Cathy Isom tells us why today may be one of the tastiest National holidays of the year. That’s coming up on This Land of Ours.
It may be hard to argue that there is nothing in this world that doesn’t taste better with bacon. Whether it’s chocolate covered bacon, bacon cheeseburgers, maple bar doughnuts sprinkled with bacon bits, bacon wrapped steaks or tater tots, there’s even a bacon flavored chapstick. The origins of bacon stretches back into the middle ages, and ever since its been a popular method of preserving meat and adding a delicious flavor to it by soaking it in brine. Bacon is a favorite breakfast – lunch and dinner treat. People really do eat bacon at any time of day. It’s only fitting that every year on December 30th, during the holidays when we all tend to eat more, that Bacon gets its very own day. In the United States and Canada, bacon is made from the pork belly. Elsewhere in the world, the side and back cuts of pork are used. The meat is cured in either a salt brine or in a salt pack. It is then either dried, boiled or smoked. Some ways to celebrate Bacon Day – other than the obvious suggestion of eating bacon – include watching movies with Kevin Bacon – or the word Bacon in the title, sporting clothing with the word or graphic for bacon. Or giving and receiving gifts of bacon.