So, I think it’s about time I continue “Bacon The Epic”, last time I talked about chocolate covered Bacon, and random things like Bacon band aids and toothpaste. So I thought I would follow sort of the same sort of template. If you have been reading this blog you know by now how I feel about mass production or factory farming, it’s wrong, it’s unethical, and it’s unhealthy. The fact that the majority of people, though I will say I have been seeing this begin to change, are oblivious to what actually happens. Just because you got some Bacon from the supermarket in elaborate packaging does not mean that your getting what you think, i.e fresh healthy pork product.
Most of the time I would say that the Bacon probably came from a pig from a farm that barely allowed the pig to move around. Wallowing in their own fecal matter and god knows what else.
However there is a way to avoid all of this and that is…ding ding ding support your local economy and go to a farmers market or an actual farm itself! It’s 2012, a lot of farmers have their own facebook page or entire websites complete with ordering info, directions, and even pictures of livestock and produce! The fact of the matter is that the majority of our food supply has been tampered with. Pumped with antibiotics and growth hormones all the while being fed a mostly corn based diet. Some farms to check out that I know about are, Love Apple Farms (Santa Cruz, CA), Fog Line Farms (Soquel, CA), Range Brothers (Capay Valley, CA), Flying Pig Farms (Shushan, NY), Beartown Farms (Antwerp, NY), Are Farm (Pulaski, NY), Mid River Farms (Grindstone Island, NY) and Cross Island Farms (Wellsley Island, NY) . Anyway onto the Bacon!
Something that I have been thinking a lot about lately is Bacon Jam, and after a few weeks of procrastinating I finally went to the grocery store to get what I needed, which as it turned out was not very much. I ended up making Honey Jack, Mango Bacon Jam. Yeah, I went there… and it came out awesome. I had looked up some recipes online prior but most of them were really extensive, and I wanted to make something simple and straight forward. It’s funny and I would have never thought to do this, but several recipes call for the use of coffee. For mine however I thought Honey Jack Daniels would be better because I mean honestly Bacon, and Whiskey together as one makes an imponderable amount of sense, at least to me, but I’m sure there are several people that agree with me on that one. Here’s what went down…
“Absolutely Ridiculous and Simple Bacon Mango and Honey Jack Daniels Jam”
1 package of thick cut Bacon
2 Mangos, cut into about 1 inch pieces
1/2 medium sized Yellow Onion, small dice
1 cup Honey Jack + 2 shots
2 cups Water
1 cup brown sugar
1 pinch of salt
1. First thing to do is cut up the Bacon into about half inch lardons and render it out in a pot. When the Bacon is nicely browned and crispy, drain the fat out and deglaze the pan with the 2 extra shots, and then get the onions in the pot.
2. Sweat the onions for about 5 minutes with the Bacon.
3. In a separate bowl combine all the remaining ingredients, and then add to the pot.
4. Bring the mixture to a low simmer and cook for 1 hour and 30 minutes.
5. Throw everything into a blender, and pulse so there are still small chunks of Bacon.
6. Transfer to container, and either store or eat the shit out of it right then and there!
Spread some of this stuff on a baguette and it’s game over… just more proof that you can add Bacon to absolutely anything and it will be amazing. I’m literally getting chills right now thinking about it. Anyway, another cool thing to do with Bacon is the majestic Bacon weave. I touched on it a little bit in “Random Epic Lunch Time” All you do is weave strips of bacon together and render it in the oven, flipping it halfway through the cooking process.
You can turn this weave into a plethora of different items including bacon bowls, as a “pie crust”, roll up some meat and veggies inside the weave and bake it into a Bacon Burrito, you could even make a cone, season with brown sugar and eat ice cream out of it! Bacon Ice Cream, with Chocolate and Chunky Bacon Caramel Sauce! Reminds me of the “Vegan Nightmare” dessert my friend Gabe and I served at Bella’s Bistro in Clayton, NY. So good, It was eventually molded to its final combination of Crispy Bacon Brownie with Maple Ice Cream inside of a Waffle Bowl with Housemade Caramel Sauce and Spicy Chocolate Dipped Bacon Strips … can I get an amen.
So with all this delicious edible Bacon, it’s easy to see why it is so popular, even as it expands outside of the food realm. I’m talking of course about Bacon merchandise. In Bacon the Epic: Part 1 I made a list of five really awesome bacon related products. Just to recap there was…
5. Bacon Jam
4. Bacon Air Freshener
3. Bacon Soap
2. Bacon Bandaids
1. Bacon Toothpaste & Dental Floss
So to follow up with those I looked for five more things that were either as cool or cooler and this is what I came up with…
5. Bacon Wrapping Paper – All I could think of when I found this was how sick it would be to wake up christmas morning and see a bunch of boxes wrapped in Bacon under the tree. Whilst eating a plate of Bacon.
3. Bacon USB Flash-drive – I have seen some cool USB flashdrives before but this one definitely takes the cake. It looks very real so the potential for one of your friends getting drunk and trying to eat it is a possibility which could end up bad for both parties involved.
2. Bacon Envelopes – At first I thought that the envelopes just looked like Bacon, but after doing a little more investigating realized that the adhesive you lick is Bacon flavored, they call them MMMMvelopes. I feel like this would probably cause an increased number of dogs attacking mail men and women.
1. Mr. Bacons Big Adventure – This one is by far the coolest one that I have come across up to this point. I mean really Mr. Bacons Big Adventure?! So basically your move your way through “meatland” as Mr. Bacon. From the description I read “it’s sort of like Candyland, but celebrating meat instead.” I can just honestly tell that this just must be the best board game ever invented, it has to be.
With that I leave you, everyone enjoy and go eat a pound of Bacon!