Bacon is a versatile food that can be used for breakfast, lunch, or dinner. You can add bacon to many of dishes to add that extra bit of flavor or even plan whole meals around it. Here we will share just a couple of amazing tastes that you can recreate in your own kitchen.
We all love a good BLT every now and then, but what about having your BLT on a dish? BLT salads are a great way to use up bacon if you don’t feel like having it with eggs or making a sandwich.
4 bacon slices diced
4 cups of romaine lettuce
1 avocado peeled and sliced
1 cup cherry tomatoes
¼ cup crumbled goat cheese or feta cheese
1 cup olives
Lime vinaigrette sauce
¼ cup olive oil
¼ cup apple cider vinegar
2 tablespoons lime juice
2 teaspoons sugar
Rinse your lettuce and tomatoes. Make sure your water is filtered to limit the number of harmful contaminants that are present in most water systems.
Cook bacon on the skillet on both sides for about six to eight minutes until the bacon is fully cooked.
Combine lettuce, avocado, olives, tomatoes, and cheese, and bacon into a large salad bowl.
Stir in the lime vinaigrette sauce. You can either serve it immediately or leave it in your refrigerator for a couple of minutes to let the bacon get cold, and then serve.
Bacon Crab Dip
This is a delicious dip for crackers or bread.
8 oz of cream cheese
½ cup sour cream
2 teaspoons horseradish
1/8 teaspoon pepper
1 cup imitation crab meat
4 slices bacon cooked and crumbled
Mix the cream cheese with sour cream in an electric mixer on medium speed until it has become soft and fluffy. After this, stir in the rest of the ingredients by hand and mix them well together. Leave it to cool for about an hour in the fridge.
The dip is ready to be served. Use crackers, bread, or vegetable sticks and enjoy!
Bacon Avocado Fries
Combine bacon and avocado to make this unique type of fry.
24 strips of bacon
¼ cup ranch sauce
Preheat your oven to 425 degrees Celsius. Cut the avocadoes into eight wedges and wrap the bacon fully around each wedge. Place on the baking sheet with the seam side facing down.
Bake until the bacon is crisp. This should be about 12 to 15 minutes.
Serve with ranch sauce for dipping.
KEEP FOOD SAFETY IN MIND WHEN PREPARING BACON DISHES
Bacon is a great source of filling your stomach and satisfying your cravings, but it’s also important to be cognizant of the fact that certain bacteria live on our meat products. Meats should be cooked at the appropriate high levels to kill off any bacteria that may be present. Eating undercooked foods can be extremely harmful to your health and besides cooking foods to the correct temperature, there are other ways that you can continue to enjoy the foods you love and stay safe in the process.
- Invest in a Proper Water Filtration System
Our water systems generally contain trace amounts of pharmaceuticals, fluoride, heavy metals, and bacteria such as E. coli. So, while you may have been taking the correct steps in cooking your food properly and rinsing off your veggies, the unfiltered water system can be the source of the problem. By investing in a strong water filtration system like the Big Berkey Water Filters, you can reduce the levels of these contaminants.
- Store your Food Properly
Bacon is better kept in an airtight sealed bag after opening. It is generally good for about two weeks from the time it has first been opened, but if you notice a funny smell or the appearance looks off, it’s best to toss it and not take any chances.
We all love to eat our favorite types of meats and bacon is generally high up on that list. The only thing to keep in mind is that eating uncooked bacon is really not a wise choice, and if you’re preparing a salad, you may have taken the proper steps to reduce food illness by rinsing and cooking meat to its proper temperature, but not realizing that your water source can be the point of contamination is a mistake many people sadly make.
By investing in a Berkey water filter system, which removes 99.9% of pathogens, heavy metals, pharmaceuticals, and viruses, you can rest assured knowing you did everything you could to reduce the chances of suffering from a foodborne illness.