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Meat the Butcher: Bacon

April 11, 2013

Everything is better with bacon. Add this magical ingredient to anything from asparagus to chocolate and you’re on your way to a blissful experience. Need more flavor in that dish? Throw on a rasher of streaky! What?!

Bacon has a unique flavor, a cult-like following and its own language. A rasher is a slice of bacon and streaky is a type of bacon named for the layers of fat running parallel to the rind. (Fun fact for your next bacon party)

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CUT

There are many different types of bacon that differ based on the primal cut from which they are prepared. Our premium slab bacon has a medium to high fat content and is made from the belly and side cuts and from fatback.

Some other interesting varieties include:

Collar bacon – Taken from the back of a pig’s head near the neck

Hock – Taken from the hog ankle joint

Jowl bacon – Cured and smoked cheeks of pork

Picnic bacon – Only for use at picnics…just kidding! This is from the picnic cut (beneath the shoulder blade)

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COOKING

Tips for cooking bacon:

  • Leave at least 1 inch between each strip when cooking. This way the fat will render evenly from all strips and bacon will become crisp instead of limp.
  • For more even cooking, use the oven. Set strips on wire rack on backing sheet and roast at 375 for 15 minutes.
  • Keep your enemies close and your bacon closer. Bacon can burn quickly so always keep a close eye on it while cooking. And you never know who might be lurking around the corner ready to grab a slice!
  • Never pour your leftover grease down the drain as it can clog it. Instead let it cool and pour into a jar, then toss.
  • Use cold bacon and a cold pan to reduce spattering.

TASTE

Bacon possesses the flavor umami, which elicits an addictive neurochemical response and keeps us reaching for more. It is the chain lards on bacon that give it a high flavor profile with no taste substitute known to man!

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Nowadays you can find just about anything to satisfy your bacon craving from bacon vodka to bacon mints! But we hope you chose The Meat House for all your bacon needs, sweet or savory, modest or ridiculously indulgent…

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