How to make Bacon.

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Re: How to make Bacon.

Post by Token » Fri Nov 17, 2017 7:17 am

FlyingMonkey wrote:
So few people realize how important that really is.
And we come back full circle to bacon.

Same holds true for heritage breed hogs.

Flavor and quality.

Each heritage breed has a unique flavor profile and fatty acid composition.

Then you add structure, how well they marble or are they lard pigs etc.

I can use identical methods to prepare bacon from different breeds or crosses and get wildly delightful variety in the flavor.

But the key is sustainable agriculture, where the animal is allowed to roam, forage, build real muscle.

The supermarket hog and cursed Cornish Cross chicken is a curse and insult that led to the all American bland palette.

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Re: How to make Bacon.

Post by A-RockLeFrench » Sat Nov 18, 2017 1:17 pm

Token wrote:
The supermarket hog and cursed Cornish Cross chicken is a curse and insult that led to the all American bland palette.
A-fucking-men brother.


What breeds you running on your ol hog farm there? Our last batch was red wattle x berkshire. You have boars and sows? Ever have weaners available?

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Re: How to make Bacon.

Post by Token » Sat Nov 18, 2017 2:03 pm

A-RockLeFrench wrote:
A-fucking-men brother.


What breeds you running on your ol hog farm there? Our last batch was red wattle x berkshire. You have boars and sows? Ever have weaners available?
100% Berkshire. Like mine slow grow on pasture and forage.

I have 5 breeding sows and one boar. I also have one sow that refuses to freshen and did a pseudo-pregnancy. Gonna give her till spring and then she goes to the freezer.

3 sows are mature and 3 will be freshens first time in spring. I try to space them out every 2-3 months so I have litters year round if the boar doesn’t outsmart me and bust through the hog panels.

I’ll have two sows in cycle for the 4H spring weaners.

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Re: How to make Bacon.

Post by A-RockLeFrench » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:34 am

So I fucked up and spaced out curing the Bacon until last night, so it likely won't be smoked by Xmas. But better late than never!

3 kinds this time, regular, hatch red chile and pepper n herbs. All with a dash of maple syrup.

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Re: How to make Bacon.

Post by A-RockLeFrench » Wed Dec 20, 2017 10:39 am

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