When I was growing up there weren't a ton of options when it came to buying bacon. It was just, you know, bacon. Now when you stand in front of the bacon section at the store there are endless options to consider. Do you want less sodium? Do you want turkey bacon? What about Paleo bacon (whatever that means)? And don't even get me started on all the different kind of seasoning options there are. So, how do you know what to spend your money on?
The next time you go to the store, try using this simple trick from Cook's Illustrated to save some cash and eliminate a few options.
Center-cut bacon is nothing more than regular bacon with the fatty ends cut off. If you’re looking for bacon with less fat, by all means go for center-cut strips. Just know that you’ll be paying more for less: The 12-ounce center-cut packages we sampled were priced exactly the same as the 16-ounce regular packages from the same brand.⠀
Cook's Illustrated recently posted on Instagram a super-smart tip to consider when buying bacon. "Center-cut bacon is nothing more than regular bacon with the fatty ends cut off," the post starts. "If you're looking for bacon with less fat, by all means go for center-cut strips. Just know that you'll be paying more for less."
Sure, there is convenience built in to purchasing a pack that is already devoid of the fatty ends, but why bother when you can simply cut the ends off yourself and ultimately save more money?
A lot of the comments on Instagram said they had no idea that this was all "center cut" meant.
"That's IT? This whole time I thought it was a different cut of pork made into bacon. Wow," exclaimed beachlifebum.
"Great informative post. 'Center cut' is clearly tricky marketing to make us think we're getting something 'better,' when we're not," said merrilyman.
We agree, merrilyman. We agree.
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What kind of bacon do you buy at the grocery store?