The Ultimate Food.
Where Does Bacon Come From?
The most commonly believed myth about bacon is that it comes from carefully selected and cured cuts of pig meat. The amount of written material that has been produced to uphold this myth could fill the Library of Congress. Not to slight our porky friends, but this is simply untrue.
The truth is that ages ago (around 1500 B.C.) mystics in India seeking higher states of existence tapped into the Dimension of Pure Flavor. Their initial contact with this realm and efforts to return actually led to the concept of Nirvana.
While most attempts to return have failed, there remains a lasting connection between our dimension and the Dimension of Pure Flavor. Mystics trained in the ancient ways use this connection to conjure from it the essence of pure flavor. Yes, you guessed it. That essence is bacon.
In short, the true story of bacon is: Mystics around the world summon bacon from another dimension, which arrives to your local grocery store and eventually your mouth, providing you a small taste of Nirvana.
Other Myths About Bacon
1. Bacon is loaded with saturated fat and cholesterol so it will clog my arteries and kill me.
Diets high in saturated fat actually have been shown increase HDL, the “good” cholesterol and not affect LDL, the “bad” cholesterol (Journal of American College of Nutrition, 2004).
However, the extreme joy experienced from eating bacon has been known to cause people’s heads to explode.
2. Eating bacon will make you fat.
Eating anything in excess will make you fat, but the reality is, when you eat nutrient dense foods rich in saturated fat, your body will become satiated faster and for a longer period of time than when you eat a low-fat, nutrient deficient meal like corn flakes with low fat milk or even a bowl of fruit and non fat yogurt. It tends to be the carbs, sugar, and processed foods that make us fat because we can eat and eat and eat them and never feel satisfied for long, so we eat and eat some more.
Bacon can actually be an important part of a healthy weight loss plan.
3. Eating bacon will NOT grant you super powers.
I laugh every time I hear this one as it is so ridiculously untrue.
Can you guess what young Arthur ate the morning before he pulled Excaliber from the Stone and became King Arthur? Bacon.
Everyone thinks Superman was powered by the sun. False, that was just a rumor he started to conceal the true source of his power. Superman was powered by bacon. It’s a good thing he landed in Smallville where Mrs. Kent fed him bacon for breakfast every morning. If he’d been raised in Los Angeles, as a Vegan, Lex Luthor would have never had any opposition and Lois Lane would have died half a million times.
What was the brand new element that Tony Stark used for the Arc Reactor in Iron Man 2? Baconium.
4. Bacon can cure any disease.
This one is actually half true. While experiencing extreme happiness from eating bacon can boost one’s immune system, it may not necessarily rid you of the disease. It will definitely make you feel better though.
How To Make Perfect Bacon Every Time
– Line a baking sheet with foil. This will make cleanup easier later.
– Arrange bacon slices on the foil and place the baking sheet on the center rack of a cold oven. Close oven door. Turn oven on to 400°F. Walk away.
– Come back 17 to 20 minutes later. As soon as the bacon is golden brown, but not excessively crisp, it’s done. The exact time will depend on the thickness of the bacon slices, and also on how quickly your oven reaches the target temperature.
– Remove the pan from the oven. Transfer the bacon to another sheet pan lined with paper towels to absorb the fat. You can pour the liquid fat into a heat-resistant container to save for other uses. I like to pour it through a strainer lined with cheesecloth to filter out any crunchy bits.
Don’t pre-heat the oven! Make sure the oven is cold when you put the bacon in.
Keep your eye on the bacon during the final few minutes of cooking to make sure that it doesn’t burn. Also, remove the cooked bacon from the hot pan right away. The heat from the pan and the hot bacon fat will continue cooking the bacon.
You can slightly undercook the bacon, then cool it and freeze it in a zipper bag. Then, to reheat, cook two slices in the microwave on medium power for 30 seconds or so.
Variation: Dredge bacon in flour or corn meal before baking.
Variation: Sprinkle bacon with brown sugar or freshly ground black pepper before baking.
What You Need:
1 lb package of bacon
Shallow baking sheet
Aluminum foil and paper towels
Heat-resistant container for collecting drippings
An Ode To Bacon
There is no better way to end this post than in celebration to the ultimate food.
The following was written by a fellow lover of bacon named, Miranda Koerner.
Source (with extra delicious pictures): http://www.aduckinherpond.com/2010/06/ode-to-bacon-and-how-i-love-thee/
Ode to Bacon (And How I Love Thee)
Ode to bacon and how I love thee,
For without you and your salty goodness,
Your meaty charms,
I’d be quite hungry.
how wonderful you make the world.
You’re the one food that improves everything it touches,
Other than cheese or peanut butter of course.
Just one slice of you,
Or maybe two or three,
And a mediocre sandwich becomes divine,
A dull salad turns tasty.
And luckily for me,
Bacon can be eaten anytime of day,
In anyway, with any dish,
It’s a versatile crunchy meat,
A delicious treat.
There’s eggs and bacon,
With pancakes and hash browns,
Or waffles and omelets,
Or grits and fruit, for those watching their figure.
Bacon is very diet friendly, you know.
Would I ever lie to you?
Then there’s bacon for lunch,
On a club or turkey sandwich,
A pizza or panini,
In pasta or in a salad,
It’s particuarly good with cheese.
Or on a burger, but that’s another ode,
For another day.
Now bacon for dinner,
Is quite a spectacular thing.
There’s bacon wrapped chicken and steak,
Bacon burgers and bacon wrapped hunks o’ beast,
bacon wrapped fish, bacon pizza, pasta, pie and more–
Why, any dinner at all could be better with bacon it seems,
Try it, and I promise you’ll see what I mean.
Even picky eaters,
Will happily eat veggies,
With a few slices of bacon,
that make it extra tasty.
Crunchy and crisp,
Soft and chewy,
Hot and salty,
Warm and greasy.
No matter which way you cook it,
Or how you eat it,
On it’s own or with eggs and toast,
On a sandwich or burger,
Crumbled into pasta or pizza,
Or veggies that could use a little omph,
Bacon, oh dear bacon,
you’re always the most.
Ode to bacon,
And how I love thee.
For without you my life simply wouldn’t be,
As wonderfully tasty.