© 2020 Farmison & Co, All Rights Reserved. Broiled bacon on the left; griddled on the right. The only problem is that the British have got bacon all backwards. The curing method is not universal -- my only experience was with American bacon, using a dry cure of salt, sugar, spices, and pink salt. Because pigs are butchered differently here than in the UK, my strategy was to find a butcher who sold thick-cut bone-in pork chops and simply ask them to leave me a whole 2-pound piece of the loin they are normally cut from (but with the bone removed). The flavour of sweet chili is subtle and even throughout. It is thinly sliced, lightly smoked and traditionally dry cured ready to ‘cook up crispy’, perfect for that American style burger. Frances Slade and Hillary Cuttell, the owners of the boaters on the side table, are chuckling at one of the essay-length descriptions the "artisanal makers" have offered with their bacon. I borrowed a brine recipe from the indispensible Charcuterie by Michael Ruhlman and Brian Polcyn. Its fat rendered just enough to lubricate the rest of the rasher, and the whole piece took on a mouthwatering golden outside. Vocabulary was my first problem: their bacon is "grilled," which actually means broiled; they refer to pieces of bacon as "rashers," but only if it's a certain type of bacon; the cut that actually looks like American bacon is called "streaky," and whether you choose rashers or streaky says things not only about your tastes, but your economic standing. Farming and butchery has been their life. Two straw boaters lie, somewhat unbelievably, on a side table. I have become acquainted with rindless bacon, streaky and back, beer bacon that tastes like peanuts, maple bacon and a rasher that smells like a pack of Silk Cuts. Independent Premium Comments can be posted by members of our membership scheme, Independent Premium. It would be fair to describe the atmosphere in the room rented for the occasion from Harper Adams University as "languid". Copyright © 2015 Broadland Hams (Norfolk) Ltd - All Rights Reserved. A nicer slice: Judges inspect the bacon at the Bacon Connoisseur Week Awards, Writer Samuel joins the judges at the Bacon Connoisseur Week Awards, What's the secret of a really tasty rasher, whether it's for a sandwich or to to add some sizzle to your stew? The existing Open Comments threads will continue to exist for those who do not subscribe to Independent Premium. }(document, 'script', 'facebook-jssdk')); If you've been reading the site lately, you may have been following Nick on his rather strange quest to recreate a full English breakfast from scratch (his first project was the British banger sausage ). "This sweet-chilli rasher is shapely and uniform with neat ends and it has an even pink colour with no little red dots." "Our sole aim," says Slade, pulling at her Mrs Thatcher-style handbag, "is to increase the consumption of British pork and ham. Whether it is dry-cured (hand-rubbed with a salt mixture, vacuum-packed and left for at least five days) or wet-cured (soaked in a brine mixtures for two days), we are looking for the same thing, he says. They don't traditionally use the familiar bacon cut we know and love in the U.S., and there is a ton of conflicting information out there on the subject. permalink; embed; save; krugerlive 0 points 1 point 2 points 10 years ago * (15 children) you can see if BaconFreak will ship to London. Blake and Nick live in Chicago and have written for The Paupered Chef and other publications since 2006. All Content Copyright © Nick Kindelsperger and Blake Royer. Italian Style Pancetta, Smoked for Aromatic Cooking, 01765 82 40 50 Both UK and US style bacon. Other flavorings and spices are certainly welcome at this stage: juniper berries, bay leaves, coriander seed, etc. Pork chops with the bone removed but all the fat untrimmed (not the boring pale medallions of meat with no fat) is essentially the cut we're after. COOKED CRISPY BACON. Due to the sheer scale of this comment community, we are not able to give each post the same level of attention, but we have preserved this area in the interests of open debate. Only when the bacon comes out and one of the experts, a pig-farmer's wife who may or may not have escaped from a Thomas Hardy novel, calls out "get stuck in" do the eyes go down and the as-yet-uncooked pork sides receive fit and proper attention. var js, fjs = d.getElementsByTagName(s)[0]; Burger King UK launches burger containing entire pack of bacon ; Anjali Prastertong is a former private chef and graduate student in nutrition. But then this