Why is our new bacon better?

We all love bacon. Whether folded in a soft roll for breakfast or as a versatile ingredient in so many suppers. But bacon has traditionally been cured with added nitrates and nitrite salts to keep it safe, which have been the subject of health concerns in recent years. 

Helen Browning has been keen to recreate our award-winning bacon without using these additives, while retaining organic integrity – and even improving the natural rich, robust pork flavour of our streaky and back rashers.  

Why is our bacon special?

The result of years of development with close partners, Houghton Hams, is bacon cured with salt and flavoured with organic fruit and vegetable extracts – lemons and the fruit of the Mediterranean carob tree. Combined with premium pork from organic high-welfare pigs has produced a rasher deserving of your attention. This is the first organic nitrate free bacon available to buy from British supermarkets.

Not all bacon is created equal 

A pig’s diet is an important component of bacon quality and flavour. Our organic pigs thrive in a slow-growing, pasture-raised system that gives them freedom to roam and play within family groups. They forage on herb-rich grass, supplemented with simple cereals and with surplus organic fruit and vegetables for extra variety. 

If you’re looking to enjoy a delicious and healthier version of a breakfast staple, nitrate-free bacon is definitely worth giving a try!

Early accolades

Helen Browning’s Organic streaky bacon without nitrates and nitrites has been recognised by the prestigious Great Taste Awards 2023 with a gold star award. 

Feedback from the judges include: 

“Generous rashers of streaky bacon have a good ratio of fat to meat. The cure is well judged, not too salty and with a natural-seeming sweetness from the fat. The pork flavour is allowed to come through. A versatile and gentle bacon.

This is a very attractive rasher of bacon with a good ratio of fat to meat. The texture is excellent and melts in the mouth to give a well-balanced flavour profile rich with porky notes – this has been very well cured to ensure the flavour of the pork shines.

The full range

Organic Streaky Bacon, 184g

Organic Back Bacon, 184g

Organic Bacon Lardons, 200g

Cost: £4.99-£5.95

To become a stockiest contact info@helenbrowningsorganic.co.uk

Only available from the following stockists

Helen Browning’s Organic, online & farm shop




About Helen Browning

Helen Browning was born and raised on the farm which she runs today and is also Chief Executive of the Soil Association. Helen remains first and foremost a farmer and was awarded the OBE in 1998 for services to farming. Her mission is to seek ways to farm that are as good as they possibly can be for people, farm animals and nature. As Chief Executive of the Soil Association, the educational charity that supports policy makers, farmers, foresters and citizens make better decisions about how we eat, farm and care for the natural world, Helen tries to ‘walk the talk’ here at Eastbrook Farm.

About Houghton Hams

A family run business renowned for bringing to market the best British pork from regional farms. Helen Browning and Houghton Hams have worked together as partners in brine for many years, producing an award-winning range of organic sliced and whole hams, gammon and bacon. 

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For more information please email: sally@helenbrowningsorganic.co.uk

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