Good morning Uncommon nation! Pete & Crystal has kindly allowed me to post some of our Paleo recipes on the main WOD site for easy access! I decided to make my first post all about the tastiest food on the planet!
Bacon has definitely gotten a bad rap! When people think bacon, clogged arteries & love handles come to mind, and I guess Homer Simpson. But, did you know that bacon is healthier than hotdogs, hamburgers & glazed donuts (duh!) in terms of salt, calories, fat & cholesterol. Bacon contains vitamins B1 & B12 (which helps anaemia and boost vitality), and also Zinc & Selenium (which are antioxidants that help boost your immunity). Pregnant women should also eat bacon. Choline, which is found in bacon, helps fetal brain development…plus in adults, it helps increase our intelligence and memory! Beware…bacon is addictive though. It actually contains 6 types of umami, which produces an addictive neurochemical response! Go figure!
When buying bacon, try to find bacon without nitrates and nitrites (cancer causing). If you can’t find any bacon like that, you can avoid the nitrates and nitrites in bacon by simply A.) not burning, charring, over cooking your bacon or by B.) baking your bacon in the oven! Further more, you can include some dairy and citrus to your bacon meal. The vitamins A, D, & E work to effectively prevent the conversion of nitrates and nitrates into dangerously toxic nitrosamines in the stomach, rendering them harmless to the body!
So, we only use thick cut bacon. Thick cut bacon is 1/8 inch, and you usually get 10-14 slices per pound. At Sam’s they sell 3.5 pounds of Wright’s thick cut bacon for $7.50! Unfortunetly, it does have nitrates/nitrites in it. (If you dont have a Sam’s card, and need us to by you bacon…let us know!). Crystal recommends the bacon from D&R Market, so you may want to check that out. I also try to get bacon that is evenly cut from end to end, which allows for uniformity when cooking! Here is how to cook a lot of bacon quickly with zero mess!!
The BEST way to cook bacon is…
In the oven!!
Preheat oven to 400 degrees, and grab your bacon from the fridge.
Line, liberally, a baking pan with aluminum foil. Lay as many of the thick cut bacon on the foil as the pan allows (typically 12 slices).
Once the oven is preheated, place the baking pan in the oven, and cook about 20-24 minutes (depending on your oven)! Cook bacon to your desire doneness. (I tend to slightly undercook the bacon, because when you reheat it in the microwave it will cook some more. Plus, I prefer my bacon on the chewy side.) Enjoy the wonderful aroma created during this stage!
After 20-24 mins, take the pan out of the oven, and drain the bacon grease into a large container. (You can put the grease in canning jars if you want to save the grease to cook with in the future. Just put it in the refrigerator). Remove the bacon from the baking pan, and put them on a paper towel lined plate to soak up any extra grease. Repeat process until you have cooked all your bacon.
Once cooled, place in a tupperware container, and store in the refrigerator for up to 2-3 weeks (like it will last that long!!). To eat…just place on a plate, and reheat in the microwave for 30 secs or so…or eat them cold!
Amee loves her bacon with almond butter on it! More recipes to come!!
Remember international bacon day is Aug 31st, 2013! Eat an extra helping of bacon on that day!
God bless and enjoy! Jeremiah.