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Monday, February 4, 2013

Hey What's Shakin' Bacon?




Ok, we don’t eat bacon very often, but we do make breakfast every weekend, so on occasion I buy a package.  

Now we all know bacon isn’t especially good for you – and I’m talking the American kind (i.e. streaky bacon for my overseas friends), not the nice little ham slice the rest of the world calls bacon.
 
Therefore this label that I took a picture of is not to tout how awful it is that 75% of the calories are from fat.  Bleh….  Of course this shouldn’t be surprising, because when you look at a slice of bacon before you cook it – is indeed 75% fat.

No, what is hard to see, but it is there in black and white is the fact that ONE slice of bacon is a serving.

I’m sorry what?  Did you say ONE?  Then why are there 17 slices in a bag?  Do you think we have seventeen house guests over for breakfast in the morning? 

I just don’t understand how that can be? American bacon cooks up all small, curly and crispy – literally two bites worth each piece.  It’s a little salty piece of rarely enjoyed happiness.

Grocery store bought bacon is not something that you can peel a slice off here and there and use at will.  It comes all schmooked together in a non-resealable shrink wrap kind of package.   
Basically it's a sliced block of meat.

It doesn’t “keep” in the refrigerator for very long.  Plus, if you freeze it – that’s pretty much it, once frozen - it’s a frozen solid block of bacon.  You have to cook it apart. 
 
Always thought I was doing a good thing when we brought a package home – we always saw the package in two, one half goes in a zip-lock and is popped in the freezer for future use, the other half gets cooked up for breakfast. 

Now you are telling me that even after the package is cut in half, we are eating enough bacon for 8.5 people?  Along with the eggs, potatoes, toast and coffee??? 

Fine, I’ve always had a giant appetite – breakfast for eight it is (or is that breakfast for four and a quarter if there are two of us?) I just wish I didn’t actually know the fact that ONE slice is a serving.  I think people gain weight when they are aware the servings are too big or there are too many calories – and if you are oblivious to those facts, well than nothing happens.  It’s a good system, I like it - works for me.

But now, now I know that a tiny slice of bacon = one serving. The label says "Skillet Cooked" - uhh, does that make a difference, whether it is microwaved, oven cooked or pan fried?  No one is ever eating this stuff raw....

Just curious, anyone – did anyone out there know this???  One?  Unbelievable…. One little curly bacon piece – all alone.  Bacon should have friends, look how happy the three slices below look.

I suppose you could go to the butcher and ask for one slice - they might think you're nuts, but it is an option.  Take a number, wait in line, step up to order - Ah yes, I'd like one slice of Maple Hickory Smoked Bacon Please - oh yes, that will do it for today, thank you.

One is a lonely number, One can never have fun, One is a lonely number, One is always on its own…. (George Harrison)