Let me first start off by saying that I don’t eat pork.
I stopped eating pig when I was about 12 because, well, I wanted a pet pig. I know it sounds silly, but you can’t eat what you call a pet. If I had a cow, I would call it Stew, and I would eat it, but I wouldn’t train it to do fun things, walk it every day or let it sit on the couch. It’s different. Anyway, since I stopped eating it, I have completely lost the taste for it, and, since Robert Pickton, it just kind of grosses me out.
I dedicated this one to my Mom, because I’m sure it was a huge hasstle for her at times. Once she was trying to impress a boyfriend with a fancy roast beef dinner – yorkshire puddings and the whole bit. She also wrapped the roast in bacon, managing to quickly pull it off and throw it in the trash before I could see, probably thinking that I wouldn’t be able to tell the difference. She thought wrong and I was angry. She also really likes bacon.
Last week at the Farmers market a woman was selling beef bacon. I didn’t buy any on my first visit, but was really curious. I have eaten turkey bacon, and anyone else who has knows that it’s not bad, but it has a kind of spongey, dry texture that doesn’t really cut it. So, on Saturday I went back to the market and picked up a small package. When I asked about it, the woman told me that it was done in the same way as pork bacon: cured etc. (I’m sure turkey bacon is too, but only after being ground, seasoned, processed, and squished into bacon looking slices). I paid about 4 dollars for my tiny little packet, which contained 4 large slices. A little pricey, but in the name of trying something new, and the fact that it was unmedicated, free range, grass fed beef, not too bad.
Tonight I was craving breakfast, so I pulled out the pan and gave it a go.
When I took it out of the bag it just looked like a really thin slice of steak (which makes sense, really, and it’s nice to know that what you’re eating actually looks like what you’re eating). It bubbled and got all warpy like I remember bacon doing, cooked fairly quickly, and smelled yummy. It even kind of tasted a bit like bacon.. which threw me off at first. It wasn’t a super porky taste, just a familiar one. Debra (my room mate) tried a bit and said that she tasted a hint of shrimp. Interesting. The texture was a really nice break from the turkey style. It was chewy, but not beef jerky chewy. It was also nice and fatty (I will happily admit that I am okay with fatty foods.. I loves me some butter on toast). All in all I would call it a success, and would happily buy it again.