Healthy Eating! How to cure your own bacon.

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Those of you who know me are well aware of my aversion to anything processed and ham/ bacon is no exception to that rule. The ham you purchase from the shops is just slimy, and not nice at all….The bacon of doubtful origins at best especially where I live now…In the Uk you could get some lovely home cured kinds of bacon and hams not so here or if there is I have not found them….I have also been experimenting with various different ways which may be more healthy…

Bacon contains nitrates which some have an aversion to using or it causes headaches and other adverse symptoms.

Today I am using celery juice..just put in the juicer and out the other side and viola this lovely vibrant green juice.

Now celery also contains nitrates but they are naturally occurring although for some may still cause headaches if your aversion is to chemicals then celery may be a better way to cure your bacon.

I used 2 Kilo’s Pork Belly.

For every Kilo of Pork use I used:

  • 2 parts rock salt to 1 part sugar.
  • 4 cloves garlic.
  • 2 bay leaves
  • A bunch of Lemon Thyme.
  • 20/30 Mustard Seeds,
  • 12 Pepper Corns,
  • Celery Juice as required to make the mix damp.

Method:

Finely slice bay Leaves and lightly crush with other spices in Pestle & Mortar.

Combine with Sugar and Salt and mix with liberal amounts of celery juice until damp.

Rub into Pork.Belly pork rubbed with garlic and lemon thyme

Place Pork in a sealed container or bag ( I used a brining bag). Turn halfway through the week. That is why I like using brining bags as it is much easier to turn the meat over.

Store in the fridge for 5 Days.

After 5 days remove the belly pork and wash thoroughly.

Cook in oven @ 100C for 2 hours. Cool and slice.Home cured belly Streaky bacon

It also looks lovely and pink ( no grey) which means the natural nitrates in the celery juice had worked their magic.

All I need now is a home-made smoker and some lovely flavoured woods. Maybe use some maple syrup, honey, someone suggested coffee..some nice tea springs to my mind so many options…A different blend of herbs or cut of meat..

Have you made your own bacon and if you did what did you use?

Now the tester…How will it taste?

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It smells like bacon, looks like bacon and made a lovely sandwich….  Before you say yes I cut it thinly and no not everyone in the household likes it like that but the beauty of making your own is everyone can have their bacon sliced to their own requirements …How cool is that?

If you start experimenting now you can have some lovely home cured bacon for Christmas or as a lovely present for someone you love …

Next week I will give you the recipe for my home cured ham…

Until then stay safe, have fun and laugh a lot and as you know and if you don’t THEN you have not been reading my posts to the end ….Laughter is proven medically to be the best medicine and it is FREE!

 

 

 

 

31 thoughts on “Healthy Eating! How to cure your own bacon.

    1. blondieaka Post author

      Thank you not bad for a first attempt…I think next time I will use more herbs and maybe have a play with some maple syrup but I was really pleased how well it worked. Smoking is going to be my next project…

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      1. blondieaka Post author

        Yes, so will I ….I am going to get my other half to build me one and have a go….I have seen it done my uncle has a huge one..but he lives in the US and I have watched him so although mine will be much smaller it must be the same principle. I love smoked bacon, not Ham so much…But it will be well documented on here…

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  1. Doctor Jonathan

    Personally, I never acquired a taste for ham products, but this is certainly the way to go for those enjoying bacon. Preparing one’s own food limits the artificial ingredients and provides greater options for customizing taste and flavor. This looks like a winning recipe for those bacon lovers!

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      Thank you very much…There certainly is no contest as reguards to most of the store bought options …I wouldn’t blame anyone for not wanting to partake in any of those..I believe you can eat most things if you make it yourself with little danger of harm..moderation of course..is also a factor..my next post on ham may surprise you and many others though…

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      It is only one part sugar and sometimes you need sugar together with the other ingredients for the rest to work…Is it because you are diabetic or because you are cutting out sugar ? If it is beacuse you are diabetic I will research curing for you 🙂

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    1. blondieaka Post author

      Wear gloves…I think most processes are simpler than we think..I am still experimenting with this but that is what it is all about isn’t it?Finding something which suits your individual palate..I want to try smoking as I do like smoked meats…I just like experimenting with flavours..

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