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We’re all about the bacon – enough for the average American to consume an astonishing 18 pounds of it a year – so throwing a piece of water-filled, factory produced meat between two slices of bread and calling it a sandwich shouldn’t be good enough. The ultimate bacon sandwich requires fine meat produced by skilled butchers, and it deserves to be lovingly prepared. So grilled or fried? Is one better than the other?

Fry For Control

Frying bacon probably gives you the most control over the final product. For the best fried bacon, the meat should be removed from the fridge 15 minutes before you’re ready to cook: this will allow the fat to render more easily, ensuring crispy – rather than burnt – rashers. There are two schools of thought on the time the bacon should be added to the pan. Some claim that the flavors develop more intensely if the meat is added to a cold pan and cooked slowly, while others suggest that heating the pan and waiting for the Leidenfrost Effect to occur is better, particularly if you are to avoid the meat sticking. The cold pan method is a more viable option for those with a greater control over their stovetop, and will allow a slow rendering of the fat, and ultimately, a tastier rasher. There are also those who suggest adding water to the pan, allowing it to evaporate while the fat renders, and then turning up the heat to let the bacon get crispy. There can be a loss of flavor with this method, though, and as long as you’re paying close attention to your pan, there’s no reason it should scorch or stick without water.

Grill For The Masses

Grilling is often the best option when you’re catering for a lot of people, particularly if you’re using a high quality bacon that won’t shrink down as you cook. If you add too much bacon to a pan and the space becomes overcrowded, you run the risk of steaming it rather than frying it, and you’re unlikely to achieve a crispy, flavorful result, so if you have a lot of mouths to feed, grilling is your best bet. Grilling is likely to produce crispy rashers more quickly, because the heat is direct and evenly spread, but thicker cuts are better in order to avoid burning, sticking or tearing on the rack. Burning is still a risk, however, so grilled bacon will require your constant attention. An obvious advantage of grilling is that some of the fat will be drained as you cook, making it a more appealing method for those wishing to consume less fat, but nutrients and flavor are also lost in this process, so some would argue this to be a disadvantage.

Ultimately, the perfect rasher of bacon comes down to high quality product, and care and attention being applied during the cooking process. Really, whether grilled or fried is best comes down to personal preference… and of course, the number of people you’re willing to share your bacon with.

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You wouldn’t think the words “bacon” and “weight loss” would ever appear in the same sentence. However, many diet experts claim that bacon should be a key component when embracing the ketogenic – or keto – diet to boost energy and thus lose weight. That’s good news for those who enjoy a daily dose of bacon for breakfast beside a pile of scrambled eggs or tucked into a tasty sandwich.

What Is The Keto Diet?

The keto diet is a low-calorie, low carb, high-fat eating plan touted by celebrities and Instagrammers alike. This diet aims to activate the metabolic process called ketosis, where the body uses fat and sodium instead of sugar to accelerate energy and promote weight loss. Keto followers say the program has helped them lose weight while they still get to eat what many consider its own food group – bacon.

Sizzling Away The Pounds

The key to success with the keto diet is adherence to specific regimens of calorie and protein intake without getting lazy in your approach. Low carbohydrate diets like keto can result in low blood sodium levels. Bacon, with its naturally high levels of sodium, will bolster the body’s salt level in a healthy way and keep the metabolism running smoothly which aids in quicker and more thorough digestion.

The recommended daily allowance of sodium according to the USDA is 2300 milligrams, which is not enough for a low-carb, keto diet. Ketogenic participants should add about 3000-5000 milligrams of sodium per day according to Lyle McDonald, author of The Ketogenic Diet. Eating at least three strips of bacon daily when on the keto diet adds about 2000 milligrams of natural sodium to your normal daily intake. That will help reach the sodium goals for the diet to be successful.

Eating plenty of bacon can also help spur the production of electrolytes, an important body-produced mineral found in sodium. A few strips of bacon per day will increase electrolyte production that is compromised with reduced carbohydrate intake in the diet. The diminished electrolytes can cause fatigue, cramps and headaches which with a few slices of bacon can now be overcome. 

While moderation is always key to a diet’s success, the keto diet encourages bacon consumption. Maximizing the body’s sodium levels and electrolyte production is key to the keto’s success of boosting energy and losing weight. With the keto diet, bacon may be the savory silver bullet to shed pounds in a wonderfully tasty way.

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In America 86% of people celebrate Mother’s Day, giving gifts to Moms and appreciating what they do every single day. Traditionally, people gift flowers, wine or chocolates. Well, this year how about doing something different for your Mom – give the gift of bacon. It’s timeless, it’s classic and thoroughly delicious!

A Mother’s Day Bacon Barbecue

What’s the ultimate way to improve Mother’s Day lunch? Why with bacon of course. How about inviting your Mom over for a bacon barbecue? Triple Hickory Smoked Bacon and Honey Cured Bacon are both thoroughly delicious on the barbecue. Pair it with corn on the cob, slaw, potato salad and some fresh crusty bread. Much nicer than a meal in a stuffy restaurant. Don’t forget to provide a crate of cold beer, or a bottle of crisp white wine. At your barbecue you could play some of the music that you and your Mom have listened to on special occasions over the years, like a wedding or a birthday soundtrack.

