Becoming a Baconnoisseur: Types of Bacon, Prep Methods, and Tasty Tips

Bacon is known as a true American breakfast staple. It has served for years as the faithful sidekick to eggs and pancakes, but recently, bacon has been breaking out of its place on the side of the breakfast plate and coming into its own as the star in all kinds of recipes. To celebrate National Bacon Day on September 5th, we’ve compiled all of the essential facts you need to know about bacon, from the many different types to what to do with the leftover fat. Enjoy!

The Many Forms of Bacon

Although the salty, fatty, crispy bacon that Americans know and love is delicious, it isn’t the only kind of bacon out there. Learn the differences between the American cuts, and because there’s always room for more bacon, consider trying one of these other types from around the world!

Standard American

You can’t go wrong with this thin-cut, fat streaked bacon that comes from the pork belly. Use it for just about anything.

Bacon Cupcakes

Thick-Cut American

Like the standard, this cut has a marbled appearance and is from the pork belly. The only difference is that this is cut to be about twice as thick as the original version. The extra thickness makes this bacon great for use in hearty, heavy dishes.

Center-Cut American

This pork belly cut is more lean than standard bacon, making it perfect for dishes that are already high in fat. Try wrapping it around steak or sausage for a meaty treat.

Canadian Bacon

Our neighbors from the North enjoy a leaner form of bacon that’s cut from the pork loin. The flavor closely resembles ham, and goes great in omelets or as a substitute for ham in paninis. Sounds good, eh?

English or Irish Bacon

Across the pond, bacon is cut from the pork loin, but unlike Canadian bacon, extra surrounding fat is left on, making for a more flavorful cut. Serve it up as part of a traditional full English breakfast.

Bacon Pancetta

Pancetta

This Italian style of bacon is cut from the pork belly and cured with salt, but not smoked. It is often diced and added to dishes like carbonara and even vegetables.

Wrap it in Bacon

Bacon Wraps

It is a known truth that if a food is good, wrapping it in bacon will make it even better. Try stuffing pitted dates with gruyere cheese, wrapping them in half slices of traditional American bacon, and baking them in the oven until the bacon is fully cooked for sweet but salty hors d’oeuvres that customers will love. You can take jalapeño poppers to the next level at your sports bar by wrapping them in bacon and baking them, and water chestnuts wrapped in bacon with teriyaki glaze makes a salty, sweet, and refreshing appetizer for any establishment. If you want to wrap bacon around your entree, try it with chicken breast or even steak.

Prep Methods

The sound and aroma of bacon sizzling in a frying pan is iconic, but for restaurants that produce bacon in high volumes or home cooks who want to try something new, there are plenty of other options. Check them out and start thinking outside the frying pan!

  • Easily cook large batches of bacon to crispy perfection by baking it in the oven at 350 degrees on a draining grate placed over a sheet pan. In 10-15 minutes, you’ll have a delicious treat.
  • If you need bacon in a pinch, cook it in the microwave for about 5 minutes. Simply lay several strips of bacon on a stack of paper towels and cover with more paper towels before nuking it. This absorbs excess grease for easy cleanup.
  • When you want evenly cooked, crispy bacon but don’t feel like firing up the microwave or oven, try putting the strips in your waffle iron. After the bacon is cooked, leave the grease in the iron to make a decadent waffle for a complete breakfast.

Save that Bacon Fat!

Bacon Cornbread

When bacon is fried or baked, there is always residual grease that is left behind. Everyone knows not to pour it down the drain, and many people store it in an empty can or jar until it solidifies and can be disposed of. While this is a fine option, bacon grease can serve you better when you repurpose it to give life to a new recipe. Bacon grease adds a depth of flavor to baked goods including cornbread, biscuits, and breakfast foods like pancakes and waffles. So the next time you cook bacon, don’t let the precious leftover grease go to waste.

Conclusion

Bacon is popular now more than ever and pairs well with so many different foods and flavors. Brussels sprouts with bacon, maple bacon cupcakes, and even bacon caramel apples are all treats that have the potential to spark customers’ attention. Use any of these common flavor combinations, or try one of your own to get people talking in your establishment, and remember, everything’s better with bacon.

By Sabrina Bomberger

September 2015 WebstaurantStore Coupon Code Update

September is National Food Safety Month, a month that the National Restaurant Association dedicates to educating food service professionals on important food safety topics. Like our customers, our staff also takes food safety very seriously. Dozens of our customer service team members, writers, product experts, and even photographers are ServSafe Manager certified. On our site, you'll find articles, blog posts, social media posts, and guides on food safety. This month our purple (allergen) thermometer and purple knife are on sale to help you more safely serve customers that have allergies. But the most important thing we do is stock and sell the widest variety of food safety products for the lowest prices. Just check out our Food Safety Products Page to browse our selection. Stay safe!

