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Uncured Bacon and The Cure

Uncured Bacon and The Cure

Local Farms Sell Uncured Bacon, What Do You Do With It?

We cooked the uncured bacon for breakfast, it tasted like a pork chop. NOT what we are used to having for breakfast.

I searched the internet for how to cure bacon at home, and couldn’t find any simple recipes.

So, I finally broke down and asked Stanley Fishman, the author of Tender Grassfed Meat cookbook to help me out with a recipe for curing my own bacon. This is what he came up with, and it works like gangbusters!

The Cure for Blah Bacon -Apple Garlic Brine

3 cups water

1 cup apple juice (I used cider) or 1 cup peeled apples, liquified in a blender

3 TBL Coarse Sea Salt (I use 2 now, because this came out a little too salty for our taste)

4 cloves garlic, peeled and crushed (my farmers market garlic was two potent, so I cut back to 3 here)

1 teaspoon black peppercorns, crushed

Stir above together until the salt dissolves. Pour over bacon slices in a deep casserole dish. Let marinate overnight.

Bacon in the Brine

Bacon in the Brine

You can marinate the bacon at room temperature (which is what I did), which is the old fashioned way, or you can refrigerate it.

When you are ready to cook, remove a few slices for each person and place on several layers of paper towels on a dinner plate, cover with more paper towels and dry thoroughly.

Heat the frying pan to medium high, add bacon. Turn heat down to low. Cook the bacon slices on low heat until until done, turning often. I found if I cook the bacon too rapidly it burns easily

I leave the rest of the bacon in the brine, cover it with plastic and refrigerate it. I then have bacon ready for the next few breakfasts!

Home Cured Bacon, Eggs and Whole Wheat Sourdough

Home Cured Bacon, Eggs and Whole Wheat Sourdough Bread

To learn more about cooking grassfed meats, please check out my review of Stanley Fishman’s wonderful cookbook, Tender Grassfed Meat.

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  1. Only overnight? Why am I eating bland uncured bacon if it only needs to marinate overnight? Wow, thanks so much!
    .-= Local Nourishment´s last blog ..Big River: A King Corn Companion =-.

  2. We get our uncured bacon at Trader Joe’s and it is fabulous! Way better than regular bacon. It’s interesting to see that yours wasn’t tasty.
    .-= chanelle´s last blog ..Martha Stewart’s thoughts on cholesterol =-.

  3. Now maybe my kids will eat it. Definatly going to try it!
    .-= Christy´s last blog ..730 in 365 can you rid yourself of so much? =-.

  4. Stanley Fishman says:

    Chanelle, the uncured bacon sold by Trader Joes does not contain nitrates, but it has been seasoned with salt and various spices.

    The uncured bacon used by Kimberly has not been seasoned at all,which is why it tasted bland until she brined it. The brine is intended for unseasoned bacon.

  5. One of our local farmers cures in seasalt and molasses and cures for 3months. He also do I’ll try to pass recipes on some time soon. So many options for the playful!!

  6. One of our local farmers cures in seasalt and molasses and cures for 3months. So many options for the playful!!

  7. Thanks! I wonder if this would work for ham. I have some uncured ham steaks, and I have no idea how to use them.

  8. Kimberly Hartke says:

    Heather I will ask Stan Fishman and post it on this blog in the comments.

  9. Kimberly Hartke says:

    Stan thinks this brine recipe will work just find on uncured ham steaks. Try it and let us know how it works out.

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