Morningstar Veggie Bacon Strips review

I like Morningstar, I really do. Even after Kellogs purchased them.  Their barbecued McRib substitutes are excellent, and their soy corn dogs are a surprisingly nutritious snacks.  But it was with some trepidation that I bit and clawed my way into the bacon package, because even the photo on the outside of the box doesn’t look so great.

These cook up in the microwave, as long as you’re extremely watchful, because they go from underdone to way overdone very quickly.  And there’s the taste.  Definitely not great nom nom noms here.  They taste sort of like imitation bacon crumbles.

Which they are.  Way imitation:

EGG WHITES, SOYBEAN OIL WITH TBHQ FOR FRESHNESS, TEXTURED SOY PROTEIN CONCENTRATE, MODIFIED CORN STARCH, WHEAT GLUTEN, HYDROLYZED VEGETABLE PROTEIN (CORN GLUTEN, WHEAT GLUTEN, SOY), CONTAINS TWO PERCENT OR LESS OF GLYCERIN, SALT, SOY PROTEIN ISOLATE, SODIUM CITRATE, SODIUM PHOSPHATE, SUGAR, NATURAL AND ARTIFICIAL FLAVORS FROM NON-MEAT SOURCES, TORULA YEAST, CARAMEL COLOR, MONOCALCIUM PHOSPHATE, SODIUM TRIPOLYPHOSPHATE, NATURAL SMOKE FLAVOR, MALIC ACID, GUAR GUM, YEAST EXTRACT, LOCUST BEAN AND GUAR GUM, SODIUM SULFITE, CARRAGEENAN, RED #3, DISODIUM INOSINATE, DISODIUM GUANYLATE, NIACINAMIDE, IRON [FERROUS SULFATE], AUTOLYZED YEAST EXTRACT, NONFAT DRY MILK, YELLOW #6, VITAMIN B1 [THIAMIN MONONITRATE], VITAMIN B6 [PYRIDOXINE HYDROCHLORIDE], VITAMIN B2 [RIBOFLAVIN], CITRIC ACID, CYANOCOBALAMIN.

Look how far they had to go to get something that looked and tastes somewhat like bacon.  We’ll stick with our general rule; don’t eat stuff made from stuff you can’t buy separately at the grocery store.

Instead of this, if you’re not vegetarian we’d recommend turkey bacon or an occasional couple slices of the real thing.  For vegetarians, well I remember my 1 month experiment with veganism and being pretty much dying to get me some bacon — if you’re not going to eat meat, this is pretty much your bacon-like product, and your choice needs to be whether to be authentically vegetarian and eat food which happens to TASTE GOOD and happens to not contain animal products, or to spend your time eating clever simulations of animal products that leave you feeling really sad to not be able to have the real thing.

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One response to this post.

  1. Posted by Shirley Madewell on May 9, 2012 at 4:13 pm

    I do like the Boca bacon though.

    Reply

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