I know that I’m not the only person who was incredibly excited to see Upton’s Naturals come out with their new Bacon product earlier this year. Of course there are other vegan bacon foods on the market—each with their own pros and cons—but out of all of the ones that I’ve tried, Upton’s is the most versatile.
When their seitan bacon showed up at my doorstep, I pulled it out of the box and was greeted by their recycled packaging and clever branding. Who doesn’t love a dapper dude with a mustache? Vacuum-sealed inside were the strips of smoky bacon. I would be lying if I said that I didn’t try a few pieces uncooked… ya know, for “quality assurance.” ;)
One of the easiest ways to prepare and serve this product is by heating up a dab of coconut oil in a pan and frying the strips on each side for a minute or two. Place on a cloth or paper towel to soak up the excess oil and you’re good to go! You might not expect it from seitan, but these strips end up pretty crispy. According to the package you can also bake them for a healthier option.
If you like your bacon to be a mix of sweet and salty, I recommend drizzling a teeny bit of maple syrup on top of it. Or, keep it savory by adding some bacon strips to your morning avocado toast. If you want to get a little crazy with it, use this tasty bacon in my recipe for Loaded Caramel Apples from the free Vegan Cuts Fall Harvest eBook!
I’ve also used these in a BLT-style sandwich (duh) and they worked great! Sometimes tempeh bacon can be slightly soft, even right after being fried, but Upton’s Bacon holds up nicely and offers a good crunch in your sandwich.
Overall, I would suggest this product to those of you who want a simple, delicious, and versatile vegan bacon. The lovely people at Upton’s Naturals have put together an amazing prize pack that you can enter to win below!
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