Every so often I make a pasta bake and one of the ingredients I used is bacon. However, being mindful about having too much fat I cut this off before chopping it and dry frying it.
I have long resented the fact that meat and bacon, in particular, is packaged in such a way that the amount of fat is skillfully hidden! Embee would love me to cook the fat until it is really crisp and tasty; and whilst I might agree it is definitely not good for our expanding waistlines so this treat is rare!
I decided to take a look at the amount of fat I was actually paying for but throwing away.
Sometimes I use basic bacon pieces and yes they are cheap so you might say you get what you pay for and you would expect it to be fatty!
However, I couldn't believe I was actually throwing away over a quarter!
The next time I made the same dish I decided to go for a quality bacon and it looked reasonably lean in the package. Not so; when I came to prepare it I soon realised the fat had been carefully concealed.
This pack of British bacon contained an even higher amount of fat (i.e. 4 gms more than in the basic pack) and it cost almost three times as much!
So my little experiment didn't really help me, whether I buy cheap or expensive bacon I'm still paying to throw more than a quarter into the food recycling bin. Maybe I need to stop buying bacon for my pasta dish but then it does make it tasty and this way I can get Embee to eat cauliflower, when it's all topped in a cheese sauce!! And before anyone comments on the fat content of cheese, I only cook this about once a month in the interest of our cholesterol levels!
Labels: bacon, cooking, fat