The Bacon Genie

 

Let me introduce the Bacon Genie.

You were probably thinking by the title, that an “Aladdin- looking” man would show up in your kitchen to magically whip up some bacon.  Wrong.

Why is a Nutritionist writing about Bacon? On a recent vacation to Grandma’s house, my kids went shopping to a small town thrift store and came back with The Bacon Genie. A “steal” for only $2 they told me.  They also promised  that getting them up for school will be so much easier because the Bacon Genie will have their bacon ready. Really?!  (Funny, because we normally cook bacon about 2 times a year at our house)  Well, I will tell you the Bacon Genie works like a charm and is easy to use and now the kids have made bacon every morning for the past week.  With no more bacon in the house, the Genie will now take a rest, a LONG rest. I like to remind my kids that bacon is a treat and should not be eaten daily. I call it “fatty, salt sticks”…a buzz kill, I know. Even vegetarians love the smell of bacon cooking. I credit the smell of bacon with getting me through my first half marathon.  The race ran through a campground with smells of bacon and pancakes wafting me to the finish line.

Bacon without grease? Yes, with Bacon Genie promotes!  All the fatty grease and cholesterol “supposedly” drip into reservoir below. The grease does drip      ( & splatter) all over the place but saying all the fat and cholesterol drip out is like saying “watch the fat & cholesterol” drip out of a stick of butter. It can’t happen. Fat, salt & some protein are what bacon is made of and that is why it tastes so yummy. Bacon is 70% fat, mostly saturated, and 30% protein with approximately 120 calories/thin slice. But who can eat just one? My curiosity got the best of me, here are a few more bacon facts: (thanks to Asylum.com)

1. Bacon comes from the belly of the pig  2. The US consumed 32 billion pieces of bacon last year  3. Bacon is one of the oldest processed meats in history dating back to 1500B.C.  4. Bacon bits are actually vegetarian  5. One 200 lb pig will produce 20 lbs of bacon  6. National Bacon Day is held the Saturday before Labor day ( you knew?)  You can even order a Bacon Sundae at some fast food places now,  yikes!

So, enjoy your occasional bacon…we only live once! But you may live just a little bit longer without the Bacon Genie. Cook bacon in a good old cast iron skillet, just like mom used, to get the best flavor and more iron added to your meat. You never know what the kids will find at Grandma’s house, thanks mom:)

 

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9 responses to “The Bacon Genie

  1. marilyn

    two words–turkey bacon. love it! 35 cal, 1.5 gm of fat. would probably work with bacon genie too.

  2. Dennis

    “I INSISTED we have Bacon because it’s so good for you!!”

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  4. When you say “bacon bits” I think you mean “Bac-O’s”. The bacon bits I buy is real meat in a tall glass jar.

    • Yes Jimmy Cracked Corn…..I meant Bac-O Bits. Thank you for clarification. I’m not sure I have ever seen real meat bits in a jar, that sounds so much better.

  5. Only wanna tell that this is extremely helpful, Thanks for taking your time to write this.

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