Celebrate International Bacon Day With A Sizzle
Save the date. Saturday, September 3 is International Bacon Day. According to a survey commissioned by duBreton, all-Canadian farming trailblazer and North America’s number one producer of Certified Humane® pork, Canadians have every reason to hold sizzling celebrations.
The survey reveals that more than 90% of Canadians enjoy bacon. Of these, 80% prefer their bacon to be cooked all the way through, crispy and able to eat with their hands. Another 6% want their bacon soft and chewy while 5% love it really cooked, charred and crumbly. However you like it, the experts at duBreton offer these tips to cook perfect bacon every time:
1. Start with duBreton bacon. Available in Smoked or Black Forest Smoked, these generous slices of naturally smoked bacon are made with no added nitrites or nitrates from Certified Humane Raised and Handled® pork.
2. Take the bacon out of the fridge five minutes before cooking to soften the fat.
3. Don’t wait for the pan or oven to preheat. Bacon cooks best when brought up slowly from room temperature.
4. Cook bacon strips in a single layer and avoid crowding the pan.
5. Use a mesh splatter guard if the bacon is popping and splashing. It will allow steam and air to escape while helping trap grease.
6. Lay cooked bacon on a paper towel to remove excess grease and gently pat the top with another paper towel. The hotter the bacon, the thinner the grease, which will make it easier to remove.
7. Never pour bacon grease down the drain as it can cause a clog when it cools. Save the excess grease in a glass jar. It will lend a rich, smoky taste to any meal and can be used in place of butter, lard or cooking oil.
Visit dubreton.com for more #duBretonDelicious bacon recipes and to watch Dana McCauley, Food Trend Expert, make bacon-wrapped scallops with maple cream coulis, as shown on the opposite page.