How many slices of bacon in a pound? Find out before purchasing!

Written by Peter Allen on . Posted in food

The slices of bacon per pound depend largely on the thickness of each bacon cuts. I quickly notice the gestures people make when they estimate the slices of bacon per pound purchased at a meat shop.

Although Bacon is made from several types of meat cuts, they are typically known to be from pork belly or pork back. Different meat cuts can be used as a substitution for pork meat which is one of the most consumed types of meat, especially for those whose religion discourages the consumption of pork (Jews and Muslims).

Most times people show their dissatisfaction on the number of slices they purchased per pack after accurately counting and while some have argued about the reduction in the number of slices, they have failed to put into cognizance the unique thickness of each meat cuts. I will be given you a few reasons as to why the number of slices in each pound of bacon varies, but firstly I will be telling you a little more about bacon.

Bacon is a word gotten from the earliest German language “Bacho”. Bacon is a type of cured pork which is cured by injecting the meat piece with a high concentration of salt solution popularly known as wet curing or by application of salt around the meat piece in a process known as dry curing for the absorption of water from the meat piece.

Other types of meat such as beef, chicken, goat or even turkey can be cut, cured and prepared to resemble bacon. An example is the turkey bacon which just likes the real bacon can be boiled, smoked and chopped.

Bacon is generally cooked by either frying or boiling before eating.

Many people often confuse bacon with other types of cured pork. Although similar to other cured pork, bacon is different in the way they are cut and the manner in which they are prepared.

The popularity of bacon is greatly increasing the rate at which pork is being consumed all around the world and I have most recently come to see that this is often associated with the way the pork piece is cut and on consumer diet. Like in Australia, the bacon sold usually comes along with some streaky and fatty sections just as natives around appreciate it.

America as a country has seen a huge increase in bacon consumption with a variety of bacon recipes such as bacon explosion, chicken fried bacon and others coming into play every day. The availability of bacon at a grocery store has also contributed to its popularity and rate of consumption.

Various pack of bacon can be purchased at the grocery store with different weight to serve people of different social and financial classes. Each pack contains a number of sliced bacon strips and they vary largely in numbers. Are you wondering why?  Let me inform you as to why this variation occurs per pack of bacon.

Packed slices of Bacon

The packaging of bacon has created room for opportunities with a lot of companies focused on packaging based on social and financial desires. The size of cuttings changes the quantity of the bacon packaged, as well as its weight. 1 pack of regular cut bacon contains as much as 12 – 15 slices of bacon depending on the cuts. But for thin cuttings, the slices can range up to 35.

People feel cheated when the number of slices does not sum up to their expectation, especially after counting. As I have seen over time, aside from the cuts influencing the weight and quantity of the bacon slices, other factors such as moisture content and meat weight also do. So, before you comment on the number of slices you found in 1 pound of bacon you bought from the grocery store, I will give you a good estimate on the slices in a pound of bacon.

How many strips of bacon in a pound?

Last month back, I remembered buying 4 pack bacon, unpacked and counted the slices in each pack to find a huge variation in the numbers I counted. So to clarify doubts and produce the facts, I bought 2 packs this week, counted the slices and found only 13 and 24 pieces of sliced bacon.

I had to bring out my own small kitchen weighing scale to figure out why it differed from the number I had counted previously. I had to work my way around it by comparing the thickness of the cuts and found out the meat cuts for each pack were totally different. Going on my own little research, I discovered that they were different sizes of meat cuts and meat cuts of the same sizes were packed together.

On a generally accepted rule, the number of sliced bacons should range between 10-35 slices to make up a pound of bacon. The number of sliced bacons depends on the thickness of the cuts. There are three different types of cuts generally produced and they include;

  • Regular cut bacon which has a thickness of about 0.062 inches and may range between 16 – 20 slices to make up a pound. Although the quantity of sliced bacon may vary over time as a result of moisture content and weight of meat as I earlier stated, they usually come in a 12-ounce pack.
  • Thin cut bacon which has a thickness of about 0.031 inches and may range between 28 -35 slices per pound. The thinly sliced bacon is usually half the thickness of the regularly sized bacon. This reduces the time of preparation and saves time.
  • Thick cut bacon is 0.111 inches thick boosting with only 10- 14 slices per pound. Its thickness increases its weight and reduces its quantity. Around grocery stores in the United States, thick cuts can be found in a pound pack.

During preparation, it is important to pay attention to the size of the cuts or as some will prefer, to the width of the pan. It is necessary to ensure that all parts of the bacon are rightly prepared at the same time to give a well-prepared dish. Aside preparation, the serving size of the bacon is also very important.

There are several slices of bacon per pound, 1 slice of thin cut bacon weighs around 12 – 14 grams and gives up to 36 calories from fat, 11mg of cholesterol and 3.9g of protein. Due to its fat content, it is important that the service size is maintained between 2 – 3 slices of bacon per plate served. This should be done in other to preserve good health and to maintain reduced pork consumption.

Bacon is a savory, crispy and salty dish which can be taken alone or in addition to another dish to give a perfect combination of taste and appearance.

Bacon offers more ease and convenience in the way it can be prepared, in the kitchen equipment and method to be used. It can be cooked on a pan by;

  • Laying on a cold, clean pan. Do well not to overlaying the bacon so that the entire part comes out well prepared.
  • Heating up both the pan and the bacon until it begins to curl and wave. Start heating from low heat to medium heat to avoid burning.
  • And turning to the sides every 5 minutes until cooked to desire. Do well to pay close attention to because the slimmer the size, the quicker it gets prepared.

An oven or a microwave can also be used which provides more option than many other processes of preparing different types of meat piece. Aside just cooking, the bacon can be marinated to produce that extra taste by rubbing with any desired spice such as brown sugar, cinnamon, pumpkin pie spice etc.

Tip: Be careful not to over spice.

Conclusion

Bacon as a dish is savory, sweet and everything in between. Its ease of preparation and application to other dishes makes it unique. Plus, it can be flavored based on individual desires and taste which makes it more interesting. There is no point feeling cheated at the grocery store on how many slices of beacon in a pound.

If the quantity in terms of the number of slices is what you are after, then you should be purchasing the thin cut bacon. Other than that, you can opt for a slice of regular cut bacon and enjoy.

In a showcase of a good number of dishes, bacon is most likely to come out tops in terms of taste and general ease of combination with other dishes. So, if you are contemplating on how or what to take along with your bacon, then you can try pasta with bacon, peas, and cream or bacon with sweet mash potatoes like I do.

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Peter Allen

Peter Allen

Peter's path through the culinary world has taken a number of unexpected turns. After starting out as a waiter at the age of 16, he was inspired to go to culinary school and learn the tricks of the trade. As he delved deeper, however, his career took a sudden turn when a family friend needed someone to help manage his business. Peter now scratches his culinary itch on the internet by blogging, sharing recipes, and socializing with food enthusiasts worldwide.

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