Bacon is one of the world’s most popular foods, especially for an English breakfast or in a BLT sandwich. But there are now really good plant-based bacons on sale, which are pig-friendly and free from cholesterol. Recycle packaging at kerbside or supermarket bag bins.
Keep faux meats away from pets as they smell/taste/look like meat, but contain unsafe ingredients like onion, mushrooms etc. Read more on food safety for people & pets.
This is not about ‘not supporting British farmers’ as a lot of bacon sold in England is from factory farms (the Red Tractor logo just means it’s British, not good welfare and not recognised by Compassion in World Farming). If you eat real bacon, then choose free-range organic.
vegan bacon (from France?)
La Vie is a French brand of vegan bacon (yes, you read that right). It’s so realistic (in both normal and smoked version) that French meat producers have been trying to ban it! This brand is now being farmed out everywhere (it’s used in Sainsbury’s VLT sandwiches and also sold at fast food joints from The Vurger Co to Burger King).
vegan bacon (from Scotland?)
Sgaia Foods offers a lovely vegan bacon based on seitan (‘wheat-meat’). Created by two Italian foodies who live in Glasgow, you can even buy ‘wheat meat boxes’ to your door. These bacons are easy to cook, and ideal in a BLT or for a full English fry-up.
good vegan bacon brands in supermarkets
Richmond is an Irish company that now offers vegan streaky rashers in all supermarkets. These are really nice, just pan-fry in oil for a few minutes, and serve in a BLT (be careful to buy the right version, as there are also meat versions in similar packaging).
THIS (isn’t bacon) is a quality brand, offering soy/pea protein rashers that are very high in protein, coloured with beetroot!
Meatless Farm offers vegan bacon lardons for food service. Cook from frozen (there are special instructions for pizza). Made with pea protein and tastes just like the real thing.
One Planet Pizza (sold in supermarkets or order online) offers wonderful vegan pizzas, made with sustainable ingredients. Their Hawaiian pizza (don’t tell Italians who say pineapple should not be on pizza) contains vegan bacon lardons.
make your own (vegan) bacon
There are many recipes around, you basically add things like liquid smoke and maple syrup to aubergines, mushrooms or coconut. This recipe for tempeh bacon (Minimalist Baker) is one of the easiest and most-like-for-like. But in reality, most people will buy it.