Recipe: Home Made Bacon

bacon

In 2012 I became obsessed with food – or more to the point – what was in it! After my 4yo was diagnosed with her corn allergy, I realised what a minefield it would be cutting it out of her diet. She isn’t anaphylactic allergic, but is much more than a little bit sensitive. She reacts in various ways even if she only has a small amount. It’s a bizarre thing to witness and a complete exclusion diet was our only chance of her ever losing the intolerance. Suffice to say I did a lot of experimenting in my kitchen that year, and one of my successes was home made bacon. Once you’ve made it yourself it’s hard to go back to shop bought!

bacon

Corn derived ingredients are everywhere, but are never listed under allergy advice on food labels – hence why it’s such a minefield (check this out for further details). The only way to know with absolute certainty that she isn’t having any is for the whole family to have a corn-free diet, and make almost everything from scratch. There are a handful of pre-made staples that I buy, but in the main they are few and far between. One of these ingredients that crops up way too much for my liking is ascorbic acid, also labelled Vitamin C. It’s an antioxidant, and is found in almost all pre-packed supermarket meat and other fresh products as it makes them last longer. This is another reason that we buy most of our meat in bulk now.

One of her favourite things to eat – bacon – became a big no no. So I watched some online tutorials, quizzed the lovely ladies on the meat stall at my local farmers market about the best cut to use, and learned how to make it myself. I was disheartened at first, as following a recipe to the letter for batch one produced a very salty end result, plus I didn’t cut it thin enough. Batch two was ok, but it was third time lucky for me. After getting the salt/sugar ratio spot on, batch three was sheer food heaven. I sharpened my best kitchen knife and sliced it to perfection too. As you can probably tell I’m rather proud of this little achievement.

How to make home made bacon

Ingredients:
500g piece of free range pork chap
4 tbsp crushed sea salt
4 tbsp unrefined dark muscovado sugar

bacon

Method:
– mix the salt and sugar together and put into a clean, sterilised, airtight jar

– wash the meat and dry thoroughly with kitchen paper then place in a large Tupperware box

– sprinkle a teaspoon of the salt and sugar over each side of the meat, then place in the fridge at an angle. This is to ensure the moisture released by the meat collects at the bottom of the box away from it

– 24 hours later drain the liquid from the bottom, and add another teaspoon of salt and sugar to each side of the meat

– repeat this for the next five days

– on the last day sharpen your big kitchen knife. Cut the very thick rind off the meat, then slice into thin strips (you can cook the rind separately)

– cook for a few mins on either side in a hot pan, and serve with other breakfast delights

26 thoughts on “Recipe: Home Made Bacon

  1. Bacon = food of the gods!! I never knew how to make it before though (I didn’t think I should tell Ross!!). I haven’t been to your blog since you changed it – it looks fab lovely lady πŸ™‚ Thank you for linking to PoCoLo πŸ™‚ x

  2. Great post! Will definitely give it a go as Jumpy reacts to bacon we buy in the shops and sliced ham as well, but she is fine when I cook a gammon. Pinning now! x Mel

  3. They say you learn something new every day and I have today – I love the idea of making this, but I’m not sure I have the patience!! Will continue to drool over yours!!

  4. I never realised you could make it yourself either. Things that take time and are from scratch are always better but you have to be properly dedicated. I applaud your resolve! Looks absolutely yummy. X

  5. After reading your post this morning, I think your hubby would be over the moon with this. Not sure it would be very nice for you as a vegetarian though my lovely xx

  6. Lots of good has come out of it really Rosie. I have been slowly moving towards (almost entirely) cooking from scratch for the last ten years, but this has really opened my eyes to all the unnecessary ingredients in even good quality pre-made food…

  7. Oh, my, goodness! I think my husband would literally be in heaven if I made this for him πŸ™‚ I’m so impressed, and truly a labour of love; to spend the time doing this so that you can all enjoy bacon. Really wonderful. Thanks so much for linking to #ThePrompt x

  8. I didn’t even know you could make your own bacon. I love the smell of it cooking but I’ve never been able to eat it myself, I was wondering if home made bacon tasted different? I really don’t think I’d have the patience to make it though.
    #PoCoLo

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