Special gifts for your Mom

How about putting together a special gift set for your Mom? You could include some delicious Chipotle Lime Bacon or Applewood Smoked Bacon, which are both a sensation for your tastebuds. In your gift set you could include beautiful scented soy candle to create a classy atmosphere whilst eating the gourmet bacon for dinner. Try cedar vanilla, which is a classic clean fresh smell, or mountain fig. In your gift set you could also include a Baconstrong or a Bacon Trumps t-shirt to wear with pride. After all, there’s nothing that says “I love you,” quite like delicious bacon.

Bacon of the Month Club

Signing your Mom up to the “Bacon of the month club” is another great idea for a more unusual Mother’s Day gift. This is the gift that keeps on giving – every time your Mom has another delicious and different bacon sandwich, she will think of you. Every month, she will receive unique and tasty bacon made by a master butcher, shipped straight to her door. Examples include Cajun Smoked bacon and the unusual Raspberry Chipotle. She will be also be able to taste bacon that isn’t available on the main Bacon Scouts website – showing just how special your Mom is.

Mother’s Day is a great opportunity to celebrate with a delicious bacon barbecue. You can also get your Mom some great gifts, so that she will remember the day for years to come.

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Bacon is of course one of America’s top ten sandwich ingredients. There is nothing more glorious than a few gourmet crispy rashers between two slices of fresh bread. Add in your your favorite condiment and you have yourself a sandwich that is good for breakfast, lunch, dinner, or even a midnight snack with friends. The ultimate bacon sandwich is a simple joy on a plate.

The Bacon

Firstly, your bacon should be nice and fresh. Make sure that it has been correctly stored in the refrigerator. If you are using bacon that has been frozen, make sure that it has completely defrosted once you cook it. The variety of Bacon Scouts gourmet bacon that you use is up to you – they are all delicious! Before you cook your bacon, if it still has a thin rind, make sure you cut it off. The bacon should be cooked so that the fat becomes crispy and turns a golden orange color. There are several ways to achieve this. You can either grill your bacon, or pan fry it in a little margarine or vegetable oil. Alternatively, place your rashers of bacon on a baking sheet, and cover them in with a heavy cast iron baking dish. Place them in the oven to roast at 375F for 30 minutes. They will come out flat and perfectly crispy.

The Bread

Your ultimate bacon sandwich should have the freshest bread possible. Using a French style baguette is always a good idea, because you can cut the loaf to the length of the bacon that you are using (just remember that bacon will shrink slightly when it is cooked). A good quality white roll is also a good choice, soft in the middle, perfect for absorbing the delicious flavors of the bacon.

The Condiments

The condiments that you use for your sandwich will depend entirely on the type of bacon that you are using. Ultimately you don’t want to use something that is going to overpower the smoked or cured taste. You also want a condiment that is going to compliment the taste. For instance, if you are using the Triple Hickory Smoked Bacon, then a heart, sweet barbecue sauce is a good option. A little sriracha is a tasty condiment that will perfectly compliment the Chipotle Lime Flavored Bacon. Classic tomato ketchup is perfect with the Buttery Prime Rib Bacon. Just apply liberally and enjoy.

The ultimate bacon sandwich contains crispy, gourmet bacon with mountains of flavor. It is truly one of life’s greatest pleasures.

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Try this hearty soup in the fall for an unbeatable bacon soup.

Prep Time: Cook Time: Difficulty: Servings:
1 hour and 30 minutes 50 Minutes Moderate 4-6
Ingredients
  • 3 slices bacon, cut into 1/4-inch pieces
  • 1 large onion
  • 2 carrots, peeled and chopped
  • 3 garlic cloves, minced
  • 1 (14.5 oz) can diced tomatoes, drained
  • 1 bay leaf
  • 1 tsp minced fresh thyme
  • 1 cup lentils, paced over and rinsed, Lentils du Puy (French green lentils) are best salt and pepper
  • 1/2 cup dry white wine
  • 4 1/2 cup chicken broth
  • 1 1/2 cups water
  • 1 1/2 tsp balsamic vinegar
  • 3 TBSP minced fresh parsley
Cooking Directions
  1. Cook bacon in Dutch oven over medium-high heat, stirring often, until crisp, about 5 minutes.
  2. Stir in onion and carrots and cook until vegetables begin to soften, about 2 minutes.
  3. Stir in garlic and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds. Stir in tomatoes, bay leaf, and thyme and cook until fragrant, about 30 seconds more.
  4. Stir in lentils, and 1/4 tsp salt. Cover, reduce heat to medium-low, and cook until vegetables have softened and lentils have darkened, about 8-10 minutes.
  5. Uncover, increase heat to high, add wine, an bring to simmer.
  6. Stir in broth and water and return to a boil. Partially cover pot, reduce heat to low and simmer until lentils are tender but still hold their shape, 30-35 minutes.
  7. Discard bay leaf. Puree 3 cups soup in blender until smooth, then return to pot. Stir in vinegar and warm soup over medium-low heat until hot, about 5 minutes.
  8. Stir in parsley and serve.

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