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Bacon Factoids

 
 
Reply Mon 30 Aug, 2010 08:20 pm
For you all while love to dine on the swine

mmmmmmmmmmmm BACON!
http://bacontoday.com/wp-content/uploads/2010/08/bacon1.jpg
 
littlek
 
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Reply Mon 30 Aug, 2010 08:21 pm
There is bacon chocolate!
GoshisDead
 
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Reply Mon 30 Aug, 2010 08:25 pm
@littlek,
http://www.davidlebovitz.com/2008/03/candied-bacon-i-1/

bacon ice cream recipe
roger
 
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Reply Mon 30 Aug, 2010 08:40 pm
@GoshisDead,
Glad to see it back on the food list. For awhile, it was so expensive they only considered it to be a spice.
Irishk
 
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Reply Mon 30 Aug, 2010 09:16 pm
@roger,
Laughing

It doesn't keep very long either. I you buy a pound and don't use it that often, you have to keep it in the freezer. Ina Garten says that's ok because it has a high fat content and doesn't freeze solid. Ina Garten is wrong!
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 30 Aug, 2010 09:27 pm
Love bacon; that's my choice when they offer bacon or sausage. I like mine crispy with all the oil drained out of it. Come to think of it, my wife and I haven't been out for breakfast lately.
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littlek
 
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Reply Mon 30 Aug, 2010 09:40 pm
For many vegetarians, bacon is hard to give up. This is odd because of the various reasons for becoming vegetarian, most of them indicate that bacon should be the first to go.
cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Mon 30 Aug, 2010 09:49 pm
@littlek,
There are so many ironies in how we handle our diets and health.
Region Philbis
 
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Reply Tue 31 Aug, 2010 03:35 am
@cicerone imposter,

you'd think pork-free bacon extract would be around by now...

R(i'd add it to my egg whites)P
roger
 
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Reply Tue 31 Aug, 2010 04:03 am
@Region Philbis,
Well yeah. When I make up twice baked potatoes I always use artificial bacon bits. The real deal kind of exfoliates, gets stringy, and the texture spoils the whole effect.
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Miller
 
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Reply Tue 31 Aug, 2010 07:27 am
Did you forget the high fat content of bacon? Rolling Eyes
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Phoenix32890
 
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Reply Tue 31 Aug, 2010 07:33 am
I cook bacon in the microwave, using a few paper towels on the top and bottom of the meat. The fat seeps into the towels, and the bacon comes out crispy, with most of the fat drained off.
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Fyerio
 
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Reply Tue 31 Aug, 2010 08:26 am
I love bacon! Simply crisp it on a pan in its own fat and then use the fat to cook something else. mmmhmmmm
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ossobuco
 
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Reply Tue 31 Aug, 2010 08:49 am
I haven't tried guanciale, haven't even seen it here in Albuquerque.... although the pork jowls may be available at a specialty mexican/new mexican grocery store. I think it's a necessity for a special bucatini all'Amatriciana -

Here's one from Ristorante Babbo:
http://www.babbonyc.com/in-guanciale.html

guanciale itself:

While most pork bacon products are taken from the belly of a pig, Guanciale is made by drying the meat from a hog's jowls. Though the resulting meat is leaner than traditional pork pieces, it has a noticeably richer flavor. It is this richness, combined with a delicate porkiness, that more than merits the meat's three-week drying period. Making guanciale may require a little more planning than simply buying good-quality bacon or pancetta, but its abundance of flavor distinguishes guanciale from the rest, making every dish that much more succulent. At Babbo, we use our homemade guanciale all over the place, but nowhere is its fullness of flavor and porky richness more celebrated than in our bucatini all'amatriciana.

Makes 2 pounds

½ cup sugar
½ cup kosher salt
10 to 15 whole black peppercorns
4 sprigs of fresh thyme leaves
2 pounds hog jowls

1. In a medium bowl, combine the sugar, salt, peppercorns and thyme. Coat the hog jowls with the mixture, rubbing gently. Place the jowls in a nonreactive casserole, cover, and refrigerate for 5 to 7 days.
2. Remove the jowls from the casserole and tie a piece of butcher's twine around the middle of each. Hang the jowls in a dry cool place (it should not be warmer than 60ºF.) for a t least 3 weeks. They should be firm and dry, with a slight give. Slice and use like bacon or pancetta.

