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Old 07-30-2013, 04:16 AM   #1
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A question about bacon.

So, I cooked a whole pound of bacon today, and after cooking, I placed all the cooked bacon on a digital scale..... it came to just over 3 ounces. Now this bacon was crispy, so more fat was rendered off.

I went and googled "Calories per ounce of cooked bacon" and the answer I got was 500 calories for those 3+ ounces of cooked bacon.... That just seems way too high. I mean, just looking at the bacon, there really is very little fat left.

It almost seems impossible that an ounce of cooked bacon is about 167 calories. That would make it more calorically dense than oil, I believe. And oil is 100% fat.

I actually count calories, but was getting my info from the online food journal I keep, and the numbers were significantly different.

How do you account for calories in bacon?

EDIT..... I was wrong about the Olive Oil.... I was saying per ounce, but was confusing it per TBS.

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Old 07-30-2013, 04:20 AM   #2
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Calories in bacon????? Sacrilege!!!!! LOL!

I can't answer your question, Garlic, I'm sorry.... I just eat bacon. I fry up a 3 oz package and eat about half. No idea what that would weigh after cooking, and no idea of the calories.

Am just chatting here so I'm subscribing to this thread in the hope one of our wise LCF members will chime in, LOL!
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I checked a number of online food logs, along with looking up the nutritional value of the brand I buy (I love google) and they're all pretty consistent at about 150 calories for 1 oz of cooked bacon. Maybe because the bacon isn't just fat, but there's also some meat there? Just guessing.

I love bacon but have always limited it. Mainly because I erroneously thought Atkins '72 limited the number of slices of bacon to the number of eggs you're having. So for 40 years I've been limiting the bacon. Which is probably a good thing given the calories.

Even now I think twice before having the bacon with my eggs or adding it to a salad because I do have to watch my calories.
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I used USDA nutrient database.

1 lb of raw bacon is 1872 cal.
117 cal in a slice of raw bacon (1 oz slice).
There's 44 g water per 100 g raw bacon. Tthat's about 7 oz water per lb of raw bacon.

There's 1152 cal, mostly from fat, in 4.5 oz bacon grease, which is what you might have left from cooking a pound. Might be more or less depending on the crispness.

Accounting for the water loss, we get 16 strips of cooked bacon which weigh about 8.1 grams cooked each (that's about 4.5 oz of cooked bacon from the pound--- you can see that this will vary depending on how crisp you cook it. The water which evaporates will also vary according to crispness.)

There's 45 cal per cooked slice of bacon when it is cooked to the crispness that the USDA testers used.
If you're curious, you can weigh your grease and do the math.
For me, I count it as 45 cal per slice when I drain it on paper towels.
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Thanks emel.... I cook mine at 425 in the oven, and on a wire rack, so almost all the fat is drained when crispy. very crispy. I guess that is why I had a smidgen over 3 ounces when cooked.
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I used USDA nutrient database.

1 lb of raw bacon is 1872 cal.
117 cal in a slice of raw bacon (1 oz slice).
There's 44 g water per 100 g raw bacon. Tthat's about 7 oz water per lb of raw bacon.

There's 1152 cal, mostly from fat, in 4.5 oz bacon grease, which is what you might have left from cooking a pound. Might be more or less depending on the crispness.

Accounting for the water loss, we get 16 strips of cooked bacon which weigh about 8.1 grams cooked each (that's about 4.5 oz of cooked bacon from the pound--- you can see that this will vary depending on how crisp you cook it. The water which evaporates will also vary according to crispness.)

There's 45 cal per cooked slice of bacon when it is cooked to the crispness that the USDA testers used.
If you're curious, you can weigh your grease and do the math.
For me, I count it as 45 cal per slice when I drain it on paper towels.

That breakdown was impressive
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Ooooh, I am so glad I don't count calories now that I know that! I love bacon.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:41 AM   #8
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I concur: great breakdown, Emel! Lol

For 2 slices microwave cooked very crisp bacon, I count 80 calories. However, I prefer thin bacon. For regular bacon, I would count 95-100 calories per 2 slices.

Makes precooked bacon seem like not such a ripoff when you consider the water content plus fat rendered off a lb. pay for 16oz raw bacon and get 3.5 cooked? Boooo.

I heart bacon.
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Not booo, Natalia! Bacon fat is awesome and you don't get to collect all that goodness if you buy it pre-cooked.
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Old 07-30-2013, 07:51 AM   #10
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I suggest you carefully save all the rendered fat and use it cooking vegetables, eggs, etc. Then you just count the raw calories.
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Boo because I'm frugal and paying for a pound when it almost 1/2 water!
Booooooo!

I do love bacon grease, though. Precooked bacon in broccoli salad just doesn't have the same character same with chowder. Some things just need bacon grease!
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Boo because I'm frugal and paying for a pound when it almost 1/2 water!
Booooooo!

I do love bacon grease, though. Precooked bacon in broccoli salad just doesn't have the same character same with chowder. Some things just need bacon grease!
All meat has water in it because all animal muscle contains water.
That's why meat has to be refrigerated--- high protein plus high water is a perfect environment for bacteria and other cooties.

