Bacon seems to be everywhere these days. From cupcakes to tattoos to salads to air freshners (seriously, it's a thing), the breakfast staple has found it's way to many other parts of our lives....and I'm all for it. Whomever is handling marketing for the pork industry is doing a fabulous job.
According to my research, the origins of bacon vary. On source dates bacon back to the Saxon era in the 1st millennium AD. Bacon (spelled bacoun at the time) was a Middle English term that referenced various cuts of pork specific to a particular region. It was a catch-all for their pig products. It later evolved to the specific cut of pork belly we know. Another source indicates that the word is derived from the Old High German bacho, meaning "buttock", "ham" or "side of bacon". Only history knows for sure. Whatever its etymology, bacon sure is good.
If there is a patron saint of bacon, I think it's Homer Simpson. His affinity for bacon and other pork products was demonstrated in a conversation he had with his daughter Lisa about all the things she'd give up if she became a vegetarian. While I support vegetarianism, I have heard that bacon is a cure.
Homer knows a magical animal when he tastes it. Following his lead, Apothecary Spices is also getting into the bacon craze. After extensive product testing with family over the holidays, I'm happy to add two new blends to the Store--Red Bacon Salt and Black Bacon Salt. More wicked goodness for your pantry.
Red bacon salt is a blend of bacon crumble and red Hawaiian sea salt. Hawaiian sea salt has always been a favorite salt. It's salty without overwhelming your pallet. The red color comes from clay minerals that get trapped in the salt crystals as they form. The clay adds to the salt's iron content, a mineral essential to the body. The sea salt in the black bacon salt combines bacon crumble with sea salt made using charcoal made from coconut shells. The charcoal gives it its black color and makes it smokier than red clay salt. Both Hawaiian sea salts are made through solar evaporation.
I hope you enjoy the bacon salts. Some uses my family has listed so far:
- salad topping
- ice Cream topping
- mixed into pancake batter
- sprinkled on mashed or baked potato
- seasoning breakfast tacos
- bacon cheese quesadillas
- bacon grilled cheese
- soup topping
- bacon ranch dressing
- seasoning roasted vegetables
Take it to restaurants with you and you'll find a ton of other uses. If you have other ideas, feel free to email me at firstname.lastname@example.org