product, so peculiar to the British Isles, and so widely copied abroad, has always been of great importance to our diet. Then you take your pick. Our cures range from traditional salt blends to sweet cures developed in close collaboration between our Master Butchers and chefs, to ensure rich bacon, with plenty of flavour. There are about eight people in the room. American bacon is invariably made from the belly of the pig, which is not actually its stomach but the fat-streaked padding on the side of the animal. "The end where the muscle is always tastes better than the loin because of the marbling of fat, so you have that bit," says Fisher. Create a commenting name to join the debate, There are no Independent Premium comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts, There are no comments yet - be the first to add your thoughts. AMERICAN STYLE COOKED CRISPY BACON. I have been paired with so-called "baconologist" Keith Fisher, a fourth-generation master butcher in a jaunty blue fedora. That's why it's a very lean cut, and is reminiscent of slices of ham. "Hold it up – it should look like a silk curtain.". fjs.parentNode.insertBefore(js, fjs); The end result is a very simple recipe: hunk of pork, mix brine ingredients, submerge for 3-4 days, and it's ready. The UK has been free of pig tethers and stalls for 15 years now and British pig farmers don't have it financially easy.". Canadian bacon is a product you might see in the U.S. from time to time. It is quite beautiful, staring up at us from its paper plate. Our journalists will try to respond by joining the threads when they can to create a true meeting of independent Premium. But I managed to make my way through the muck and have emerged with a firm grasp on what seems to be a confounding set of opinions and methods attached to the word "bacon." But when Nick proposed that I take over the homemade bacon portion of the project, I leapt at the opportunity to contribute. American style bacon is a perfect ingredient for ‘American diner’ type outlets, restaurants, hotels, pubs, deli shops and wholesale caterers. Morrisons old-fashioned cure British back bacon, from Cranswick Gourmet Bacon, Midland Bacon's Wiltshire cured back bacon flavoured with sweet chilli, Cheerbrook Quality Farm Foods' traditional dry cured back bacon. The Government recommends we only eat 70g a day, or about two rashers (though a subsequent report in the journal BMC suggests eating only a third of that). It’s traditionally dry cured with no water so it’s perfectly crispy and incredibly tasty when cooked. Our bacons are made exclusively from native breed hogs and prepared in a variety of ways, cut in the English fashion with characteristic rind, or in the American style with distinctive layering of meat and belly fat. It is thinly sliced, lightly smoked and traditionally dry cured ready to ‘cook up crispy’, perfect for that American style burger. Steaming boxes of curry came here and there; trays piled high with meats of all types tottered on finger tips. They are part of a group called Ladies in Pigs, they tell me, as the bacon is taken away and a light fruit-and-cheese lunch appears. Retail packs stocked in selected convenience stores. Read honest and unbiased product reviews from our users. AMERICAN STYLE. "We aren't saying eat bacon like a chop. I had skipped breakfast and I had purchased a large bottle of water for the ride home. This item: American Style Bacon (AKA Oscar Mayer), 3 x 200g £16.95 (£28.25 / 1 kg) Sent from and sold by Fine Food Specialist. The broiled bacon developed a nice char and was certainly pleasant, but I noticed that much of the fat and drippings fell into the roasting pan. It is as simple as they come, which was how I wanted it. "I was chairman for 12 years," says Slade, "so gave up one or two days more than that. For 1/2 gallon of brine, which nicely covered my piece of meat, I used 1/2 cup kosher salt, 1/2 cup sugar (combination of white and brown), and 3/4 ounce pink curing salt. Between Fisher and I there is perfect harmony. Samuel Muston joins the experts in a competition to pick Britain's finest, Find your bookmarks in your Independent Premium section, under my profile. "Sort of like in the 'fashion fades, only style remains' sort-of-way," I offer. Whether cured, smoked, or air dried, our bacon promises large rashers of full flavoured bacon. js = d.createElement(s); js.id = id; Keith examines the meat before him – and the other 29 rashers which will follow this today – the way a man might examine a diamond.

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