Important matters concerning the existence of Humanity - BACON

THParent

Member
I know that vegetables are my friend. I also know that I could live on a plant-based diet. My wife is a Pescatarian (which is a fancy way of saying that she eats mostly plant-based stuff, but also thinks that eating fish is okay).

I choose however, to eat meat. I eat meat because I think that animals are tasty and if I wasn't supposed to kill them - and eat them - then they simply wouldn't be so tasty to begin with.

Enter bacon. I really like bacon.

Perhaps not to the extreme of a friend of mine who has a carved-in-wood-plaque the size of his mantle over the fireplace, which simply reads: "BACON IS LOVE".

No, not quite like that, but I do love bacon.

This brings me to something that many of you may already know of; Costco and Sam's Club have bags of cooked, crumbled bacon that you can put in anything you like. It's diabolical how easy they make it to pig-out on bacon. In case you don't believe me, here are photos of the packages:

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1-1/4 pounds of pre-cooked-ready-to-toss-down-your-pie-hole, bacon. Suffice it to say, that I am on my third year of continuously having a bag of this stuff in the refrigerator.

My DS (when he is home) likes to throw a little in an omelet in the morning. I like some on my salad. Don't get me wrong, I'm not piling this stuff into a cereal bowl and spooning it in my face. If you don't have any will power, then I might suggest staying away from this stuff.

Judiciously used - a bag of it lasts a long time - unless I have friends over for brunch on the weekend.

I belong to both clubs, and I can tell you that there is no difference between the brands. They are probably both packaged by the same manufacturer. I will tell you this however, it's pretty pricey stuff (about $11 either place).

I appreciate everyone's concern about my heart, but I assure you that I could quit at any time. This stuff doesn't have a hold on me. ;)
 
I eat meat because I think that animals are tasty and if I wasn't supposed to kill them - and eat them - then they simply wouldn't be so tasty to begin with.
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Appeal_to_nature
Being natural or not has no moral quality to it. There are numerous natural things that are unethical, and numerous unnatural things that are ethical, and vice versa.

Having unprotected sex whilst having numerous naturally occurring STDs is natural. Cancer is natural, and a doctor allowing a patient to die of it would be promoting what is natural.

Using protection to prevent the spread of STDs is unnatural. Medicine is unnatural, and a doctor giving medicine to patients is promoting what is unnatural.
 

USMCGrunt

5-Year Member
"I call this turf and turf. It’s a sixteen ounce T-Bone and a twenty four ounce Porter House. Also a whiskey and a cigar. I am going to consume all of this at the same time because I am a free American.”

"Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, "Give me a lot of bacon and eggs." What I said was, "Give me all the bacon and eggs you have". Do you understand?"

Quotes from Ron Swanson
 
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justdoit19

Member
I know that vegetables are my friend. I also know that I could live on a plant-based diet. My wife is a Pescatarian (which is a fancy way of saying that she eats mostly plant-based stuff, but also thinks that eating fish is okay).

I choose however, to eat meat. I eat meat because I think that animals are tasty and if I wasn't supposed to kill them - and eat them - then they simply wouldn't be so tasty to begin with.

Enter bacon. I really like bacon.

Perhaps not to the extreme of a friend of mine who has a carved-in-wood-plaque the size of his mantle over the fireplace, which simply reads: "BACON IS LOVE".

No, not quite like that, but I do love bacon.

This brings me to something that many of you may already know of; Costco and Sam's Club have bags of cooked, crumbled bacon that you can put in anything you like. It's diabolical how easy they make it to pig-out on bacon. In case you don't believe me, here are photos of the packages:

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1-1/4 pounds of pre-cooked-ready-to-toss-down-your-pie-hole, bacon. Suffice it to say, that I am on my third year of continuously having a bag of this stuff in the refrigerator.

My DS (when he is home) likes to throw a little in an omelet in the morning. I like some on my salad. Don't get me wrong, I'm not piling this stuff into a cereal bowl and spooning it in my face. If you don't have any will power, then I might suggest staying away from this stuff.

Judiciously used - a bag of it lasts a long time - unless I have friends over for brunch on the weekend.

I belong to both clubs, and I can tell you that there is no difference between the brands. They are probably both packaged by the same manufacturer. I will tell you this however, it's pretty pricey stuff (about $11 either place).

