Bacon’s history Dates Back Thousands Of Years to 1500 B.C. in which the Chinese were curing pork bellies with salt, creating an early form of bacon, although pigs were domesticated in China in 4900 B.C. and were also being raised in Europe by 1500 B.C. Speculation exists that the Romans and Greeks learned bacon production and curing through conquests in the Middle East. The Romans improved pig breeding and spread pork production throughout their empire.
– The process of making bacon hasn’t really changed all the much in the hundreds of years it’s been in production! That’s hard to believe, considering how cooking technologies have evolved over time.
– Between 2001 and 2009, bacon consumption rose 25%! And in recent years, that number keeps growing 2-3% every year.
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- Americans eat almost 18 pounds of bacon a year, and considering how many people have pork-free dietary restrictions (due to religion, vegetarianism, or taste preferences), some bacon eaters are scarfing down way more than that figure. According to the National Pork Board, between 2001 and 2009, bacon volume in food services grew by almost 25%. There was an annual growth rate of 2.4% from 2011 to 2013.
- “Posts about bacon were pretty much guaranteed to attract eyeballs,” Bhasin said. “We wrote about bacon enough to spawn Bacon Insider, a parody page on Business Insider.”
- serving and salting pork bellies began in China around 1500 B.C. The Greeks and Romans kept up the tradition.
- BLT (Bacon, Lettuce and Tomato) sandwiches became popular after World War II, when supermarkets expanded, making fresh lettuce and tomatoes available year round.
- In 1924, Oscar Mayer patented the first packed, sliced bacon.
- 11 percent of a standard pig’s weight is bacon. A 200 pound pig will yield roughly 20 pounds of bacon, depending on the butchering process.
- Burford Butler of Jackson, Tennessee, in 1933 owned the heaviest hog ever recorded. The Poland China pig, named Big Bill, weighed 2,552 pounds and measured 9 feet long with a belly that dragged the ground.
- The average American eats 17.9 pounds of bacon per year
- International Bacon Day on the Saturday before Labor Day
- Bacon goes through a very specific processing method before you actually get to eat it. Usually, the pig meat used in the bacon is cured through very high quantity of salt.
- After curing it with salt, a food manufacturer may decide to process it three ways – they can boil it, dry the bacon in cold air or smoke it.
- As for nutrition, 20 grams of bacon might contain 5.4 grams fat and 4.4 grams protein. If you’re eating four pieces of bacon, this means you are having around 800 mg sodium and 1.92 grams salt.
- Bacon is generally a compulsory part of English breakfast. It’s served with eggs and sausages.
- Over two billion pounds of bacon is made in the U.S.A each year.
- Bacon is one of the oldest meats in history. (The first signs of bacon were around 1500 B.C.)
- Bacon is healthier than hot dogs, hamburgers and glazed donuts in terms of salt, calories, fat and cholesterol.
- A 200-pound pig will produce approximately 20 lbs. of bacon. Bacon contains vitamin B1, B12, and Zinc.
- A man named Chuck once proposed to his girlfriend with bacon. He cooked four pieces of bacon in the shape of a heart and then placed the ring in a box in the center of the bacon heart.
- Bacon-cured pork loin is commonly called back bacon
- A quote by Thomas Jefferson- I had rather be shut up in a very modest cottage with my books, my family, and a few old friends, dining on simple bacon, and letting the world roll on as it liked, than to occupy the most splendid post. (He was a great man.)
- In the U.S., bacon often comes from pork belly. In other countries, bacon comes from back or side cuts.
- Bacon is treated for trichinella, a parasitic roundworm, which is destroyed by cooking, smoking, freezing, or drying.
- Bacon is used in lots of alcoholic beverages, such as bacon vodka.
- Beef, turkey, chicken, lamb and even goat may be used to make bacon
- In a 2009 British survey conducted by onepoll.com, men preferred the smell of bacon and petrol to the smell of a newborn baby.
- The word “bacon” comes from the German word bacho, which means buttock.
- A T-shirt saying said: I’d be a vegetarian if bacon grew on trees.
- Cottage bacon is lean pork that is thinly sliced from the shoulder. It is usually cut into oval or round pieces.
- In 2009, a man created an AK-47 assault rifle replica out of bacon. Also known as the BA-K-47, it took eight hours to make
- During the Middle Ages in England, beans and bacon were a staple for the poor.
- During the 1500s, the Spanish gave Native Americans pigs as peace offerings, knowing the natives liked the taste of pork.
- Pancetta is cured or pickled Italian bacon that is not smoked.
- April is National BLT month