Wednesday, March 30, 2011

JD's Bacon Salt Reveiw

............and the Bacon continues!!

This time I am reviewing JD's Bacon Salt and some of their other items that I was sent to reveiw.

Peanut butter and chocolate. Franks and beans. Cookies and milk. Bacon and anything.
It’s that last part that got us going. Bacon goes with just about anything. It’s kind of like a condiment, isn’t it? Except it doesn’t come in a bottle, is hard to cook, and makes an awful mess. Not to mention that it’s not the healthiest thing in the world.

The “aha moment” came at a kosher wedding that Justin was attending in New York. He described the joys of bacon, and that we needed more of it, to a group of people who are restricted from eating it. He said that there should be a bacon condiment, and dubbed it “Bacon Salt.” It wasn’t until much later that we realized that we could actually kosher certify a salt that tasted like bacon.

A few months later, Dave and Justin began trying to make Bacon Salt in Dave’s kitchen by mixing bacon drippings and sea salt together. The results were disastrous. From there, we found some people in the food industry and asked them to tell us everything they knew about how to realize our bacon-driven vision of making a condiment that made everything taste like bacon. Then, with funding from a 3 year old boy, we did it. We made Bacon Salt, a low sodium, zero calorie, zero fat, vegetarian and kosher seasoning that makes everything taste like bacon. At worst, we thought, we’d make something that we’d want to use at every meal. At best, everyone else who loves bacon (which is everyone) would embrace it too.

Today, Bacon Salt comes in a variety of flavors, including Original, Hickory, Peppered and Natural. We also have some Limited Edition flavors which typically come out around the holidays. It’s been shipped to 47 countries and all 50 states. It’s been on Good Morning America, ABC News, Daily Candy, NPR, Fox News, and even graced the pages of World Wrestling Entertainment magazine. And we’re just getting warmed up.

There’s now a Bacon Salt for every occasion, and we think you’ll want them all in your spice cabinet. We love them all, and think you will too.

Original -like a straight bacon punch in the mouth. Best on Eggs, Green Vegetables, Salads, Sandwiches and more.

Baconnaise™, available in Regular and Lite, is the newest addition to the J&D’s family.
We started with a customer request to make “spreadable bacon, namely mayonnaise.” At first, we were skeptical. Mostly because neither one of us really liked mayo much.

Then we started talking to people about whether a bacon-flavored mayonnaise would fly. We heard from a lot of people that just couldn’t wait for us to make it so they could use it on everything. They told us that sometimes they didn’t want salt, they just wanted bacon – so just mixing Bacon Salt and mayonnaise wouldn’t cut it. They wanted less mayo taste and more bacon taste – it should be Baconnaise, not “Mayocon” we heard. And many people requested a Lite and a Regular version, because some people loved Lite mayos and some people hated it (with a passion).

So we set out on another bacon-flavored adventure. Could we make a mayonnaise product that met our own high bacony standards? Could we get people as excited as they were for Bacon Salt (for which shrines have been built and songs have been written)?

It was at that point that we began a very unhealthy morning routine: eat a slice of bacon, try a version of Baconnaise, eat a slice of bacon. Compare. Improve. Repeat. Over the 6 months it took us to make Baconnaise, we estimate that we probably ate 20 pounds of bacon, consumed 5 large jars of mayonnaise and took 2 years off of our lives – looking for that exact and delicious flavor that we would be proud to call Baconnaise.

And then we did it. We tasted the smooth and slightly smoky taste that would henceforth be known as Baconnaise, The Ultimate Bacon Flavored Spread. We put it on sandwiches, salads, dips, fish, chicken, burgers and more. And they were all delicious!

Welcome to J&D’s Bacon Ranch, where the skies are blue, the pigs are pigs and the dressings and dips are delicious.

