Saturday, January 28, 2012

It's Bacon- First Tastes from our Curing


It's BACON everyone! We have to let the bacon we processed sit unwrapped in the fridge for a couple of days but decided to have a sneak preview tasting and guess what- it's good! This time is was just cured and not smoked which I believe I prefer.


My husband did a quick skillet fry. Look how meaty!


This was thick cut since he used a knife but when the rest of it is ready we can put it through the slicer to make it whatever thickness we want.

He's going to smoke the jowls and hocks today. More to come!

9 comments:

The Little Way said...

Wow, I love bacon and that looks first-rate. I noticed that every thing tastes better with bacon. I know it's not the healthiest thing, but for an occasional treat, I fry chicken in bacon fat and I have found that I can everyone to eat cabbage if I sautee it in bacon, too. Enjoy!

Lisa said...

How delicious that looks! My mouth is watering. I am looking with a couples of gals to buy half a cow and whole pig for butchering. We are looking for a pasture fed cow and hog raised ono a family farm. I hope to have some good bacon like yours!
Lisa

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Yes! The only reason I will eat the cabbage casserole we make is because it's full of bacon!

Mooberry Farmwife said...

How nice, Kathy. We *hope* to raise our first pigs on our homestead next year.... for now, we enjoy a freezer pig we purchased from our butcher.

The bacon looks fantastic!

Candy C. said...

I just love bacon and yours looks exceptionally yummy! How fun to be enjoying all your hard work!

Wanna be farm girl said...

LOVE bacon!! I have been avoidng it because of the nitrates...but this gives me hope!

Kathy Felsted Usher said...

Well . . . . nitrites/nitrates are in the cure- it's like salt peter. Nitrites keep the pink color and helps to prevent disease in food borne illnesses; however, you can use non nitrite cure but it won't be as pink, more an off color brown. You might have to use kosher salt but I'd really look carefully because I don't know how to do that.

Tamatha Mavraides said...

Ok, Homemade bacon sounds just amazing!!! We just got a smoker to make bacon and hams... Great post. It looks great.

Megan @ Restoring the Roost said...

How wonderful to have your own home-raised bacon! Yummy :)