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Johnny L.A. 05-26-2016 11:40 PM

What's a 'normal' amount of bacon?
 
No, seriously. I know all of the joke answers.

A John Wayne movie was playing today, and a woman was going to make his character breakfast. He wanted four eggs and 'plenty of bacon'. In my mind, I imagined him chowing down on half a pound (before cooking) of bacon. It seems to me that restaurants tend to serve two rashers of bacon. At home, a normal serving for me is four.

So what's the 'traditional, America' serving of bacon?

running coach 05-26-2016 11:43 PM

Expected answer: Until it's gone.

Actual answer: Usually four strips.

Trinopus 05-27-2016 12:14 AM

I've found most "family" restaurants serve two strips. I just looked up the Denny's on-line menu, and it's two for most of their breakfasts.

Two isn't "plenty." Four isn't "plenty." Six...nope. Eight? Just barely maybe.

I go to all-you-can-eat breakfast buffets, and load up: twenty strips! Now you're talking!

aceplace57 05-27-2016 12:20 AM

4 strips is my normal serving.

2 just isn't enough

Ranger Jeff 05-27-2016 12:49 AM

2 to 4 strips seems to be a standard serving.

cochrane 05-27-2016 12:51 AM

I usually have three.

TriPolar 05-27-2016 12:56 AM

Minimum 2. For some reason 4 is considered plenty. I don't want bacon with my breakfast, I want bacon for breakfast. 1/2 pound before cooking is reasonable.

Rocketeer 05-27-2016 01:36 AM

Four to six, depending on how sinful I feel that particular morning.

And as I've gotten older, I've started liking it crisper. To flip the pieces and watch the tiny bubbles rise on the surface, knowing that the bottom side is getting done just right...oh god, I've gotta have bacon right now :D

BrassyPhrase 05-27-2016 03:22 AM

What Ron Swanson said:

Just give me all the bacon and eggs you have. Wait, wait. I'm worried what you just heard was, "Give me a lot of bacon and eggs." What I said was, "Give me all the bacon and eggs you have". Do you understand?

I used to do the turkey bacon thing, but I decided screw it, and just started getting real bacon. The Fella and I end up making five strips, we both eat two and polite fight over the fifth.

scabpicker 05-27-2016 05:24 AM

Hmmm. Again I must decide what is "normal" for me. I am mercurial, so that is hard. I have actually gone years without eating bacon, but dearly love the stuff - if that makes any sense.

I'd say it's probably four. If I'm at a restaurant, and they offer a 2 sausage/2 bacon breakfast, I'll get that in the all-bacon model. It's also my default for a bacon sandwich. Sometimes I'll cook 4, eat one bare, and put the rest on the sammich. Sometimes it's 5 slices, but a similar arrangement.

Richard Pearse 05-27-2016 06:57 AM

2 x eggs and 2 X bacon rashers would be a normal breakfast for me.

Chronos 05-27-2016 08:56 AM

A serving is two, but it is acceptable to eat multiple servings at once.

This is also my answer for cookies, incidentally.

In actual practice, if I'm making it for myself, I usually end up going with about a quarter-pound.

Acsenray 05-27-2016 09:00 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Richard Pearse (Post 19361512)
2 x eggs and 2 X bacon rashers would be a normal breakfast for me.



Just out of curiosity, do you intend to convey some meaningful difference between "two eggs" and "2 X eggs" as you have used it in this sentence?

Jophiel 05-27-2016 09:15 AM

2-4 pieces. A normal sized strip of bacon seems to have less mass to it than a sausage link so I tend to feel like two pieces of bacon is a little light.

I never cook bacon at home, anyway. I like it fine enough but, when I'm making my own eggs, I go for a couple slices of Polish ham warmed on the skillet once the eggs are off.

running coach 05-27-2016 09:19 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chronos (Post 19361632)
A serving is two, but it is acceptable to eat multiple servings at once.

This is also my answer for cookies, incidentally.

In actual practice, if I'm making it for myself, I usually end up going with about a quarter-pound.

Cookies are always in single serving packages.
So is bacon.

Azeotrope 05-27-2016 09:20 AM

4-5 slices for me.

iiandyiiii 05-27-2016 09:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Acsenray (Post 19361634)
Just out of curiosity, do you intend to convey some meaningful difference between "two eggs" and "2 X eggs" as you have used it in this sentence?

His eggs are mutants and students at Professor Eggsavier's School for Gifted Ovoids.

misling 05-27-2016 09:38 AM

If any of you bacon lovers are in Anchorage, the Village Inn on Spenard does a BLT with half a pound of bacon on it.
It was a bit much for me. I used to pull off a large chunk of bacon & feed it to my dog (She'd be waiting outside).