We're talking bacon-flavored ranch here. Not the gallon of ranch dressing you need to go through with a crime scene investigator’s kit to find the little bacon bits. It’s like bacon and ranch dimmed the lights, put on the Barry White records and made the world’s perfect condiment. Which is kind of what happened. Kind of.

OK, so what really happened is we got hungry. And when we get hungry, we get chicken wings. Dozens of them. And that's when it all began, our talk of two of the greatest things in the universe – ranch dressing and bacon. If we combined these two flavors in the right way, we thought, we could make the world’s best dressing and dip.

And you know what? We were right. It was so delicious that we instantly crowned it the best product we've ever made. These are flavors that were truly meant for each other.

So break out the chips. Fry up some chicken wings. Make up a salad. Or bring out the veggie tray. And head on out to J&D’s Bacon Ranch.

Git along little taste buds.

At J&D's Foods even we have an occasional non-porcine dream.

The last one we had started over fish and chips. Nothing like a shot of malt vinegar to liven things up, we thought. But what's all this then? Our fish ‘n' chips were soon as cold and soggy as a Seattle winter.

Enter J&D's Malt Salt™, the world's first malt vinegar flavored seasoning salt. It's all natural and made with real malt vinegar. Try it on your fish ‘n' chips. Tasty. Malty. Crispy. Spot-on. It also goes great with chicken, any kind of potatoes, seafood, pork, vegetables like peas, on sandwiches or mixed into frying batter. The possibilities are endless.

So grab a pint, sit back and enjoy the newest revolution from J&D's. Or are we just dreaming?

J&D's Bacon Lip Balm (the original bacon lip balm)
Now you can make yourself taste like bacon. Our Bacon Flavored Lip Balm is a constant reminder of the awesome power of bacon.

For decades, Great Granny's been saving her bacon grease in that old rusty coffee can in her kitchen, and popping some fresh kernels on her stovetop with it. Bless her heart. Then the microwave oven came along, and she didn’t quite jump on the bandwagon. She loved her bacon popcorn too much to give up her traditional bacon-popping ways.

Well Granny, now there's something called BaconPOP™ from J&D's. So you can just sit back in that comfy old rocking chair of yours, put on some Perry Como records, and rest those tired arches. Because in 5 minutes or less you'll be enjoying a savory, delicious mix of bacon, butter and premium popcorn that's designed for maximum eatability and anytime snacking. How's that for convenience?

And while you're sitting down, maybe you can fire up that computer we bought you so many years ago and tune into something called the Internet, which is kind of like TV except you have to do all the work. Yes, we know, the type's too small. And no, you can’t use your clicker to change the channel. But there are pictures of the grandkids, and unlimited reruns of Matlock. Just look out for viruses and spyware, OK?

And for heaven's sake, please pass the BaconPOP™.

J&D's Country Style Bacon Gravy (single packet).
NEW! What do you get when you mix country gravy and bacon? The best country gravy in the world, that's what.

Bacon Salt Doggie Treats

Doesn't man's best friend deserve man's greatest flavor? This recipe for bacon flavored, vegetarian doggie biscuits will please even the most finicky pooch and will act as the ultimate incentive not to eat your shoes, dig holes in the backyard or terrorize the mailman.

And because Bacon Salt is low sodium, you don't need to worry that you're oversalting your pup.


2 eggs
1 cup milk
1/2 cup water
2-3 Tbsp Bacon Salt
10 tablespoons vegetable oil
5 cups whole wheat flour


Preheat oven to 350 degrees F (175 degrees C). Lightly grease a cookie sheet.

Beat eggs in a large bowl. Stir in milk, water, Bacon Salt, and vegetable oil until well blended. Gradually stir in flour to make a stiff dough. Pinch off pieces of the dough and roll into 2 inch balls. Place on prepared baking sheet.

Bake in preheated oven for 35 to 40 minutes. Cool on racks. Store in a covered container in the refrigerator.

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Disclosure: While I was sent tasting samples, all opinions presented here are entirely my own.

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