Also indexed as: Canadian Bacon, Pancetta, Salt Pork
Preparation, uses, and tips
To cook American sliced bacon, lay slices in a cold skillet then turn heat up to medium
high. As the bacon begins to shrink and brown, turn it with a fork and make sure the slices
lie flat. When the bacon is crisp and brown, remove and drain on a paper towel.
To microwave American sliced bacon, place a paper towel on a microwave-safe plate, arrange
slices of bacon on the paper towel, alternate layers of bacon and paper towels, and cook on
high 45 to 60 seconds per slice or 15 to 17 minutes per pound (445g).
Canadian bacon is precooked and simply needs to be heated by frying, broiling, or heating
in the oven. It is also eaten cold in sandwiches.
American bacon, also called side bacon or, in Britain, streaky bacon, is the bacon most
commonly sold sliced and packaged in the supermarket. Bacon is the cured and smoked meat and
fat from the belly of the pig. To make bacon, processors inject brine into the pork, then
either smoke it or inject smoke flavoring. For sliced bacon, the rind is trimmed from slab
bacon and the meat is sliced into 36 pieces per pound for thin-sliced styles, 16 to 20 for
regular, and 12 to 16 for thick-sliced. Slab bacon is pork that is still attached to the rind.
Side bacon (without the rind) also comes precooked and canned. To achieve the desired
crispness when cooked, bacon must have a fat content of one half to two-thirds of its uncooked
Canadian Bacon (called back bacon in Canada) is the cured, smoked, cooked eye of pork loin.
It resembles ham more closely than bacon and
is much less fatty than American bacon. Canadian bacon comes either in individual slices, or
in a cylinder-shaped chunk.
Pancetta is Italian bacon, made from pork that is cured but not smoked. It has a subtler
flavor than American sliced bacon and makes a tasty accent in green salads.
Salt pork is salt-cured but not smoked meat from the belly of a pig. It’s a favorite
component in Southern cooking, especially with
beans and collard greens.
Sliced bacon (cooked, 3 slices), 2.4 oz.
Total Fat: 5.3g