Food & Beverage Technology Blog

Food & Beverage Technology

The Food & Beverage Technology Blog is the place for conversation and discussion about Processing, Packaging/Storage/Preservation, Materials Handling, and Inspection/Quality. Here, you'll find everything from application ideas, to news and industry trends, to hot topics and cutting edge innovations.

Previous in Blog: Bringing Beer Underground   Next in Blog: Food and Beverage Waste Becoming a New Resource
Close
Close
Close
9 comments

Do You Need A Bacon Manual?

Posted November 01, 2014 12:00 AM by Chelsey H

Do you need a bacon manual? I didn't think I did until I read this article "Basically Everything You Need to Know About Buying, Cooking, and Loving Bacon". This guide to everything bacon lists the types of bacon, cooking bacon, freezing bacon, bacon fat, and, of course, bacon recipes.

I'll let you peruse the links at your leisure but I'll summarize the highlights.

Bacon is a typed of cured meat which comes traditionally from the back, belly, or sides of a pig. Curing is not a terribly difficult process and, with the right equipment, can be done at home. For dry curing, a mixture of salt and seasoning is rubbed on the meat. It is then stored in a refrigerator/cool room on a slotted table so the liquid drains away for a week. Then the meat is washed with warm water and hung in a smoke house to be dried and smoked. Wetting curing involved using a brine instead of a dry rub. The meat is considered perishable after smoking and it should be kept under refrigeration.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=_tvx_CKB7uI

There are five types of bacon, usually identified by the country they are from. Irish or English bacon is made from curing and usually smoking the pork loin with the fat left on and the pork belly attached.

A trick to cooking bacon is to use low, even heat. This will render out the fat slowly and minimize splattering. Low and even cooking will also crisp it up before it burns, and keep the bacon from curling.

If you ever have leftover or too much bacon (let's b

e serious - this never happens), it can be frozen. Both cooked and uncooked bacon freezes well. Half-thawed bacon is the easiest to dice and chop up since the fat hasn't softened to make it slippery.

Bacon fat can be saved and used to fry eggs, flavor popcorn, or used in place of butter when you want a porky smoky flavor. The fat can be stored in the fridge or freezer for months.

So, what are your favorite bacon recipes, products, or stories?

Reply

Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.
Guru
Hobbies - CNC - New Member Hobbies - DIY Welding - New Member Engineering Fields - Electromechanical Engineering - New Member

Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 22774
Good Answers: 411
#1

Re: Do You Need A Bacon Manual?

11/01/2014 9:53 AM

When I used to go camping, on a cool crisp morning I loved the smell of frying eggs in bacon fat in the morning.

The other memory is when I was about 7 years old, my dad was eating something that smelled real good. It was actually a bacon fat sandwich, just bread saturated in bacon fat and he made me one. I loved it. I want another one, and he won't make me one, so I asked mom to make me one, and did dad ever catch hell for making me one in the first place.

Never had one since, mostly because not only don't I need that calories, but I could handle one.

__________________
“ When people get what they want, they are often surprised when they get what they deserve " - James Wood
Reply
Guru

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Large hole formally occupied by furry woodland creature.
Posts: 3385
Good Answers: 97
#2

Re: Do You Need A Bacon Manual?

11/02/2014 12:08 AM

I remember the packages for bacon only showed the lean side. When you opened it, you found a narrow strip of meat, the rest was fat. Cooked down, you where left with meat sticks and a quart of grease. The quality has improved. I buy the bacon-on-a-roll by 3M, convenience personified.

__________________
CRTL-Z
Reply
Guru
Technical Fields - Technical Writing - New Member Engineering Fields - Piping Design Engineering - New Member

Join Date: May 2009
Location: Richland, WA, USA
Posts: 20981
Good Answers: 781
#3
In reply to #2

Re: Do You Need A Bacon Manual?

11/03/2014 2:45 AM

If you tune a Quizno's sub conveyor just right, you're onto a good deal!

__________________
In vino veritas; in cervisia carmen; in aqua E. coli.
Reply
Guru

Join Date: Jun 2011
Location: Mossel Bay, SA
Posts: 777
Good Answers: 21
#4
In reply to #1

Re: Do You Need A Bacon Manual?

11/03/2014 5:56 AM

Mom didn't want you to make a pig of yourself, no doubt.

Reply
Guru
Hobbies - CNC - New Member Hobbies - DIY Welding - New Member Engineering Fields - Electromechanical Engineering - New Member

Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 22774
Good Answers: 411
#5
In reply to #4

Re: Do You Need A Bacon Manual?

11/03/2014 7:30 AM

Wasn't really that.... but, I don't think that would have helped. Our body type genetics was always tall and lean. Unfortunately later on we also found out that our genetics were naturally high cholesterol.

Something more about getting a sour stomach. What that did is gave me the cravings for bacon..... and later on the love of side pork with the rind on.

Looking back when I was on the farm the amount of calorie intake was unbelievable. Even at the age of 15-16 years old. What I ate back then would last me 2-3 days right now.

__________________
“ When people get what they want, they are often surprised when they get what they deserve " - James Wood
Reply
Guru

Join Date: Feb 2008
Location: Large hole formally occupied by furry woodland creature.
Posts: 3385
Good Answers: 97
#6
In reply to #1

Re: Do You Need A Bacon Manual?

11/03/2014 9:24 AM

There was a wild game store near me that sold seasond chunks of fat used in Western Europe by hunters to combat the cold. It was melted and dripped on bread. It was good if you like papperica.

__________________
CRTL-Z
Reply
Guru
Hobbies - CNC - New Member Hobbies - DIY Welding - New Member Engineering Fields - Electromechanical Engineering - New Member

Join Date: Aug 2007
Posts: 22774
Good Answers: 411
#7
In reply to #6

Re: Do You Need A Bacon Manual?

11/03/2014 10:02 AM

a lot of people used to cook with lard.

__________________
“ When people get what they want, they are often surprised when they get what they deserve " - James Wood
Reply
Guru
Canada - Member - New Member

Join Date: Jul 2013
Location: Canada but south of 49
Posts: 894
Good Answers: 20
#8

Re: Do You Need A Bacon Manual?

11/04/2014 9:11 AM

Favorite bacon recipe?? Bacon and just about anything else.

__________________
Never stop learning
Reply
Guru
Technical Fields - Project Managers & Project Engineers - New Member

Join Date: Oct 2013
Location: Texas.Baytown
Posts: 697
Good Answers: 26
#9

Re: Do You Need A Bacon Manual?

11/06/2014 11:09 AM

Cant eat bacon any more, or fried food or steaks or milk or much of anything anymore,doctors orders. There are starving rabbits that eat better than i do.

__________________
If you want to know how well a broom works you do not ask the guy selling the broom or the guy who designed the broom, you ask the guy using the broom.
Reply
Reply to Blog Entry 9 comments
Interested in this topic? By joining CR4 you can "subscribe" to
this discussion and receive notification when new comments are added.
Copy to Clipboard

Users who posted comments:

Hilton (1); Kevin LaPaire (1); phoenix911 (3); texasron (1); Tornado (1); Unredundant (2)

Previous in Blog: Bringing Beer Underground   Next in Blog: Food and Beverage Waste Becoming a New Resource

Advertisement