17 Facts About Bacon


Bacon is a type of salt-cured pork made from various cuts, typically the belly or less fatty parts of the back.

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Bacon is cured through either a process of injecting it with or soaking it in brine, known as wet curing, or rubbed with salt, known as dry curing.

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Bacon brine has added curing ingredients, most notably nitrites or nitrates, which speed the curing and stabilize colour.

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Bacon is distinguished from other salt-cured pork by differences in the cuts of meat used and in the brine or dry packing.

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Bacon is similar to salt pork, which in modern times is often prepared from similar cuts, but salt pork is never smoked, and has a much higher salt content.

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Bacon is often eaten in breakfasts, such as with cooked eggs or pancakes.

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Bacon is sold and served as joints, usually boiled, broiled or roast, or in thicker slices called chops or steaks.

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Bacon is often served with eggs and sausages as part of a full English breakfast.

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Bacon is used as an accent in dishes, such as bacon-topped meatloaf, sauteed crisp and crumbled into green beans, or as a crumble in a salad.

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Bacon bits are crumbled bacon in condiment form, typically commercially prepared and preserved for long shelf life.

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Bacon fat is flavourful and is used for various cooking purposes.

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Bacon is often used for a cooking technique called barding consisting of laying or wrapping strips of bacon or other fats over a roast to provide additional fat to a lean piece of meat.

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Bacon can contain nitrites, which can form carcinogenic nitroso-compounds such as S-Nitrosothiols, nitrosyl-heme and nitrosamines.

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Bacon'storically produced in Scotland, it was introduced across Britain during World War II as a consequence of rationing.

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Everything Tastes Better with Bacon, a 2002 book by Sara Perry, is a cookbook that represents the historical acceptance of bacon.

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Bacon bits are a frequently used topping on salad or potatoes, and a common element of salad bars.

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Bacon bits are made from small, crumbled pieces of bacon; in commercial plants they are cooked in continuous microwave ovens.

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