And that's why you cook 4 oz of beef and end up with 3 to 3.5 oz of cooked meat--- it's the water drying out, and also some of the fat dripping out along with the water. Pork cooks down more than beef because it is generally fattier, so more of the fat goes out when it's cooked (and that means there's less lean meat to remain in the pork, so you get about 2.6 to 3 oz per 4 oz raw)
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All meat has water in it because all animal muscle contains water.
That's why meat has to be refrigerated--- high protein plus high water is a perfect environment for bacteria and other cooties.

And that's why you cook 4 oz of beef and end up with 3 to 3.5 oz of cooked meat--- it's the water drying out, and also some of the fat dripping out along with the water. Pork cooks down more than beef because it is generally fattier, so more of the fat goes out when it's cooked (and that means there's less lean meat to remain in the pork, so you get about 2.6 to 3 oz per 4 oz raw)
Now imagine how I feel, when I cook 100 pound pig, and lose 60 - 65% of the total pig's weight after cooking..... between the bones and rendered fat, having 40 pounds of meat would actually be quite a lot.
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Now imagine how I feel, when I cook 100 pound pig, and lose 60 - 65% of the total pig's weight after cooking..... between the bones and rendered fat, having 40 pounds of meat would actually be quite a lot.
Yeah, my numbers were loose. Yours are more accurate for the bone-in pieces.
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what is everyone paying for a # of bacon in your area----the price is getting so high around here, up to over $5 for a pound, I like the walmart brand great value, and that is 4.92, Oscar meyer and others brands are over 5---a local store this last week had a brand for 2.99# and the limit was 2 packs, so I did go and pick them up----years ago bacon was a cheap meat, paying .89 a # sometimes less
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They want $5-$6 when not on sale.
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You don't want to know what I pay for bacon. I get uncured heritage pork bacon. And it never goes on sale. But it is worth it.
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The bacon I buy is $8/lb when not on sale.

Obviously, I stock up when it's on sale; I have a few pounds in the freezer right now, and rain checks for four more packages at sale price in my wallet.


The bacon I buy says that one slice pan fried (which would be fattier than your crispy version, Garlic) is 50 calories. I bake mine in the oven, but I don't make it super crispy, I keep it just on the edge between chewy and crispy.
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The easiest for me to get is the oscar meyer uncured nitrite free kind. I think it's about $5.50.

Sometimes I can get a regional brand of uncured thick nitrite free and it's about 7 bucks a pound up in the next county. Once in a blue moon I can find the applegate farms kind, when I go up to the next county.
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I think I pay $12 for 3 pounds at the wholesale club. But that is their store brand, and I will be changing to a better quality. They have it sliced so thin that I can't even peel it off from other pieces.
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I bake mine in the oven, but I don't make it super crispy, I keep it just on the edge between chewy and crispy.
Thats the way I cook mine and love it. I cook 3 pounds at a time and have a bacon snack whenever I want. I use the Wrights brand thick sliced bacon.

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They want $5-$6 when not on sale.
Mhmm. I only buy it at Costco, because it is cost prohibitive, otherwise.
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I just count what is on the package; that is for raw bacon. Calories are not really an exact science & I am not really that obsessed with the numbers. I have been in the past & may be again but it is not necessary at this time.

The bacon I am currently using (Applegate) does not give up that much grease when cooked. Not sure why but I do not need to drain the pan before adding eggs.
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Thanks for the bacon reminder, I need to order more from work. 300 strips of thin already cook for $10!!
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500 calories sounds about right. IT'S A POUND OF BACON!! That's how I always measure mine is weight when it is cooked. If you cook it until good and crisp, it does render a goodly amount of fat from it. I think that is about right.
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Thanks for the bacon reminder, I need to order more from work. 300 strips of thin already cook for $10!!
OMG, DH would be in heaven if we could get the pre-cooked bacon that cheaply! We are paying about $12 or so for 50 strips at Costco. He ate 8 strips this morning!!!
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OMG, DH would be in heaven if we could get the pre-cooked bacon that cheaply! We are paying about $12 or so for 50 strips at Costco. He ate 8 strips this morning!!!
Our Costco jacked them to $16.99
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@ glennjones -- I LOVE Wright's bacon. We like the brown sugar flavored best. We have to buy a couple packages at a time to keep up with our "habit!" I bake the whole batch until it's crispy, and then store it in the fridge in Ziploc boxes. mmmmm candy!

Usually we get ours in double packs at Sam's. WalMart carries it too, and Publix. Great stuff.
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@ glennjones -- I LOVE Wright's bacon. We like the brown sugar flavored best. We have to buy a couple packages at a time to keep up with our "habit!" I bake the whole batch until it's crispy, and then store it in the fridge in Ziploc boxes. mmmmm candy!
Exactly what I do except get the Hickory Smoked one!
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Too expensive, too much sodium for me. . . I would rather spend my money on steak. . .
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