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Old 10-03-2011, 03:17 PM   #1
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Bacon - homecooked vs. precooked

I know there was some discussion on here SOMEWHERE about the cost of homecooked vs. the precooked stuff - well, since I just finished cooking up 4 pounds of Fletchers Thick-Sliced Applewood Smoked Bacon, figured I'd weigh it - it yielded 1 pound 7 ounces of cooked bacon.

I'll have to check at Costco next time I go and see what I paid for it, but I believe it was right around $11 for the 4 pounds. I'll check the price and weight on the precooked stuff too, just out of curiosity. Unless somebody else knows off the top of their head!
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Old 10-03-2011, 04:10 PM   #2
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Okay..Hormel is 3.49 for 2.1 ounces. So, you have a bargain there, Char..

23 ounces for $11..So, for about equal amounts for the pre cooked it would be about
$36.00 (ballpark).
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Thanks for doing the math for me, Carolyn! I was in a hurry to pick up DH before he got rain-soaked!

Well, it sounds like if you're willing to cook it yourself (which I do in the oven) it's well worth it price-wise. Plus we prefer thick-sliced which most of the precooked ones are not.
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Yes, those precooked pieces are so thinnnnn...There are 14-16 pieces in 2.1 ounces..LOL
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Costco has some in their refrigerated section that isn't too bad - my Mom uses it. Still, it's not nearly as thick as the "cook it yourself" stuff.
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I think that the pre-cooked is supposed to be the equivalent of a 12 ounce package of regular thin raw bacon. I found some once for around $1.49 which was a really good deal. However, we found that the texture wasn't great. It was a little chewy. I don't recall the brand now but it may have been Farmland. I've gotten spoiled by thick cut bacon and haven't gone back to the thin stuff since.

Anyone else notice that their family still eats the same number of thick slices as thin ones, LOL? When I cook a 24 ounce package of thick bacon it seems to go just as quickly around here as a 12 ounce package of thin bacon.
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if you use the bacon fat for other cooking, you need to factor that in too. butter is about $3 a pound on sale here, and coconut oil is a lot more than that. most of the difference between the raw and cooked bacon is fat you can use.
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Thanks for doing the math for me, Carolyn! I was in a hurry to pick up DH before he got rain-soaked!

Well, it sounds like if you're willing to cook it yourself (which I do in the oven) it's well worth it price-wise. Plus we prefer thick-sliced which most of the precooked ones are not.
If you buy the pre-cooked bacon it is so teeny tiny I am not even sure there is bacon in there!! I am shocked to see the tiny little pieces they call pre-cooked because my pre-cooked doesn't come out that tiny. They must use the bits and pieces at the factory for those pre-cooked slices. I will forever bake my own bacon. Have a pound at the ready in fridge right now we can have bacon at the drop of a hat on anything at my house.
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