Some products from a distance look like head scratchers. Before we started our Yoders Canned Bacon review we sure thought this was one of them.
How does someone get a fatty food, a bad thing for long shelf life, to store well on your shelf? Well apparently, Yoders claims to have done it. So did they? Read on to find out.
Yoders canned bacon is pre-cooked heat pasteurized 100% USDA bacon product. It doesn’t require refrigeration and the manufacturer guarantees a 2 year shelf life with up to a 10 year shelf life if stored in real cold conditions. Each can comes with about 50 pieces of bacon wrapped in a wax paper.
Like any food item we test you have to go for taste first, it is food after all right? Well, the Yoders passed with flying colors. Surprisingly this bacon tasted just like the Hormel Microwave Ready pre-cooked bacon we have bought in bulk at Costco. I recommend warming it up some, though some people who are ok with eating cold bacon have reported the Yoders bacon is great cold too.
Tip: Remove the bacon and wax paper from can and lay bacon out on paper towels. Microwave the bacon with the paper towels and the grease will absorb into the towels. From there put the bacon into ziploc bags and refridgerate. You should be able to get 1 month out of them in your fridge.
One thing you notice when the can shows up to your door is just how small it is. Yoders has done an amazing job at being able to cram around 50 pieces into a small can. This is great for people storing the product away. It is small, much smaller than a #10 can, and won’t be taking up a whole lot of your precious food storage pace.
Ranging for around $16-18 a can, the Yoders Canned Bacon is not cheap. At a cost of .34 cents a piece of bacon, you are about twice the price of a normal piece of raw uncooked bacon at Walmart. Of course the big difference is one will store for 2-10 years while the other will need refrigeration and likely only last a month.
At a guaranteed shelf life of 2 years bacon lovers will likely have no problems with rotating these cans. For those with less discipline when it comes to rotating through your food reserves you may not like Yoders as your meat option. From our research, several people who have opened their cans around the 10 year mark found it to taste pretty bad. Again as we mentioned earlier it is really difficult to get foods with high fat and grease contents to store well.
Both freeze-dried ham and bacon TVP will last much longer than 10 years. TVP (think bacon bits) will be a better price but definitely will not taste as good. Freeze-dried ham doesn’t come in strips and is pricier than the other alternatives.
In the end shelf life was out biggest knock on the Yoders canned bacon. We love getting 5 years minimum (prefer 10-20) on items we store so it will take a little effort paying attention to expiration dates, something Julie and I are not good at.
Overall, we were pleasantly surprised as we conducted out Yoders canned bacon review. There is a lot inside a can. The price was not outrageous and the taste and familiarity that only bacon can provide was spot on. If you are a fan of bacon we highly recommend trying out a can. Once you are hooked look for bulk price discounts for buying multiple units.
Where to Buy
- Amazon – $17.50
- Emergency Essentials – $17.50
- Ready Store – $16.99
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This concludes our Yoders Canned Bacon review, we hope you found it useful!