Six degrees of kosher bacon
That, presumably, is how Dave Lefkow discovered my site and why he contacted me about his new product, Bacon Salt, "a zero-calorie, vegetarian, kosher certified seasoning salt that makes everything taste like bacon."
Dave was kind enough to send me samples of all three varieties of bacon salt, and Gina and I tried them out the other night.
Gina, naturally, read the ingredients first, and pointed out that "seasoning salt" is a somewhat misleadingly mild term for this potent brew of wheat, soy, dairy, natural and artificial flavors, unpronouncable chemicals, sugars and shortenings (a natural version is in the works, but even that is not exactly simple). But if it really makes everything taste like bacon, that's all beside the point, isn't it. This is America after all.
We tried bacon salt on collard greens and hot dogs and, as Gina immediately pointed out, it made them taste exactly like... barbecue-flavored potato chips. It was undeniable: sprinkling bacon salt on your food accomplishes the same thing that emptying the crumbs from a bag of bbq chips onto it would. Now, I happen to like bbq potato chips, but they dont' taste much like bacon, with their cloying faux-smoke flavor and notable sweetness. So I have to say that bacon salt is not yet a kosher substitute for the real thing. Especially if you want to make a bikini out of it.