I was working on a more serious post this evening, but by the end of ‘family time’, I was feeling tired and out of sorts, so I was fairly certain there would be no a.m. post today. But then, my daily digest from the National Day Calendar people hit my inbox and when I saw that today is National Bacon Day and thinking about some of my readers — Larry, David, the other Larry, and Emily — who are serious bacon lovers, I decided to have a bit of fun with it!
According to the National Day Calendar website …
On December 30th each year, bacon lovers celebrate one of nature’s favored gifts on Bacon Day! The day reminds us that bacon is not just for breakfast and encourages us to test out various ways to enjoy this culinary marvel.
Everything is better with bacon, so someone said once. And our research shows very little to dispute this assertion.
The United States and Canada make bacon from the pork belly. Other countries around the world use the side and back cuts of pork. The meat is cured in either a salt brine or a salt pack. It is then either dried, boiled, or smoked.
Bacon is a very popular food in the USA. In 2020, over half of the U.S. population said they used a pound or more bacon that year. You can also find many items flavored or scented with bacon, including popcorn, soap, candles, air fresheners, and much more. While these uses fit right into the day, we suggest cooking with bacon.
It’s not just for breakfast anymore, either. Bacon improves everything from beverages to dessert. Some cocktails such as the Bloody Mary and Caesar add bacon to the olives, pickles, and other assorted ingredients. Bacon improves the flavor of many appetizers, sandwiches, and soups. Incorporate bacon into salads as a topping or mix it into the dressing. For dessert, bacon pairs well with maple frosting or maple ice cream. Thanks to bacon’s salty, smoky flavor, it compliments sweet quite well. The possibilities are endless.
HOW TO OBSERVE #BaconDay
The founders of Bacon Day encourage us to eat a variety of bacon while watching Kevin Bacon movies or movies with bacon in the title. Other suggested traditions such as bacon toasts and kissing under pork fat mistletoe are mentioned as well. We make these recommendations for celebrating the day:
- Try a new recipe.
- Test the best way to cook bacon.
- Top your salad, soup, or eggs with this delicious ingredient.
- Give the gift of bacon.
- Sample different varieties and determine your favorite.
- Host of cookoff and post your favorite recipes.
- Write a song about bacon.
- Make a smiley face using bacon.
- Visit your favorite butcher and give them a shout-out!
BACON DAY HISTORY
Danya “D” Goodman and Meff “Human Cannonball” Leonard founded Bacon Day in 1997 as the one great day to bond everyone together.
Q. Can I cook bacon in the microwave?
A. Yes. Bacon can be cooked in the microwave, a conventional oven, on the stove or griddle, or in a convection oven.
Q. How many calories are in one slice of bacon?
A. One slice of bacon contains approximately 43 calories. It also has 9 mg of cholesterol and 1.1 gram of saturated fat (that’s the not-so-good fat). If you’re trying to watch what you eat, limit your portion size or substitute pork bacon for turkey or chicken bacon.
Now, as far as the best way to cook bacon, you place the slices in a single layer on a wire rack on a baking sheet with edges, sprinkle liberally with ground pepper, then bake at about 425° until it reaches the desired level of crispness. Personally, I like mine ultra-crispy, nearly blackened!
Now go forth and try some new bacon recipes! Be sure to let me know how they turn out. Here’s one I use sometimes for Candied Bacon … it’s really simple, just three ingredients! Happy Bacon Day!!!