Hellers Free Farmed Streaky Bacon
$8.75 for 250g ($35 per kg)
Freedom Farms Streaky Bacon
$11.70 for 250g ($46 per kg)
I bought Hellers the other day instead of Freedom Farms. It was the cheaper choice but I noticed that it was “free farmed” rather than “free range”.
So, what’s the difference?
I didn’t know, so I did a little investigating…
Free farmed: 20% of New Zealand pigs are free farmed. Considered an ethical choice, it is more common in NZ than free range.
Free range: 1% of pigs farmed in New Zealand. Pigs have complete free range.
The difference is free range pigs are allowed to move freely between paddocks. Free farmed means that pigs are only allowed to move freely within their own paddock.
If you are interested in more information including the difference between the farming styles in NZ, visit Pig Farming In NZ here.
There are lots of interesting facts about NZ pork including:
- …None of the pork, bacon or ham you eat is ever in an individual crate or cage. Only the sow is housed in a stall (also called a crate).
- On any day less than 4% of all pigs are in a sow stall.
- We have never had a case of swine flu in our pig herd.
- It is impractical to farm pigs free range in many regions due to climatic conditions and soil types.
And an interesting non-NZ pork fact:
- Pork is the most popular meat in the world.
The tray and sleeve design meant that I didn’t need to transfer the bacon to another container after opening.
The slices were cut very thick and needed to be cooked a bit longer. The flavour was very smokey.
Free farmed is good enough for me. So I will happily buy either free farmed or free range.