A few weeks ago while at my local farmer’s market, I had just about finished all my produce shopping when I stopped by the Prather Ranch stall to off-set all those healthy purchases. They’re known for having great meat, and I’m a huge fan of their bacon. Not too smoky, cut just right. Usually I just grab whatever package of bacon they have up front, but this time I took a little more time, looking passing over a few until I ferreted out the one I wanted. There was a woman next to me, clearly watching what I was doing, and it was a damn proud moment when the butcher ringing me up noted (without irony, I’ll have you know), “good choice.”

So, how can you determine good bacon for yourself and earn the respect of butchers and fellow shoppers alike? Easy, go for the meat.

The way you buy bacon is basically the opposite of how you’d buy other meat. When you go to your butcher’s counter, you want more marbling through the muscle, a lot of fat to flavor the meat. Bacon goes the other way. While so much of the goodness of bacon comes from its really high fat to meat ratio, you don’t want a really fatty bite all the way through.

Take your average example of raw bacon provided to you by a quick photo search.

Ew.
badbacon

All that fat. All that whiteness. All it’s going to do is cook away and leave you with just a few little bites to chew on. It shrivels down to nothing and leaves a whole lot of grease in the pan. Great for rendering fat, not so great for eating.

Now instead, take another image from that same search. This bacon? This is what you want to get. A whole lot of meat that’s going to cook up and just enough fat to bring it all together.

So, next time you’re at the farmer’s market or the regular market or your corner bacon store (let me dream, damn it), don’t be shy about opting for the meatiest bacon you can find. It’ll be worth it.

goodbacon


6 Responses to “Buying Great Bacon”

  1. Andrea Pelley Says:
    February 8th, 2010 at 4:14 pm

    Really great post/article really informative.

  2. Romelia Cossin Says:
    December 14th, 2010 at 5:53 am

    Great post, I believe website owners should learn a lot from this blog its real user genial .

  3. infrastructure maintenance Says:
    May 2nd, 2011 at 6:29 am

    Ive been meaning to read this and just never acquired a chance. Its an issue that Im pretty interested in, I just started reading and Im glad I did. Youre a wonderful blogger, 1 of the best that Ive seen. This blog unquestionably has some info on topic that I just wasnt aware of. Thanks for bringing this things to light.

  4. fix my slow pc Says:
    June 18th, 2011 at 5:07 pm

    Do you have a spam problem on this website; I also am a blogger, and I was wanting to know your situation; many of us have created some nice methods and we are looking to trade solutions with others, please shoot me an email if interested.

  5. Freeman Says:
    August 15th, 2011 at 3:26 am

    I have read some good stuff here. Certainly value bookmarking for revisiting. I surprise how much effort you put to create such a wonderful informative site.

  6. Amelia Jury Says:
    September 15th, 2011 at 8:40 am

    the following Buying Great Bacon has set aside me when I say alot of time in wanting a genuinely fine scan

Leave a Reply

Friday, December 4th, 2009 and is filed under How to's, bacon. You can follow any responses to this entry through the RSS 2.0 feed. You can leave a response, or trackback from your own site.
Next and Previous Posts