One of my favorite television episodes of all time is from the Simpsons, titled Lisa the Vegetarian. Upon hearing the news, Homer asks Lisa if this means she will no longer eat bacon, declaring that it comes from a magical animal. That might be a bit much, but there's no denying that bacon does have a special place in our society.
For those who love bacon, this is a great recipe that turns ordinary pork belly into that mythical delicious food. Curing your own bacon actually is much healthier than buying it from the store for several main reasons:
- You don't need any preservatives
- You can buy organic or local meat for the curing
- It tastes much better than any store bought variety
With that, I present the five relatively easy steps toward making homemade bacon. You can eat it yourself or if you're feeling charitable, give it to someone as a gift. I guarantee they will remember it more fondly than any greeting card ever could. (That's right Hallmark, you've finally met your match.)