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Labor Day Weekend Hotel Essentials

Labor Day is the last major travel opportunity of the summer. Vacation deals and discounts are abundant, so you should make sure your hotel, motel, or resort is ready for the last of the summer tourists! Check out the products below, and consider restocking any low supplies so your guests can be comfortable and enjoy their stay.

Disposable Bathroom Supplies

Did you have a huge crowd of vacationers this summer? If so, you may be running low on necessary bathroom amenities. These products, including shampoo, soap, lotion, and hygiene items, will ensure your customers stay clean, comfortable, and feeling fresh. We even offer personal care kits, shower caps, mouthwash, and toothbrushes, so guests have everything the need. Since these items come in bulk quantities, you'll be able to stock up on plenty to accommodate the influx of visitors. The small bottle sizes will also help you control product waste!

Linens

If the earlier summer months have taken a toll on your bed linens or towels, replenish your stock with these products. We have towels in many thicknesses and sizes for poolside service, hotel bathrooms, and spa use as well as bath mats that prevent guests from slipping on wet floors. These items are perfect for you if some of your original towels were taken from your business or are showing signs of wear. If your bed sheets are looking faded, worn, or stained, freshen your bedrooms up with new sheets and duvet covers, too!

Food and Beverage

It's considerate for establishments to leave coffee makers, ice buckets, or small cooking appliances for guests to use during short or long stays. With these small coffee makers, your guests can make one or several cups of coffee to start their day. If you offer long-stay rooms, our blenders and toasters will help customers prepare some of their own meals, too. You can even use some of these appliances in your own kitchen or keep them on your breakfast buffet table. Our ice buckets are also great for tableside service in your hotel cafe or guest rooms.

With these products, you can replenish your stock and guarantee your guests receive all the comforts of home while they stay at your hotel. From shower essentials to bed sheets, we have all your bed and bath needs covered. Our kitchen appliances and ice buckets can even be used in your hotel buffet. Order them now, and have them ready to go for Labor Day!

Posted in: Holidays | By Melissa Walters

Top Food Trends of 2015: Update

Back in January, we compiled a list of popular predictions of food trends for 2015. Since it’s now August, we figured we’d take a look at how this year’s trends are actually playing out and compare them to what everyone thought would happen. Unfortunately, it doesn't look like any of our predictions made the cut, so here's an updated list of 2015 food trends.

Falafel

Middle Eastern Food

Middle Eastern food seems to be everywhere! Food trucks, restaurants, and carts are popping up all over the country serving dishes with the shawarma, falafel, and hummus we know about, along with more exotic foods, like tabouli, labani, and fattoush salad, that you may not have heard of.

Popcorn

While popcorn is nothing new, grocery stores, happy hours, and specialty stores are bursting with new twists on this old standby. Sweet and savory flavors, like jalapeno white cheddar, s’mores, and maple bacon are now available on everyone’s favorite popped snack, while semi-popped popcorn provides a new, denser texture.

Ghost Pepper

Hot Peppers

Spicy food is getting hotter by the day! Foods in restaurants and eateries of all styles are turning up the heat with different kinds of hot peppers from around the world. Notably, establishments are mentioning the type of peppers used in the sauce or dish, leading to more customer recognition and understanding. While in the past, you might have seen “hot pepper,” it’s not uncommon nowadays to see jalapenos, ghost peppers, habaneros, or serranos on the menu.

Flowers

Flowers are an easy way to bring color and beauty to your signature foods and drinks. Edible flowers like roses and lavender have been used in desserts for years, but have you heard about elderflower and rose lemonade or lavender cheese? Many upscale bars and restaurants are also garnishing their cocktails with colorful flowers instead of traditional fruit slices or olives.

Beef Jerky

Protein

While our prediction of bug snacks might not have panned out, the protein they would have added to our diets has become a major focus this year. Probably in part as a reaction to the Paleo Diet, cured meats like jerky and meat bars, as well as plant-based protein like nuts, lentils, and chick peas have spiked in popularity.

Gelato

Move over ice cream! Gelato’s popularity has been on the rise for the past couple of years, and this year has been no different. The traditional Italian dessert uses more milk and less butterfat and cream than American ice cream. It’s also denser, due to less air incorporated during the churning process, and is served a few degrees warmer than the stuff you're used to, to better highlight the flavors.

Mac 'n Cheese

Upscale Comfort Foods

Who doesn’t love a good dose of nostalgia? Restaurants, food trucks, and other eateries across the country are putting their own spins on your childhood favorites. Artisan grilled cheese, upscale PB&J, and macaroni and cheese made with gourmet ingredients can be found in the most unlikely places, but we’re not complaining. It gives us an easy way to eat comfort food without having to order from the kid’s menu!


While 2015 isn’t over yet, we thought it might be cool to reflect on how accurate or inaccurate our predictions from last winter were. Even if all of our predictions didn’t come true, we’re definitely enjoying the trends of 2015 so far!

Posted in: Trends | By Alyssa Burns
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