I appreciate everyone's concern about my heart, but I assure you that I could quit at any time. This stuff doesn't have a hold on me. ;)
Or sprinkled on maple nut ice cream. Try it. Soooo good!
 

NJROTC-CC

Member
I personally think all fast food should come with bacon and there should be a "bacon delete" option that you have to specifically accept to get your order without bacon.
 

Jcleppe

5-Year Member
A couple of my favorite bacon quotes from Jim Gaffigan.

"Bacon bits are the fairy dust of the food community"

"You wanna know how good bacon is, to improve other food they wrap it in bacon"
 

kinnem

Moderator
5-Year Member
In honor of this thread, I’m going to make my favorite lunch sandwich:
Toasted sourdough (Trader Joe’s since I’m not in the SF Bay Area)
Natural crunchy PB
Really good strawberry jam
Three slices warm crisp bacon

Sweet, salty, peanutty, crunchy.
Elvis would have been proud to eat that!
 

Capt MJ

10-Year Member
My mother despaired of me as a kid - I didn’t like cereal, no matter what you put on it or in it. It was something about the yuck factor when it got thoroughly cold and wet. We settled on toasted whole wheat bread, PB&J, big glass of milk, for breakfast. My go-to over the years has been some variation of a toasted PB&J. Oddly, I am fine with hot steel-cut oatmeal with dried fruit and nuts.

Back to bacon.
 
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Capt MJ

10-Year Member
My DSIL and I both made this. Our bacon-PB-banana loving DHs (both retired Navy Tomcat guys) approved.

Elvis’ Bacon Banana Bread
(Parade Magazine, 11/2/2018)

Elvis's Favorite Banana Bread

By Jon Ashton
Ingredients

1¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup whole-wheat flour
1 Tbsp peanut butter powder
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
⅔ cup sugar
½ cup butter (1 stick), softened
2 Tbsp bacon fat, melted
2 large eggs
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
Maple syrup, for garnish
Cooked, crumbled bacon, for garnish
Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8½ x 4½-inch loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, combine first 5 ingredients. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat sugar and butter until creamy, about 2 minutes. Stir in bacon fat. Beat in eggs and bananas. Add flour mixture; beat just until combined. Scrape into prepared pan. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until a tester inserted into center comes out clean. Brush with maple syrup and sprinkle with chopped cooked bacon.
 

justdoit19

Member
My DSIL and I both made this. Our bacon-PB-banana loving DHs (both retired Navy Tomcat guys) approved.

Elvis’ Bacon Banana Bread
(Parade Magazine, 11/2/2018)

Elvis's Favorite Banana Bread

By Jon Ashton
Ingredients

1¼ cups all-purpose flour
¼ cup whole-wheat flour
1 Tbsp peanut butter powder
1½ tsp baking powder
½ tsp salt
⅔ cup sugar
½ cup butter (1 stick), softened
2 Tbsp bacon fat, melted
2 large eggs
3 very ripe bananas, mashed
Maple syrup, for garnish
Cooked, crumbled bacon, for garnish
Directions

Preheat oven to 350°F. Grease an 8½ x 4½-inch loaf pan.

In a medium bowl, combine first 5 ingredients. In a large bowl, use an electric mixer to beat sugar and butter until creamy, about 2 minutes. Stir in bacon fat. Beat in eggs and bananas. Add flour mixture; beat just until combined. Scrape into prepared pan. Bake 45 to 55 minutes or until a tester inserted into center comes out clean. Brush with maple syrup and sprinkle with chopped cooked bacon.
Oh wow. Bacon fat AND butter? I bet that’s good! I’ve not ever seen bacon fat as an ingredient!!
 

Heatherg21

Member
Well, bacon should be in it's own food group. If you don't have a mason jar on your counter with bacon grease in it, you're doing it wrong. Perfectly cooked on a rack in the oven (with a pan for drippings, to be poured into aforementioned mason jar) until crisp. Like, could stand on it's own crisp, no wimpy bacon permitted. To change it up, 5 mins before it's done, take it out, gently brush with apricot preserves, finish in oven. Yum. Interestingly enough, with few exceptions I have found that I don't have anyone in my life that 1. doesn't like dogs, and 2. doesn't eat bacon. I find that I cannot trust them in general.
Can we now branch out and discuss other glorious forms of this delectable pig? Prosciutto (my favorite potato salad uses generous portions), pancetta, guanciale........I am hungry now, must go find bacon.
 
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