the bacon comparison store bought bacon on the left, homemade bacon on the right
Bacon prices have risen over 18% in the last year to an all time high of over $6 per pound.  The high prices haven’t reduced our desire for the smokey delicacy

High bacon prices nationwide are making headlines.  The spike in prices can be attributed to the PEDv virus (more info on that here) that has killed a huge number of piglets, as well as drought conditions in some pork producing states.

One way to reduce the cost of bacon is to   learn how to cure and smoke your own bacon, you will not be sorry.  

Making your own bacon is time consuming, but very simple. Just cure some pork belly in your fridge for 5-7 days then smoke it for a few hours. It's that easy
Making your own bacon is time consuming, but very simple. Just cure some pork belly in your fridge for 5-7 days then smoke it for a few hours. It’s that easy. Click here for the full recipe 

And after you make your own bacon you can put it on everything…like these fried oysters>here’s a link to the recipe

The finished bacon and fried oyster dish
Bacon and fried oysters…so delicious

or put some bacon on your popcorn>Here’s the recipe

Bacon kettlecorn with rosemary. Oh yes I did. A little salty sweet herbal and bacony goodness
Bacon kettlecorn with rosemary. Oh yes I did. A little salty sweet herbal and bacony goodness

Make a great appetizer with bacon and potatoes for your next party. Here’s the recipe for Bacon and Kale Potato Cakes

potato cake, appetizer, kale, broccoli, bacon, Chinese soup spoons
I created this little app out of the potato scraps from another recipe and some stuff I found when I raided the fridge at Cooks Warehouse. Waste not want not…and eat well. This is a kale, broccoli and potato cake with bacon.
You can pretend to be healthy by adding lots of greens to your bacon
You can pretend to be healthy by adding lots of greens to your bacon

BACON, SPAGHETTI AND GREENS

1 pound spaghetti

1/2 Pound of Thick sliced bacon

2 cloves of minced garlic

8 ounces kale

8 ounces steamed broccoli

8 ounces spinach

2 ounces grated Parmesan cheese

red pepper flakes, to taste (optional)

Cook spaghetti according to package directions.

Cut bacon into 1/4 inch pieces and saute over medium heat to render the fat.  Remove the bacon and reserve until the end of the recipe.

Over low heat add the minced garlic and cook for 30 seconds.  Add kale and saute until wilted.  Add broccoli and spinach and cook until the spinach is wilted.  Toss in the spaghetti and serve with Parmesan and red pepper flakes.

 

2 Comments

2 Comments on We’re gonna put BACON on EVERYTHING!

    • sweetsavant
      August 5, 2014 at 12:57 pm (5 years ago)

      Thanks so much for the compliment. I really appreciate it.

      Reply

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