Dorsogna 100% Natural Bacon Review
This bacon product is fairly new to the market and caused a bit of interest on my social media amongst you all! I promised I would do you a review and tell you my thoughts and here it is.
First up, this review is not sponsored or endorsed by Dorsogna in any way. I actually emailed them to ask questions about the product months ago and I haven’t heard back!
Why is natural bacon of interest??
Well, it’s a long and complicated story! There still exists some debate about bacon and nitrates/nitrites but I found this article at Weston A Price to be quite good at explaining it all.
Personally, I try to eat full fat food with minimal processing and avoid synthetic additives.
This bacon is readily available in most of the big supermarkets with the 400g pack retailing for around $10.
Dorsogna make a number of claims on their bacon including:
100% natural ingredients
No artificial preservatives
No added nitrites
No artificial flavours
No artificial colours
No synthetic ingredients
97% fat free
Of course, we all know that to truly assess a product, we should always read the ingredient list rather than relying on marketing claims, right!?
So, the ingredient list:
Pork (90%), water, salt, potato starch, cane sugar, vegetable extract, vegetable fibre, fruit extract, natural flavourings, naturally wood smoked.
I really wanted to know what exactly the vegetable and fruit extract and the natural flavourings are but as I didn’t get a reply from the company, it’s anyone’s guess!
So, the ingredient list doesn’t sound too bad, right? It’s definitely an improvement on some bacon you can buy from the supermarket. If you are specifically avoiding synthetic nitrates/nitrites you might be happy to buy it and not investigate further.
So, my other questions to Dorsogna were, where is the meat sourced from? is the meat free range? what do the pigs eat? how is it processed? what chemicals are used in the processing? are there chemicals used in the packaging?
The package states that the meat is ‘made in Australia from local and imported ingredients.’
Having a friend that is a pig farmer has really opened my eyes to all of these concerns! I want to eat pork that is treated humanely, allowed to roam on pasture, reared and processed in Australia, that has eaten a nutritious, natural diet and is processed and packaged without added chemicals.
I will make an assumption here that the pork is not free range or exclusively from Australia. My conclusion is based on the fact that these claims are not on the packaging. As these are desirable attributes to a consumer, you would have to conclude that if it was free range, Aussie meat, they would be shouting it from the rooftops.
Okay, so now we get to another important aspect – the taste!!!
Our family loves bacon….. like really loves it. But not this bacon. Everyone in the family hated it!
It’s really salty and tastes to me like Spam. The kids have no idea what Spam tastes like but they also said it was too salty and had a fake taste.
The texture is really mushy and has a strange, soft mouthfeel (again rather Spam like).
When cooking the bacon, I could not get it to crisp up at all, it just seems to stay the same colour and stick to the pan. You can see in the photo how it broke down into pieces after cooking. That happened every single time I cooked it.
So, when I compare this to the natural bacon I usually buy, it’s really, really different, both in taste and texture.
I like the fact that the bacon is gluten-free and appears to have no added synthetic additives. It’s also easy to source and not too expensive.
Would I buy it again? Nope.
Aside from the fact that we didn’t like the taste and texture, I really don’t like supporting an industry where animals are treated inhumanely. Free range, high welfare meat is really important to our family.
I don’t mind paying extra for better quality.
If you would prefer to eat natural, Aussie bacon with minimal processing the best advice I can give you is to see what you can source locally. Check out your farmers’ markets or your organic butcher and ask questions.
There are some amazing farmers out there producing beautiful pork products. Once you taste this type of bacon, trust me, you will love bacon even more.
I would love to know what you think! Have you tried it?