(Everything’s better with) 45 Slices of Bacon
Folks, this is a lot of bacon. I’m talking about roughly 2.5 lbs (regular packages are 1 lb.) I’ll show you.
I got up a little early to get my food all ready for the day. I didn’t want to smoke up the whole house so I went out on the deck and cooked it out there.
I ate breakfast hot off the skillet while the sun came up. Seriously, I think I made the whole neighborhood jealous. You should have seen the steam rolling off that delicious food. It was incredible. The only thing that would have made it better was if I had gotten dressed first. I was wearing flip flops and boxers and it was in the 20’s. You can’t blame the bacon for that though…
I packed lunch like this:
and I was good to go.
Now, usually whatever I eat, I am hungry by 10:30. Seriously, I could eat a dozen pancakes, a few breakfast burritos, and some cold pizza and it wouldn’t change by a minute. I can set my watch to it. I can set your smart phone to it.
Bacon, however, shocked me in this department. I ate at 7:30ish and didn’t have a chance to eat again until noon. I felt not one twinge of hunger this entire time.
Lunch was delicious. It was bacon after all. What else could you expect? The only gross thing was that I microwaved it and a huge puddle of grease boiled out. I felt bad for my arteries, but carried on with the day.
I ate promptly at noon. I am usually starving by 3:30, but this day I didn’t eat until 7 and I felt wonderful the whole time.
All that bacon made me pretty thirsty.
I did have about 7 cups of herbal tea across the course of the day and a quart or two of water. I was watering plants in a greenhouse and took a nice long drink out of a hose.
Dinner I had a little bit over a pound left. If you are a smart shopper you will know all about selecting good packages of bacon. You know, meat to fat ratios and all that. If you are this shopper in a hurry at night, you may not pay enough attention. I got a pack that looked a lot like this.
I fried it to a crisp and ate it all.
That night I dreamed this.
Cooking Note: If you ever plan to eat bacon pack a lot of extra. People smell it a mile away. I gave away no fewer than 7 slices across the day.
Performance: Good. I did the first mile at around a 7:45 and lost about 20 seconds a mile. I felt solid, but not bursting with energy. It was around 10 pm and 20 degrees, so I’ll take that.
Taste: This is the first food I have looked forward to eating every meal.
Fullness Factor: Unparalleled for excellence. Talk about bang for your calorie buck, I don’t know what beats this.
X Factor: You’ve heard that everything is better with bacon? Well it’s true. At one point in the day I was so caught up in feeling awesome that I forgot about my experiment. I was teaching a class on making good food choices (obviously because I’m a master of this) and had my class inspecting a cold frame growing kale. I was letting the students pick and eat fresh kale and I ate a leaf too. Wow! It was mind blowing delicious. It was everything I wanted to eat and taste. I spent the next two hours daydreaming about a huge kale salad. I usually hate the stuff, so I don’t know what was up with that. Maybe my body was trying to tell me something.
Also, water tasted downright gourmet.
ps. That’s a lot of bacon, but it’s nothing like this guy.
pps. Let me leave you with a couple of important pictures.