Yoders: Bacon in a Can!

by Joey deVilla on June 3, 2008

If you’re looking for food for a camping trip, doing some contingency planning for emergencies or perhaps have a platoon of hungry soldiers, you might be interested in the MREdepot.com, an online store that carries MREs (Meals Ready to Eat) and what’s known in the industry as “shelf-stable foods”.

(I remember meeting someone ages ago at an Accordion City chapter of those “Company of Friends” gatherings organized by Fast Company. He was in the business of “shelf-stable protein”. Talking with him further revealed that “shelf-stable protein” is a techno-sexed-up way of saying “canned tuna”.)

Cans of Yoders Bacon sitting on a box of Yoders Bacon.

Being a fan of bacon, the item at MREdepot.com that fascinates me the most is Yoders Canned Bacon, which they say is available for the first time in the United States in 20 years. This is a crying shame; I’m sure that canned bacon would’ve been a big hit with me and my housemates back during my Crazy Go Nuts University days.

Close-up of nutritional information and ingredients on a Yoders Bacon can.

MREdepot.com boasts that Yoders bacon surpasses its predecessor:

More than 2 years went into the development of this bacon, and we’re proud to be able to bring this back to you after improving on a what was a very successful brand of canned bacon made years ago by Celebrity Foods (registered Trademark, all rights reserved).

Open can of Yoders Bacon.

According to the nutritional information on the can, a single serving of three strips of Yoders bacon has:

  • 60 calories (40 of which are from fat)
  • 5 grams of fat (2 of which are from saturated fat)
  • 15 milligrams of sodium
  • 190 milligrams of cholesterol
  • No carbs!
  • 5 grams of protein

Roll of bacon wrapped in wax paper emerging from Yoders Bacon can

The ingredients list reads:

  1. Pork
  2. Water
  3. Salt
  4. Sugar
  5. Smoke Flavoring
  6. Sodium Phosphates
  7. Sodium Erythorbate
  8. Sodium Nitrite

Roll of bacon in wax paper.

“Comes out easy,” says the site, very reassuringly. “Bacon stays together until you unroll it.”

Furthermore:

Each can is 9 ounces of fully cooked and drained bacon. Between 2-3/4 and 3-1/4 pounds of raw bacon go into each can. Each can is the highest quality fresh #1 bacon slices. Cured to our specifications, cooked and then hand wrapped, rolled and packed in the U.S.

We cook this bacon down for you prior to canning, so you won’t pay for all of the natural shrinkage that occurs whenever you cook bacon. Then we carefully drain all of the fat and liquid off and can it fresh so it will taste as good out of the can as it would right out of the refrigerator.

Unrolling the bacon roll

The site goes on:

With a shelf life in excess of 10 years, this bacon makes a perfect addition to your food storage program and it is great for every day use. Take some with you when you go camping, hiking or hunting – keep a case in the boat, RV, cabin or anywhere that you may need to prepare a meal but don’t have refrigeration!!

Three layers of bacon, separated by wax paper.

I really could’ve used this stuff at Burning Man!

Yoders Bacon sells in cases of 12 cans at US$109.95 a case. Perhaps it’s time to see if they’ll ship to Canada and if there are 11 other people who’d like to chip in for a can and collectively buy a case.

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