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Rick Worthington Aug 20th is Bacon Lovers Day
by Rick Worthington, click here for bio

Program: Farm and Ranch Report
Date: August 20, 2018

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Since 2000, National Bacon Lover’s Day has been celebrated on Aug. 20th. Hey - what do you know, that's today!

The first sliced and packaged bacon was on the grocery store shelves in 1924 ... thank you, Oscar Meyer .

Shayle Shagam, USDA livestock analyst, saying that bacon production and supplies are growing now and could continue to grow next year.

National Bacon Lover's Day is dedicated to the popular treat cut from the meat of a pig. In the United States, bacon refers to meat from the belly of the pig, known as the pork belly. Bacon from the loin is called Canadian bacon. To make bacon, the pork is cured using salt, and is then dried, boiled, or smoked. The smoking of bacon is often done with hickory, mesquite, or maple wood, and flavors such as brown sugar or maple may be added. More often than not, bacon is pan fried, and it is popular as a breakfast food, in sandwiches like the BLT or club sandwich, as a complement to salads, and in wrapping other foods. "Bacon mania" has swept the United States and Canada since the late 1990's, where there has been a great increase in the amount of bacon being eaten, and in the amount of new bacon recipes. The high sodium and nitrate content of bacon that lower its health benefits has not seemed to much slow down the bacon craze.

"Bacon mania" has swept the United States and Canada since the late 1990's, where there has been a great increase in the amount of bacon being eaten, and in the amount of new bacon recipes.

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