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Old 05-26-2016, 10:40 PM
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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?
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Old 05-26-2016, 10:43 PM
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Expected answer: Until it's gone.

Actual answer: Usually four strips.
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:14 PM
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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!
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:20 PM
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4 strips is my normal serving.

2 just isn't enough
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:49 PM
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2 to 4 strips seems to be a standard serving.
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Old 05-26-2016, 11:51 PM
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I usually have three.

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Old 05-26-2016, 11:56 PM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:36 AM
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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
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Old 05-27-2016, 02:22 AM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 04:24 AM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 05:57 AM
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2 x eggs and 2 X bacon rashers would be a normal breakfast for me.
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Old 05-27-2016, 07:56 AM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:00 AM
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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?
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:15 AM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:19 AM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:20 AM
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4-5 slices for me.
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:20 AM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:38 AM
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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).
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:14 AM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:20 AM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:20 AM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:29 AM
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I worked at two different restaurants while in school and in both, 3 strips was a side of bacon.
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Old 05-27-2016, 09:41 AM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:53 AM
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I think four is a good number for bacon or sausage links.
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Old 05-27-2016, 11:02 AM
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In restaurants and diners a side of bacon is usually 4 (sometimes 5) pieces.
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Old 05-27-2016, 11:10 AM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:22 PM
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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....
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:26 PM
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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!'
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:36 PM
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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).
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Old 05-27-2016, 12:49 PM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 01:12 PM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 01:33 PM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 01:39 PM
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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!
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Old 05-27-2016, 02:00 PM
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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?
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Old 05-27-2016, 02:01 PM
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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].
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1 pound.
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 03:57 PM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 04:40 PM
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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.
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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.
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 04:49 PM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 05:58 PM
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2 strips would be my guess.
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Old 05-27-2016, 06:39 PM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 06:39 PM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 06:43 PM
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I've cooked up an entire pound of bacon, eaten the whole thing, and still felt hungry for more bacon afterward.
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Old 05-27-2016, 06:46 PM
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Jim Gaffigan on bacon.
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Old 05-27-2016, 07:31 PM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 07:45 PM
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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.
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:03 PM
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So, almost exactly 75% of the original bacon was basically thrown away after frying.
You're doing it wrong.

'First you make a roux...'
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Old 05-27-2016, 08:05 PM
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You're doing it wrong.

'First you make a roux...'
Indeed. Save that fat!
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Old 05-27-2016, 10:23 PM
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. . . 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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