The Chinese started enjoying salted pork bellies in 1500 BC. The Romans and the Greeks also enjoyed eating this preserved pork product.
In 1924, the first packaged and sliced bacon was patented by Oscar Mayer, and the world would never be the same.
Oh, bacon. Those of us who are living a Paleo lifestyle, well, we go through pounds of this stuff each month. Known as the candy of meats, bacon is one of those foods that basically just makes life better. The average American eats 17.9 pounds of the stuff each year!
All bacon really is, is cured, smoked pork. But, depending on where you live, bacon comes from a different part of the pig. Here in the US, the bacon we know best (long strips of meat) comes from the belly. In the UK, back bacon reigns supreme (a cut from the shoulder) and in Canada, bacon is little round cutlets from the loin. Those long strips of bacon are enjoyed in the UK and in Canada as well, but each country has its own national treasure.
As yummy with eggs for breakfast as it is with slices of tomatoes on toast, or crumbled into a Caesar salad, bacon is just a wonderful food, all around.
Think you know all you need to know about bacon? Well, how much have you experimented with your cooking methods? In your trick and your tip, I’m going to try and inspire you!
Ever try cooking your bacon in water? It’s a great method that allows for more even cooking. Put your bacon in a skillet and enough water to cover the strips, bringing it to a boil. When the water starts to boil, reduce the heat to medium. When the water has mostly cooked off, reduce the heat again to medium low, flipping the strips of bacon and cooking until perfectly brown and bacony! This prevents your bacon from burning while waiting for the fatty bits to cook properly.
Not in a hurry for your bacon? Heat your oven to 350, and roast your strips of bacon on an aluminum foil-lined pan for about 12 to 15 minutes. You can put it on a rack if you like. For a special treat, put some maple syrup and fresh ground black pepper on the bacon strips before cooking.
And your Recipe:
Maple Bacon and Cauliflower Stir-Fry
- 2 pounds bacon chopped
- 2 large cloves garlic minced
- 1 large onion chopped
- 2 tablespoons pure maple syrup
- 3 cups cauliflower chopped
- Sea salt and freshly ground pepper to taste
- 1 teaspoon crushed red pepper flakes
- 4 cups spinach leaves
- Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
- In a large bowl, toss together first 7 ingredients (bacon through crushed red pepper flakes); spread mixture on a large cookie sheet and bake for 30 minutes, stirring occasionally, or until bacon and vegetables are cooked and crispy. Drain off excess bacon fat and serve over spinach.
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Better to use uncured bacon as sodium nitrate is some pretty bad stuff for your body. No matter how much Paleos glorify it, bacon is not really a healthy food but to make the best stick to organic pastured pork as much as possible.
Unfortunately, the bacon you buy that is uncured and preserved with celery juice ends up with the nitrite and nitrate—–because the body metabolizes the celery juice into nitrite and nitrate!
We’ve been off pork bacon for a year now. We only eat turkey bacon that’s gluten-free and nitrate/nitrite free. It’s delicious! This was a recommendation from our dr.
I’ve never thought of boiling it! Great idea 🙂 We love to treat ourselves with bacon once or twice a week…
I’ve been having bacon 3 to 4 times a week for the past 4 years. Only recently have I switched to uncured bacon. What sort of symptoms does one get from ‘nitrate’? I haven’t had any issues to speak of, blood pressure and cholesterol are normal.
How is baking better than to sautee all in a pan? The grease is poured off either way.
It cooks much more evenly when it’s baked.
And it doesn’t make as big a mess.
If you like bacon, get some pork belly. Marinade with salt, pepper, olive oil, let it sit overnight. Cook it slowly in the oven, fat side up. The skin gets crunchy, the meat is tender and the fat gets chewy. VERY tasty to say the least.