Chronos 05-27-2016 10:14 AM

Yeah, that would be a bit much. I get two sandwiches out of a quarter-pound of bacon.

Then again, my BLTs tend to be more like BLTs.

Acsenray 05-27-2016 10:20 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by iiandyiiii (Post 19361675)
His eggs are mutants and students at Professor Eggsavier's School for Gifted Ovoids.



Ah, that explains it! I wondered why people have been mispronouncing "Xavier" all these years.

Johnny L.A. 05-27-2016 10:20 AM

I normally make my BLATs with two rashers of bacon. Maybe three. Being married to a woman who thinks one or two crispy strips is enough, I don't want to raise her eyebrows. But a proper BLAT should have four slices.

xizor 05-27-2016 10:29 AM

I worked at two different restaurants while in school and in both, 3 strips was a side of bacon.

Johnny L.A. 05-27-2016 10:41 AM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xizor (Post 19361815)
I worked at two different restaurants while in school and in both, 3 strips was a side of bacon.

When I was a kid breakfast side-meat was a choice four rashers , or four sausage links (or a slice of ham). So four seems 'normal' to me. It's just that after seeing that John Wayne scene, I remembered that people ate differently 60, 70, or 150 years ago.

Rhiannon8404 05-27-2016 11:53 AM

I think four is a good number for bacon or sausage links.

Quimby 05-27-2016 12:02 PM

In restaurants and diners a side of bacon is usually 4 (sometimes 5) pieces.

dracoi 05-27-2016 12:10 PM

In my area, restaurants almost always call it two - two would be included with many breakfasts, or with a "side" of bacon.

At home, I usually eat one while I'm cooking at two at table. It's not that I wouldn't dearly love to eat more (and frequently do), but bacon seems high enough in everything bad for you that I'd rather savor a smaller portion most of the time.

Elendil's Heir 05-27-2016 01:22 PM

Two at most restaurants I've been to. My teenage son, who is bacon-crazy, will always ask the server, and then order however many sides will get him to four, six or even eight strips (depending on how hungry he is).

When I was a kid, my mom would always offer my sisters and me the meal of our choice on our birthdays. One year I said, "I want to eat as much bacon as I can." She must've made at least a pound or so, and I just kept eating.

:: wistful sigh ::

Ah, for the days before they invented cholesterol....

Johnny L.A. 05-27-2016 01:26 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Elendil's Heir (Post 19362317)
When I was a kid, my mom would always offer my sisters and me the meal of our choice on our birthdays. One year I said, "I want to eat as much bacon as I can."

So she gave you two and said, 'That's all you can eat!'

actualliberalnotoneofthose 05-27-2016 01:36 PM

3 or 4.
When I worked at a popular breakfast restaurant that has been in business 60 years, we always did 3 strips of bacon and 2 sausage links (the big ones) to an order. Most things were in 3s- Hotcakes, French toast, large omelette or 2s- regular eggs, biscuits, toast, sausage. 3 Pieces also went in BLTs, but I think 2 in clubs.

At home, I usually have more, especially when I'm purposely eating high fat and/or low carb. 4 would be typical if I make a sandwich (bacon for me usually goes in something or wrapped around something).

Elendil's Heir 05-27-2016 01:49 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnny L.A. (Post 19362339)
So she gave you two and said, 'That's all you can eat!'

Fortunately, she wasn't a grammar Nazi. She knew what I meant.

MonkeyMensch 05-27-2016 02:12 PM

6 to 8 slices for me when I'm making my own breakfast. I eat somewhat healthy overall, just not at every meal. I want about a quarter pound of bacon on my plate some I'm cooking up about a half pound uncooked. Now after a meal like that I'll go another three of four months without such a splurge. It's like a treat.

Kelevra 05-27-2016 02:33 PM

3-4 with breakfast. a BLT requires 6-8 (it needs 2 layers of bacon).
And crisp. I had to fire an intern because she liked limp bacon.

Grrr! 05-27-2016 02:39 PM

4 thick cut slices is my norm.

For Christmas, my mother gave me a Cuisinart panni/grill. I've discovered this thing cooks bacon to perfection. It also makes preparing bacon WAY too fucking easy!

Just the other day, I had a bacon snack. Threw five strips in, and seven minutes later, I'm chowing down.

Before I had the Cuisinart thing, I don't think I've ever made bacon as a stand alone meal. I felt so guilty! :o

Azeotrope 05-27-2016 03:00 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Chronos (Post 19361782)
Yeah, that would be a bit much. I get two sandwiches out of a quarter-pound of bacon.

Then again, my BLTs tend to be more like BLTs.

So basically a whole tomato between two slices of bread? :D

Tibby or Not Tibby 05-27-2016 03:01 PM

One scrambled egg white (watching my cholesterol), 4 oz of grapefruit juice and a side of fried pig.

