Eickman’s has been in the business of processing meat for a long time, since 1953, and has also won numerous awards for their meat creations. The store is very clean and has a table with great literature about meat and the meat industry. You can find almost any cut of pork and beef inside of Eickman’s store.
The most challenging part was getting to the store! I nearly missed the turn to find it. Seward, Illinois is a very tiny town nestled in the heart of the Midwest. Although the address lists the meat market on South Pecatonica Road, the building is not located on the main road; it is set back quite a bit and hidden from the main road by trees. In order to reach Eickman’s, you have to head East on 4th or Grant Street. Since I was coming from the South, I turned right on Grant Street and then left up into the parking lot.
I found Eickman’s when I was scouring for great meat markets in northern Illinois. Eickman’s has won many awards over the years for their meats, especially their bacon, which made me even more excited to make a stop. I was able to pick up one package of their award winning hickory smoked bacon before I had to get back on the road to further adventures.
Hickory Smoked Bacon
Eickman’s bacon comes in a vacuum sealed package, pre-sliced, and sits inside their store in a cooler with a sliding glass door. I measured the bacon before cooking at about nine inches long. The color of the meat was superb, and looked fresh. Cooking it was much the same as any other bacon, and for this review I used my tried and true method on how to cook bacon.
The first thing I noticed was that this bacon had perfect texture and a great flavor. It was a very enjoyable bacon although a little on the salty side. It was not too smoky, but just right. The downside is that it shrunk nearly three inches while cooking, although I attribute that mostly to fat rendering while cooking. Overall it was a really well balanced bacon that I would be happy to devour again. Thank you, Eickman’s for making quality bacon!
|Eickman’s Processing Co.||Overall Rating||82.6%||Shrinkage||60%||Robust Flavor||90%||Fat to Meat Ratio||100%||Saltiness||80%|