In addition to their regular variety of bacon, Oscar Mayer now offers a lower sodium option. On their label they state, “30% less sodium than our regular bacon”.
The bacon is packaged in a sturdy plastic covering. Clearly seen on the front cover is the Oscar Mayer name in red over a white and gold background. In large print are the words Lower Sodium on a green background. This product is U.S. Inspected and Passed by the Department of Agriculture. It should be kept refrigerated. The net weight is 16 ounces or 1 pound.
Nutritional details are listed on the back as follows: the serving size 2 skillet cooked slices. Servings per package are estimated to be around 10. There are 70 calories per serving, 50 of which are fat. Total fat 6 g, saturated fat 2.5 g, trans fat 0 g, cholesterol 10 mg, sodium 170 mg, protein 4 g, and Vitamin C 6%. The sodium content has been reduced from 290 mg. to 170 mg. per serving.
This bacon has been cured with water, sugar, salt, potassium chloride, sodium phosphates, sodium ascorbate, and sodium nitrate.
The cooking directions are listed for skillet, microwave and oven use. Be careful in whatever method you use as heating times may vary. In order to keep the bacon slices apart, they suggest using a rubber spatula while separating the uncooked bacon. Be sure to drain on paper towel.
There is also a recipe for a BLT Garden which consists of pita bread, lettuce leaf, tomato slices, cucumber slices, red or green peppers, ranch dressing and of course the main star being the bacon.
On their safe handling instructions they state the following, “This product was prepared from inspected and passed meat and/or poultry. Some food products may contain bacteria that could cause illness if the product is mishandled or cooked improperly for your protection”. The specific points are listed and should not be ignored.
There is a best by date to use on the lower right bottom corner.
When I opened the bacon there were about 19 pieces enclosed. A preview can be seen in the cut-out squares in the paperboard backing. It looked fresh and I began the cooking process. Usually I use a skillet when cooking bacon. It cooked within 5 minutes. The color was a gold caramel with a brown layering. I drained it off with a paper towel to remove excess grease. The taste was flavorful with a good crunch, I did notice that it seemed to have less salt than the normal style bacon. This would make a perfect companion to eggs, waffles or pancakes. The bacon could also be used to wrap around other meats for greater moistness. I would use this product again. Just knowing that it has less sodium is a positive enticement in itself.