[when I IV drip an antihyperlipidemic during breakfast, I'll take both sides of the pig].

Typo Negative 05-27-2016 03:46 PM

1 pound.

snfaulkner 05-27-2016 03:58 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Typo Negative (Post 19362827)
1 pound.

I agree. If I open a pound, I might as well cook it all. And if there's cooked bacon anywhere in the house, it gets eaten pretty darn quickly.

Cardigan 05-27-2016 04:57 PM

2-4 seems to be the norm. That said, if bacon's available at a buffet it would be strange if I consumed less than 8 strips.

TriPolar 05-27-2016 05:40 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by running coach (Post 19361190)
Expected answer: Until it's gone.

Quote:

Originally Posted by snfaulkner (Post 19362863)
I agree. If I open a pound, I might as well cook it all. And if there's cooked bacon anywhere in the house, it gets eaten pretty darn quickly.

Quote:

Originally Posted by Cardigan (Post 19363006)
2-4 seems to be the norm. That said, if bacon's available at a buffet it would be strange if I consumed less than 8 strips.

Quote:

Originally Posted by myfivekids (Post 19363010)
Or if you're at home and Mom happened to make too much, it's likely that it'll all be gone no matter how much you made!

These are the real answers. Bacon does not get thrown away because no one wanted to eat it. The normal amount of bacon is always less than the amount of bacon that would be eaten if there was more.

ftg 05-27-2016 05:49 PM

2-3 strips is "normal". A person wanting a "plenty of bacon" would therefore expect at least 4 with no definable upper limit without more info on the gluttonous appetite of the individual involved.

Note that very hard working people in the old days ate a surprisingly large number of calories with fatty meats like bacon being a good, dense source. Modern people should eat maybe 1/2 to 1/3 of what a John Wayne cowboy-like character would eat.

Dendarii Dame 05-27-2016 06:58 PM

2 strips would be my guess.

Irishman 05-27-2016 07:39 PM

Restaurants tend to serve two strips with their meals.

People tend to want at least 4 strips. Many will find that sufficient with the rest of breakfast to quell the desire.

Some prefer more bacon, and aren't happy until they eat a whole pig.

Daylate 05-27-2016 07:39 PM

Agree that it's hard to have too much bacon.

Item of interest. Do you guys know how much of the raw bacon is thrown away before before it makes it to the table?

I once did an experiment to determine this. We had a 12 ounce package of bacon, which I weighed just before it was fried, and by golly it came out to exactly 12 ounces. Then, I weighed it again after frying. The fried, ready to eat weight was only 3.1 ounces. So, almost exactly 75% of the original bacon was basically thrown away after frying. Not very efficient - makes the price per piece of the fried bacon rather expensive.

tracer 05-27-2016 07:43 PM

I've cooked up an entire pound of bacon, eaten the whole thing, and still felt hungry for more bacon afterward.

running coach 05-27-2016 07:46 PM

Jim Gaffigan on bacon.

longhair75 05-27-2016 08:31 PM

When I make myself a BLT, I will use three to four slices. I have to admit that bacon as a breakfast side meat is not my thing. I usually order two eggs over light with corned beef hash and whole wheat toast.

Bacon by itself as a menu item is not what I like.

El_Kabong 05-27-2016 08:45 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by xizor (Post 19361815)
I worked at two different restaurants while in school and in both, 3 strips was a side of bacon.

That's the situation at the canteen in the building where I work. If you order two sides of bacon, however, the guy behind the counter gives you five strips, not six. It's not an occasional mistake; he always does this.

Oh, well, I feel like six would be a bit too much anyway.

Johnny L.A. 05-27-2016 09:03 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Daylate (Post 19363343)
So, almost exactly 75% of the original bacon was basically thrown away after frying.

You're doing it wrong.

'First you make a roux...'

pulykamell 05-27-2016 09:05 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Johnny L.A. (Post 19363505)
You're doing it wrong.

'First you make a roux...'

Indeed. Save that fat!

Trinopus 05-27-2016 11:23 PM

Quote:

Originally Posted by Daylate (Post 19363343)
. . . I once did an experiment to determine this. We had a 12 ounce package of bacon, which I weighed just before it was fried, and by golly it came out to exactly 12 ounces. Then, I weighed it again after frying. The fried, ready to eat weight was only 3.1 ounces. So, almost exactly 75% of the original bacon was basically thrown away after frying. Not very efficient - makes the price per piece of the fried bacon rather expensive.

Thank you for this! Great timing, as I was just thinking of posting to ask the same question.

And...don't throw out the fat/oil/grease. Instead, add it to other food, over time. Boiling up some rice? Toss in some bacon fat! Making quesadillas? Bacon fat! It's still yummy!


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