We’ve just celebrated National Bacon Lovers Day and with International Bacon Day being just around the corner in September (check back to see what we have going for you!), foodora is passionate in providing our international readers with some interesting facts about Canadian bae-cons! 😀
1. What’s the difference?
Photo credit goes to I Hate Canadian Bacon
Both products come from the back of the pig, however, the main difference is that Canadian bacon comes from the loin while American bacon comes from the pork belly!
2. Chinese People Had It First
That’s right! Chinese people were the first to cook salted pork belly! This makes bacon the world’s oldest processed meat, ever!
3. The word “bacon” Originated from “the back” (of the beef)
Photo credit goes to Vulture
Here’s a random photo of Kevin Bacon, who is NOT a Canadian, but he’s holding a cute baby goat so we like that. On a serious note, the word “bacon” originated from the German as “-bak” means the back (of the pig) – it then translated into Baccon in French before the English adopted the word and called it “bacoun.”
4. The cooking process is different from its American counterpart
Canadian bacon is cut from lean and boneless pork loins. It then get pickle-cured and rolled in golden cornmeal (as mentioned above!). The curring process is what sets the Canadian & US versions apart – Canadian bacon is only cured while the U.S.’s cured, smoked, and then pan-seared. Real Canadian bacon is a much leaner product as the fat is 1/8th of an inch!
5. The word “peameal” comes from an after-use
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The word “peameal” comes from the fact that Canadian bacon is usually finished by being rolled in meal; “cornmeal” is also another name for it, which gives it a yellow-ish finish look!
6. Is it Canadian bacon or Canadian-style bacon?
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It’s Canadian bacon for the Canadians! American producers of Canadian bacon call them “Canadian-style” bacon to highlight the difference! Sorry! 😀
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