I usually purchase Hormel Bacon Bits however settled for Kirkland since Hormel wasn't available. Hormel is very crisp and lean which adds bacon flavor to a dish. Conversely Kirkland was mostly fat with minimal lean and not crisp. Added no flavor and fat was tasteless and impossible to chew up. It was gross and I had to spit it out. What a waste of money!
I'm never cooking bacon again!
I love the kirkland brand, there's no question and a lot of recipes call for a few slices of bacon to be cooked and crumbled. Who has time for that? So bring those two things together and you get the Kirkland crumbled bacon!
It's already cooked and crumbled for you! It's convenient, it comes in a large bag, it's resealable and you just stick it in the fridge once you open it and just use as much or as little as you want! I love it!
Now I always have bacon on hand for those times when recipes call for it. And it tastes great! As soon as you open the bag, that cooked bacon smell is just amazing! For awhile I hadn't seen much of the fatty pieces in the bag except for this last bag we got so I'm hoping that was just a batch thing and that they aren't going to be more and more fatty. I have loved it so much and love buying it in bulk!
I will continue buying it and I recommend it to all of my friends. We're moms and we need food on the table fast so I'm glad I can skip the step of cooking bacon and just grab a handful of these bacon crumbles and add it in!
Kirkland Signature Crumbled Bacon is versatile!
I love, love, love bacon. I hate, hate, hate cleaning up bacon grease. Of course, nothing beats a perfectly crisp, smoky slice of bacon, hot out of the pan, unless it's four perfectly crisp, smoky slices of bacon. However, I occasionally just want a bit of bacon flavor to add to salads, corn muffins, frittatas, pastas, etc., and Kirkland Signature Crumbled Bacon is a useful subsitute when I don't have time to cook up some fresh bacon and deal with all the grease.
The bacon crumbles are made from 100% real bacon, no fillers. Although the package is not refrigerated when you buy it, should be refrigerated after you open it. Luckily, it also has a handy zip type seal on the bag for convenience. The bacon is lightly smoked over hardwood, and made in the USA. I find that the flavor is best if you lightly saute it in a pan over medium heat - otherwise it can be a little bland. This also helps to make it a bit crispier, as the refrigeration seems to make it chewy. One word of warning - there is small dessicant packet in the bag to retard moisture and spoilage, so watch out for it if you are just pouring crumbles straight from the bag into a mixing bowl or pan.
The only thing that I don't like is using this product in baked goods like cornbread - I find that the longer cooking time or higher heat results in the bacon having a slightly fishy taste (some people commented that they thought I put smoked salmon in the cornbread). Otherwise, this is a convenient product and relatively inexpensive compared to cooking and crumbling your own bacon (although you will lose a bit on flavor).