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Amanda Garbutt


Recipes to Try Before the A-pork-calypse

Posted: 11/07/2012 12:51 pm

Bringing home the bacon is going to be a bit more challenging in the coming months, experts predict. Reports from the United Kingdom sent pork-lovers into a frenzy of nerves last month after hearing that their favorite meat may be more difficult to come by in the near future.

Caused by the sharp incline of the hog's feed prices, many farmers in the Midwest are finding it unprofitable to continue raising pigs for meat purposes. According to the Huffington Post, there will soon be fewer hogs per American than there has been for 40 years. Regardless of food trends or healthy lifestyle habits, the truth is that North Americans love their pork. This has always been, and always will be the case.

In response to this bacon shortage doomsday, we decided to put together some of our favourite pork-inspired dishes and creations to pay homage to this loveable ingredient. A classic staple in Canadians' comfort food, let us go beyond the fond memories of early bacon and egg breakfasts or late hotdog stand visits to reminiscences of the most delectable dishes that pork has been featured in.

All we can say is thank you for being so delicious, and we anticipate a grand comeback soon (fingers crossed)! And yes, we talk to food fondly when we feel a parting of the ways.

So how do we celebrate and mourn the prospective loss of a favourite food? By celebrating all that is wonderful about it. Whether it's the new Bacon Anatomy of Awesomeness Amanda just hung in her office, or the team's decision to recreate all our favourite bacon dishes. Our test kitchen has decided to celebrate its past and present deliciousness instead of its future shortage.

So sit back, relax and get ready to drool as we share our favourite bacon-based recipes and secrets to bacon perfection from the heart of The Hot Plate's test kitchen.

Bacon Bouquet

Chocolate Covered Bacon

Bacon Cheeseburger

Bacon and Eggs

Baked Potato with Bacon Bits

Warm Bacon Dressing


Caesar Salad

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  • No burger is complete without bacon

  • Chocolate covered bacon

  • Part of a complete breakfast!

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  • Bacon Bra

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/briankusler/2337430825/">(Via Flickr)</a>

  • Bacon Gun

    The BA-K-47 was made by the folks at <a href="http://www.thisisfreakingridiculous.com/tifr/2009/4/13/ba-k-47.html">ThisIsFreakingRidiculous.com</a> for their first annual bacon day.

  • Bacon Hitler

    <a href="http://eatliver.com/i.php?n=3696">(Via EatLiver.com)</a>

  • Bacon Martini

    <a href="http://www.slashfood.com/2006/10/29/a-bacon-martini/">(Via Slash Food)</a>

  • Bacon Business Cards

    <a href="http://www.meatcards.com/">Actually made from jerky, but close enough.</a>

  • Bacon Hats

    <a href="http://hatsofmeat.com/">(Via HatsOfMeat.com)</a>

  • Bacon Man

    <a href="http://www.flickr.com/photos/netdiva/sets/72157608179195754/">(Via Flickr)</a>

  • Bacon World

    These images may look computer generated, but they're not. They are all meat (mostly bacon)! A British photographer, Carl Warner, made the "foodscapes." <a href="http://unusuallife.com/2009/01/29/bacon-world/">(Via Unusual Life)</a>

  • Bacon Lampshade

    <a href="http://www.seriouseats.com/2008/10/a-lampshade-made-out-of-bacon.html">(Via Serious Eats)</a>

  • Bacon Cupcakes

    <a href="http://www.aldenteblog.com/2009/01/bacon-cupcakes.html">(Via the Aldente Blog)</a>

  • Bacon Lip Balm

    <a href="http://www.amazon.com/gp/product/B00247ASKY?ie=UTF8&tag=200921-20&linkCode=as2&camp=1789&creative=390957&creativeASIN=B00247ASKY">Ok, it's not actually MADE of bacon, but it's flavored to taste/smell like it.</a>

  • Bacon Thermal Lance

    <a href="http://allbleedingstops.blogspot.com/2009/04/thermal-lance-made-out-of-bacon.html">It can cut a steel pan in half!</a>

  • Bacon Dress

    <a href="http://www.stltoday.com/blogzone/debs-style-file/just-plain-bizarre/2009/07/my-love-of-bacon-put-to-the-test-by-bacon-dress/">Yes, it's embellished with real bacon!</a>


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