Mario Batali's bucatini all'Amatriciana -
http://www.babbonyc.com/rec-bucatini.html

This dish is one of the most celebrated in Italian cuisine and a favorite here at Babbo. Named for the tiny town of Amatrice, located 100 miles east of Lazio from Abruzzo this dish can be made both with or without tomatoes. Ever since Abbruzzese shepherds begin the tradition of eating this spicy pasta after a day in the chilly mountain air, the cooking process has always begun with the rich smell of a fatty piece of pork bubbling in the pan. At Babbo, we use our homemade guanciale, or cured pig jowls, with its distinct pork flavor, to achieve the same rich taste that comforted the shepherds of old.

INSTRUCTIONS
Serves 4

¾ pound guanciale, or pancetta, thinly sliced
3 garlic cloves
1 red onion, halved and sliced ½-inch thick
1 ½ teaspoons hot red pepper flakes
Kosher salt and freshly ground black pepper, to taste
1 ½ cups basic tomato sauce
1 pound bucatini
1 bunch of flat-leaf parsley, leaves only
Pecorino Romano, for grating

1. Being 6 quarts of water to a boil and add 2 tablespoons of salt.

2. Place the guanciale slices in a 12- to 14-inch sauté pan in a single layer and cook over medium-low heat until most of the fat has been rendered from the meat, turning occasionally. Remove the meat to a plate lined with paper towels and discard half the fat, leaving enough to coat the garlic, onion and red pepper flakes. Return the guanciale to the pan with the vegetables, and cook over medium-high heat for 5 minutes, or until the onions, garlic and guanciale are light golden brown. Season with salt and pepper, add the tomato sauce, reduce the heat, and simmer for 10 minutes.

3. Cook the bucatini in the boiling water according to the package directions, until al dente. Drain the pasta and add it to the simmering sauce. Add the parsley leaves, increase the heat to high and toss to coat. Divide the pasta among four warmed pasta bowls. Top with freshly grated Pecorino cheese and serve immediately.


BASIC TOMATO SAUCE
Makes 4 cups

1/4 cup extra-virgin olive oil
1 Spanish onion, chopped in 1/4-inch dice
4 garlic cloves, peeled and thinly sliced
3 tablespoons chopped fresh thyme leaves, or 1 tablespoon dried
1/2 medium carrot, finely shredded
2 (28-ounce) cans peeled whole tomatoes, crushed by hand and juices reserved
Salt, to taste

In a 3-quart saucepan, heat the olive oil over medium heat. Add the onion and garlic, and cook until soft and light golden brown, about 8 to 10 minutes. Add the thyme and carrot, and cook 5 minutes more, until the carrot is quite soft. Add the tomatoes and juice and bring to a boil, stirring often. Lower the heat and simmer for 30 minutes until as thick as hot cereal. Season with salt and serve. This sauce holds 1 week in the refrigerator or up to 6 months in the freezer.




Miller -
I hardly ever eat bacon, watching my saturated fat, but don't feel guilty when I do.
I think it is much less bad for you, in moderation, than eating a lot of high glycemic index carbs, for example.

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Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 31 Aug, 2010 08:55 am
They ain't enough bacon in the world for me and the little dogs . . . we thank god every day for Muslims and Jews . . . more pork for us!
Intrepid
 
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Reply Tue 31 Aug, 2010 09:12 am
@Setanta,
More pork on your fork
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cicerone imposter
 
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Reply Tue 31 Aug, 2010 11:05 am
@Region Philbis,
I'm pretty sure there are imitation bacon made from other products.
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GoshisDead
 
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Reply Tue 31 Aug, 2010 11:43 am
@Region Philbis,
They make Bacon Salt its vegan and Kosher.

http://baconsalt.com/
Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 31 Aug, 2010 12:00 pm
@GoshisDead,
Ah yes, but is it halal?
Setanta
 
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Reply Tue 31 Aug, 2010 12:06 pm
http://farm1.static.flickr.com/54/377586667_2e921f70ac.jpg

Makin' Bacon ! ! !


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