Tips Archive

Bacon and Vegetables

In many ways, bacon is generally considered to be the exact opposite of a vegetable. Not only is bacon a type of meat, but it is a particularly salty, fatty and delicious cut of meat. It is also a cured meat, which adds to both the flavour and texture of bacon. It’s not just it’s meatiness, but it’s indulgent qualities that make bacon seem to be the absolute antithesis of a vegetable.

However, bacon and veggies actually get along far better than one would expect! A loyal bacon fan need not pick one or the other to be truly happy. In fact, when the salt and crunch of bacon is contrasted against the freshness and clean taste of a veggie, the results are often delicious! Because we believe in peace and harmony here at the Republic of Bacon, we thought that is would be a great idea to take a look at some of the things that draw bacon and vegetables together.

Continue reading this article…

Bacon Recipes Kids Love

I was never a picky eater as a kid. I’d always eat whatever was put in front of me, from macaroni and cheese to barbequed octopus. I’d always order crazy things off the menu, and my parents learned to let me because I always cleaned my plate. My little brother, on the other hand, was a very different story. He was a very picky eater, selecting only foods that had very specific textures and often leaving his plate mostly empty. For most of a year I think he lived off of broccoli with cheese and chicken fingers.

While some kids are easier than others, cooking for children can be a challenge. Pickiness aside, their palate are very different from that of adults, tending to like blander food with bigger, simpler flavours. But cooking for kids doesn’t have to be a chore, and also doesn’t mean you have to make grilled cheese or fish sticks every single night until they’re old enough for college. Because if there’s one thing almost everyone loves, it is bacon, and including a little of this ingredient in a dish is sure to tempt even the pickiest kid.

Continue reading this article…

Scents of Bacon

Ah, the sweet smell of bacon. It’s a thing of beauty, no? The way the aroma curls seductively in your nostrils, making your stomach growl and your mouth water. The way that there are few more pleasant ways to wake up on a Sunday morning than to drift towards wakefulness, following the scent of bacon and coffee as someone makes breakfast in the kitchen. Whatever you may be cooking, it’s the moment that the bacon hits the pan, whether to crisp up to be crumbled over a salad or mingling with some onions and garlic as the base of a sauce, that someone in the next room is bound to exclaim, “wow, that sure smells great!” Bacon is unquestionably one of my favourite smells, and I am most definitely not alone in this preference.

Of course, there are some moments when cooking bacon just to enjoy the smell isn’t a practical choice, no matter how fragrant the results might be. As much as I’d like to say I am never too busy or too rushed to take the time and cook up a pan of bacon, sadly this is not the case. Luckily, there are ways that I can enjoy the sweet smell of bacon without heating the oven or getting out a cast-iron pan. Some enterprising bacontrepreneurs have put the time and energy into making some fantastic scented products that give you a bit of your bacon-aroma fix when you can’t quite manage to get yourself in front of the stove. Continue reading this article…

Making Bacon: Oven Vs. Skillet

If I asked you to close your eyes right now and picture someone preparing bacon, what would you imagine? For the vast majority of you, I bet that you are seeing in your mind’s eye someone heating a skillet and laying the streaky bacon strips in the pan, the fat bubbling and the sweet fat crisping up while you watch. I’m sorry, was that your stomach growling or mine?

Though this might be the most common conception of hoe bacon is made, there is another, equally delicious method for making bacon: baking it in the oven. While less popular, and less deeply ingrained on the average bacon-lover’s consciousness, this method is just as effective as sizzling bacon up in a pan. Continue reading this article…

What is Canadian Bacon?

Since a lot of this blog’s audience is Canadian and we have some Americans, we often get questions about this mysterious food product that circulates North of the 49th parallel, forever out of reach of our American bacon friends’ reach. What, exactly, is Canadian bacon?

Unfortunately, making things worse for our American friends is the fact that they have something already in their grocery departments that makes the absurd claim that it is Canadian bacon, but it’s actually something else entirely. Today, on the Republic of Bacon, we delve into this matter and try to pull out the juicy truth of it all. Follow us after the break as we tell you everything you’ve ever wanted to know about Canadian bacon. Continue reading this article…

The Four Best Bacon Candy Inventions Ever

If you are a dude who is reading this who has a significant other in his life, you’ve probably messed up Valentine’s Day somehow (please don’t let me be the only one!). Maybe the reservations for your restaurant didn’t work out. Maybe you bought flowers she’s allergic to (how was I suppose to know?). Or maybe you just forgot about the whole thing (I was eating bacon, I promise). Whatever you did, you probably need to make it up to your significant other. How can you do that? By buying some bacon-flavoured candy. My best bacon-candy suggestions follow after the jump.

Continue reading this article…

Can the George Foreman Grill Cook the Perfect Bacon?

In my previous posts about all the different bacon cooking methods, (Cooking Bacon in the Microwave, How to Bake Bacon in the Oven, Use a Machine Gun to Cook Bacon) I forgot to mention a popular one that actually has many advantages to it: making bacon on the George Foreman Grill (or similar home grilling machines). Why is cooking on this kinda awesome? Are there any drawbacks? Today, we’ll talk about how this underrated cooking method could actually save your bacon.

Continue reading this article…

Baconify Your Holiday Dinner

The big Holiday dinner is one time we really get to indulge. It’s also a time to pull out all the stops and impress. And bacon is always a great way to impress – it certainly impresses me! I’ve been looking for ways to add some bacon to your Holiday dinner, and I think I’ve come up with four great ways.

Bacon-wrapped Turkey

Image Provided by Chow

I think that if you are going to serve turkey, there’s no other way to serve it than wrapped in bacon. You don’t have to do anything special to the turkey – just wrap it in bacon before you cook it in the oven. The bonus to this method is that the bacon’s natural juices keep the turkey deliciously moist. With nearly magical powers like this, there’s always more room for bacon during the Holidays!

The folks at Chow have created this video to show you how to make a bacon-wrapped turkey dinner with pear gravy. They cook their turkey a bit first, but you don’t need to. Just watching it, I already feel a bacon-and-turkey coma starting to take over my brain. [Cue sounds of loud salivation.] Continue reading this article…

Delicious Uses for Leftover Bacon Grease

In olden days, when cooks used to be more careful about throwing anything away, a common sight on the kitchen counter next to the stove was a coffee can to hold bacon grease. Frugal (and smart!) cooks would then use the grease in various ways in their cooking.

Nowadays, most people don’t even think about keeping their bacon grease (Facebook comments are going to be buzzing about that statement). But since pouring it down the drain can clog it up, it’s probably a good idea to think about storing it, especially if you cook as much bacon as I do.

If you start storing your bacon grease, you should keep it in the fridge instead of on the counter. In the fridge, it’ll last for six months. If you freeze it, it will last longer – up to nine months. But trust me: if you do start keeping your bacon grease, you’ll find so many uses it for that you’ll probably run out faster than you can keep replenishing it. Continue reading this article…

Storing Your Precious Bacon – 5 Critical Tips

Like any food that needs to be kept fresh, you should always be careful storing raw bacon. Even if you don’t get sick, storing bacon wrong can definitely change its flavour – and you don’t want that. So here are some tips to remember when storing bacon. Continue reading this article…