Frequently Asked Bacon Questions

Company Information

The Baconer is committed to increasing access to high-quality food. And, like many other small-but-mighty family-owned businesses, we will continue to deliver our products where they are needed. We know that times are hard for many. Beginning March 24, 2020, we will donate 10% of profits from every online purchase placed at thebaconer.com to World Central Kitchen’s #ChefsForAmerica initiative.

Our USDA inspected meat processing facility is committed to limiting the spread of pathogens at all times. We work diligently to maintain a safe and clean environment. As new guidelines develop, we are prepared to refine our business response plans as needed, informed by the recommendations of the Center for Disease Control and Prevention, World Health Organization, and the North American Meat Institute.

The Baconer, a craft bacon business based in Berkeley, California. We’re exclusively focused on one incredible product: bacon, forging a unique West-Coast style characterized by responsible sourcing, chef-driven flavors, and hard to find cuts.

We are located in Berkeley, California.

It’s a classic tale: Boy meets girl. Romance, marriage, kids, a voracious obsession with food, an underground Brooklyn supper club, a blossoming love of cured meats, a random inspiration for a better way to make an age old recipe, a lot of experimenting, unparalleled levels of deliciousness achieved, a bacon empire is born. Y’know, pretty typical. The “WE” we keep referring to are Camilo Velasquez and Elisa Lewis. We are a husband & wife team with an amazing crew of dedicated bacon enthusiasts

Are you really asking us? To that we simply say, bacon is the best! Isn’t that why you came to us? Because you love bacon as much as we do!

Product Information

All of our products are available online. We ship everywhere in the continental United States! The Baconer is also available in several locations in the San Francisco Bay Area as well as select Farmer’s Markets.

No.

No. Not yet :)

We source top-quality pork belly from a variety of family farms in California, Oregon, Montana and Iowa. Each of the farms we work with follow these critical guidelines:

  • Humanely-raised: humane treatment of animals is core to responsible sourcing, and is the most important criteria we look for. The farms we work with NEVER use farrowing or gestation crates, and their hogs are free to roam. We prefer farms that raise their animals on pasture, though in some areas with freezing winters and/or extreme summer heat, this is not best for the animals. In these cases they are raised indoors with plenty of space to roam and socialize.
  • Vegetarian diet: our animals are raised on 100% vegetarian feed. Whenever possible, feeds are also GMO free, though this is not always feasible for some of the smallest farmers who simply don't have the resources or manpower to control GMO traceability.
  • Antibiotic free: our farmers never use sub therapeutic antibiotics.

The Baconer's different cuts

Bacon can be kept refrigerated up to 30 days before needing to be frozen, and can be kept frozen up to 6 months. To defrost, transfer to the refrigerator overnight, or if rapid thawing is needed, rest the package in cool water for 15-20 mins. Previously opened packages can be refrigerated or frozen in zip top storage bags, we recommend pressing as much air out of the bag as possible. Once opened, the bacon should be consumed within 7 days.

Yes. Bacon is very tolerant of refreezing without any damage to the quality.

No. However we source top-quality pork belly from a variety of family farms in California, Oregon, Montana and Iowa. Please see the section above "Where does your meat come from?"

Currently, our products are not paleo or keto-certified, but we are developing products that will meet these requirements.

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No, however, our lardons are amazing healthy training treats.

Partnering with The Baconer

Ask for it at the meat department or the butcher counter, and then refer them to us: sales@thebaconer.com

Yes. For wholesale inquiries, contact us at: sales@thebaconer.com

Contact us at: sales@thebaconer.com

Not at this time.

Absolutely! We offer a range of food service sizes. Please contact us at: sales@thebaconer.com

SHIPPING INFO & POLICIES

We ship orders 1-2 day delivery with FedEx. Shipments go out Mon-Wed to avoid packages being held in transit over the weekend. Your bacon leaves our warehouse frozen, wrapped in insulation with freezer packs, and may arrive thawed. This is completely normal, rest assured it was very cold most of the trip and can tolerate thawing in transit. We recommend refrigerating upon receipt and you can even refreeze without any damage to quality.

Shipping costs are calculated based on order size and shipping address.

We ship everywhere in the continental United States!

Shipments go out Mon-Wed to avoid packages being held in transit over the weekend. Your bacon leaves our warehouse frozen, wrapped in insulation with freezer packs, and may arrive thawed.

We require a physical address in order to deliver perishables.

No.

Not at this time.

No. Our product is shipped frozen.

Yes. When the package is shipped, you will receive an shipping confirmation email with tracking information.

No. All items are final sale. Bacon is a perishable product and cannot be returned. If the product arrives damaged, please reach out within 48 hours to our team at gimmebacon@thebaconer.com

No. Have fun and order what you want!

To change an existing order, contact us at gimmebacon@thebaconer.com or log into your account to make any changes. We’re always happy to help you. Once the order has been placed, if you choose to cancel it, please note there will be a $5 cancellation fee.

Please reach out within 48 hours to our team at gimmebacon@thebaconer.com

Your bacon leaves our warehouse frozen, wrapped in insulation with freezer packs, and may arrive thawed. This is completely normal, rest assured it was very cold most of the trip and can tolerate thawing in transit. We recommend refrigerating upon receipt, you can even refreeze without any damage to quality.

Bacon is a perishable product and cannot be returned. If the product arrives damaged, please reach out within 48 hours to our team at gimmebacon@thebaconer.com.

SUSTAINABILITY AND PACKAGING

The Baconer offsets our carbon emissions through Carbonfund.org

The ice packs and insulated envelopes are reusable, and the boxes are recyclable

THE GIFT OF BACON

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We certainly do. Just click here.

Yes. Nothing's better than surprising someone with The Baconer—just make sure the recipient is going to be home to open the package and put the contents in the fridge right away.

Cooking Information

The Baconer’s preferred method for how to cook bacon on the stovetop begins with a cold pan and the bacon or lardons laid out with just enough water to cover the bottom. Set heat to medium-high and simmer off the water, allowing the bacon to braise a bit before frying. After the water has cooked off, lower the heat to medium, and slowly crisp the first side. Once crisped to your liking, flip and finish the other side. This would be a good time to give in to the irresistible siren scent that has claimed countless bacon strips, devoured right off the pan before ever seeing a breakfast table. Go for it, no one’s watching. Or watch the video!

Making an Impact

We are currently accepting and reviewing submissions. Contact us: gimmebacon@thebaconer.com

Please fill out our contact form with any donation or fundraising requests. Due to the high volume of requests, we are only able to reply to those that we're able to accommodate. Thank you for your understanding.

MEDIA INQUIRIES

Please reach our Bacon Whisperer at dana@thebaconer.com