Sizzling stories about bacon
Bacon is a classic item found on breakfast plates. Yet how it came to be so celebrated is not well known. Here are a few unusual facts and stories about this famous variety of meat!
As you may already know, bacon is merely cured pork. The technique that was created to preserve pork longer, along with the cooking method that locks in its flavour, was invented in China, around 1500 B.C. At that time, it wasn’t called bacon. The Romans used a similar method for what they called petaso.
Bacon holds a quasi-religious following among its zealots. The food has its own patron saint, Anthony the Great. Legend holds that he became the patron saint of butchers after adopting a pig as his pet animal. There is also an officially sanctioned Church of Bacon in the United States. Praise bacon!
Industrial production of bacon began in the late 18th century thanks to a special brining solution called the Wiltshire cure. Bacon became a staple product and has been popular ever since. So much so, that during World War II, as part of the American Fat Salvage Committee, the U.S. government encouraged households to save bacon fat, which it used to make explosives!
Bacon also reached cosmic status in the years following World War II. Members of the Apollo space program could select food that they wanted for their journey into space. The Apollo 11 team decided to bring bacon with them to the moon. Bacon, it’s truly out of this world!