.
Back Bacon Chops
We use top quality boneless pork centre loins, drycure them and slice into 3/4" chops. Grill, fry or BBQ them for an alternative to pork chops, or sliced bacon in a breakfast. Available in vacuum packs of 2 or 4 chops, and sold by weight.
Back bacon chops are priced at $8.00/lb.
Side Bacon Slices
For those of you who prefer a slightly fattier bacon, we select leaner pork bellies and drycure them to make a streaky bacon ideal for frying to a crisp. Hickory smoked in our smokehouse for a rich smoky aroma. Available in a 454g vacuum pack.
Side bacon slices are priced at $8.00/lb.
Gammon Steaks These are a British favourite. Large full sized ham steaks, with that unforgettable flavour, but not too salty! Large appetites required to eat a whole steak! Gammon steaks are sold individually and priced at $7/lb. Weights of individual steaks vary from 0.75lb to 1.5lb.
Whether you prefer your bacon sliced thicker, thinner or just in slabs, we can usually cater to your individual requirements. Please just call us to place your special order. No minimum order necessary here. You must be available to promptly collect your order either from a farmers' market or from our farm shop.
Special Note: Our drycured bacon products are NOT nitrite free. Nitrites are an essential part of the curing process, and our bacon is not 'nitrite free'. If nitrite free cures become available and allowable in the future we will certainly consider using them, but for now anyone making claims of 'nitirite free' cured products are taking some considerable risks as these products are not proven to be safe. Nitrites are commonly found in many vegetables e.g. spinach, celery root etc., some at very high levels. Nitrites are also found in Sea Salt. Check your labelling - if it lists Celery Root Extract, or cure, it contains Nitrites.
Here are the views on nitrite use of popular chef / author and blogger Michael Ruhlman - you can find out more at www.ruhlman.com
Many think of sodium nitrite and sodium nitrate to be harmful chemical additives and have heard that they can be carcinogenic in certain situations. Here is my position on these issues:
Nitrates and Nitrites are naturally occurring chemicals that our bodies rely on for a number of reasons. Green vegetables such as spinach and celery are loaded with them. Of all the nitrite in our bodies, as much as 93% of it comes from the nitrate in vegetables. Our bodies naturally convert nitrate into nitrite, which works as a powerful antibacterial agent, particularly in an acidic environment (such as in our stomachs).
In the 1970s, concerns arose that nitrites could be carcinogenic. Current studies conclude that large quantities (as in contaminated water) can do serious damage, but that the quantities added to food do not. Indeed, as one study put it, “Since 93% of ingested nitrite comes from normal metabolic sources, if nitrite caused cancers or was a reproductive toxicant, it would imply that humans have a major design flaw.”
It’s my belief that companies advertising their products as “nitrite-free,” are either uninformed themselves or are pandering to America’s ignorance about what is healthy and what is harmful in our foods. In other words, the term “no nitrites added” is a marketing device, not an actual health benefit.
Use pink salt in the quantities recommended in the recipes and eat a balanced diet