Ok, lets try this again..........
So, I read on a blog, that you could can bacon. I thought it was a good idea, and looked easy enough, but how would it taste?
So this weekend I decided to give it a try.
All you need to get started is the bacon, wide mouth quart jars and heavy paper like butcher paper, without the plastic side. Oh, and the pressure
cooker of course.
So, our bacon is pretty thick, it came from the butcher, not the grocery store.
Lay out a sheet of the butcher paper, about 2 foot wide.
Lay your bacon on the paper, and cover it with another sheet of the paper. (With this type of bacon, you won't want to go more than 8 slices wide,
or it won't fit in the jar.
Trim all the excess paper around the bacon.
Grab a yard stick, or something similar, and fold the bacon/paper in half, lengthwise.
Now, starting from one side, roll the bacon/paper as tight as you can, and put it in the jar.
Once I have 7 jars done, I load them in the canner. Do NOT add water to the jars!
The blog did not mention that if your like me and add extra water to a pressure cooker, just to be cautious, your jars are going to float!
So, I took out a bit, had enough to reach about 2 inches from the top of the jar, they were still leaning a bit, but that was ok.
So, sealed up the cooker, processed the jars for 90 minutes at 10 lbs. and waited for them to cool.
Here is what the jars will look like when done.
So, the big question, how does it taste?
I decided to bring a jar into work and fry it up. They are all bacon fanatics.
Here it is coming out of the jar.
It is coming apart a bit.
So, I fry it up. It only takes about 2 minutes per side, if you don't want it super crispy.
And here is the finished product.
Looks good, right?
So, first, we tried it right out of the jar. Doesn't really taste like bacon, more like smokey ham. Not bad, but not bacon!!!!
Well, everyone liked it cooked. I would give it an 8 out of 10. There was about 1/4 to 1/2 inch of juice in the jar below the grease line, so I
think that may have taken away some of the flavor. The whole office still smells like bacon, which makes people happy.
I will definitely be canning more. I don't want to lose 2 pigs worth of bacon if we lose power, which happens a lot in the spring, which is why I
can so much.
I am pleasantly surprised bacon turned out well canning, and hope you are as well!