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Do you really know what you’re eating? ____________________________

I am, perhaps unreliably, informed by a friend in England that the humble bacon butty has been elevated. Maybe not to gourmet level, but considered worthy of exhaustive and expensive research…
Four researchers at the Department of Food Science at a university in the north of England spent more than 1,000 hours testing 700 variations on the traditional bacon sandwich. They tried different types and cuts of bacon, cooking techniques, types of oil and a range of cooking times at different temperatures. A shortlist was then tested with computers to measure the texture of each sandwich. Fifty volunteers also judged each sandwich according to its taste, texture and flavour. The scientist who led the research said: “We often think it’s the taste and smell of bacon that consumers find most attractive. But our research proves that texture and the crunching sound is just as – if not more – important. While there was much debate within our taste panels on the smoked or unsmoked decision, everyone agreed that tough or chewy bacon is a turn-off.”

And, because we need to know these things, here is the recipe, expressed,of course, as a serious scientific formula.

C + {fb (cm) . fb (tc)} + fb (Ts) + fc . ta = N

N=force in Newtons required to break the cooked bacon, fb=function of the bacon type, fc=function of the condiment/filling effect, Ts=serving temperature, tc=cooking time, ta=time or duration of application of condiment/filling, cm=cooking method, C=Newtons required to break uncooked bacon.


“Dj’you want Aitch P wiv that,darlin’?”



Author: dinahmow

A New Zealander, currently living in tropical Queensland,Australia (with 2 cats and one Main Man).Old enough to remember George VI, white tennis balls and life-before-television.You want more? Read the blog!

20 thoughts on “GOURMAND OR GOURMET …

  1. There are those of us, who do not represent what is somewhat grandly called “the scientific community” who think that the best place for bacon is inside a pig.
    Peace and vegetable rights.


  2. I’ll anything with four legs except a table, anything that flies except a plane and anything that swims except a submarine…


  3. Makin’ Bacon is fun too…unless you hear a crunching sound…then only your chiropractor will be happy.

    Bacon is of course one of the four main food groups recognised by the Canadian Food Guide. Doughnuts, Maple Syrup, and Rye Whiskey are the other three.


  4. Spam spam spam spam eggs and spam please.


  5. No thanks to the HP, I like mine with butter on the white plasicised bread, to add to the fat content, and no other additions; but the bacon has to be crispy and hot so the butter melts and drips down your chin.

    However, my own research has concluded that the very, very best bacon buttie is the one made for you by someone else!


  6. omg.
    this is ELVIS food!
    i had to look this up. this is a sandwich. it is fried bacon, on white bread. with BUTTER.
    this is diabolical.

    i am drowning in drool!


  7. There possibly is nothing worse on the planet for you, I’m told, than bacon.

    Which is why I cook up a pound of it every other morning that my son is with me on the weekends.


  8. Well, well…fancy a bacon butty generating so much interest!
    Vicus S…you’re outnumbered this time, but do call again.

    cream…I take it you are an omnivore?

    HE…I think in Aus it’s meat pies, beer, chips and burgers

    Andrea…don’t tell John Cleese!

    Ziggi…no HP? Are you really English?

    FN…it might cure the cough!

    WW…now there’s an avatar idea!


  9. BLT, one of my faves. I hadn’t actually thought about the crunch and texture factor myself.


  10. oh jeez. a formula for bacon. i know it is bad for me, but i must admit the first bite is always a unique satisfying treat. i only eat it maybe once a month, but i love bacon.

    now i hope i’ll forget the research and enjoy my occassional foray into animal fat.



  11. I like bacon n eggs. YUMMMMMMMM!



  12. Seriously? People eat sandwiches made of bacon, butter and white bread? I’ve never heard of such a thing…but then I’m a Californian. The only way I’ve had bacon in a sandwich is on toasted whole wheat bread, with lettuce and tomato and maybe a little avocado or turkey.


  13. Jana…yes, in England, this is pretty much a national dish!Personally, I prefer the BLT on whole wheat or rye.Avocado,too,if they’re in season!


  14. The topics that get research grants! I suppose if it is a national sandwich, it has to be studied, although I too have never eaten a bacon sandwich; a BLT yes but only with homegrown tomatoes. I like the formula 🙂


  15. sorry vicus, I am not a big meat eater but I haf to ave me bacon buttie/ketchup now and again, with a nice big cup of tea. You see I am a geordie lass (from the northease of england) and had I been living back home would have gladly volunteered to be a guinea pig for their research 🙂

    oh ziggi it is the chip buttie with butter that does it for me, but yes you are right, has to drip down yer chin to be a REAL chip buttie 🙂


  16. Ces…yes, I could say money for jame, but then someone would think”oo!let’s research jam!” I think perhaps this is a bit of a joke.

    Jafabrit…washed down with Newcastle Brown,perhaps? No – buckets of tea,right?


  17. no, has to be buckets of tea lol, rington’s but NOT early grey, yak, hate that bergamot stuff.

    I used to live in London in the 60’s, did you ever go to Ronnie Scotts? Lived in Wembley for about 7 years.


  18. ps. hope you don’t mind, I added you to my blog list 🙂


  19. jafabrit…Ronnie Scotts? I was a regular there in the late 60s. Also that other place “100” I think it was.Damn! there was some cool jazz.
    And I’m happy to be on your list.Ta lass.


  20. how cool, you went to ronnie scotts, wow!!!!!!!


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