Bacon is a huge trend these days. While it’s readily available at the store, for home cooks, there’s nothing quite as satisfying as making your versions of food staples, and the From Scratch Club’s FSC Academy has you covered with their DIY bacon class, Makin’ Bacon.
Makin’ Bacon is taught by Erika and Chris Tebbens, of the blog Our DIY Life, and I attended the session at The Arts Center in Troy NY. Other FSC Academy classes are taught there throughout the month, and there are also FSC classes in Ballston Spa at the Brookside Museum.
Bacon Curing 101
Erika and Chris make a great team, and did a terrific job of explaining things thoroughly in a fun and easy to understand way. We learned proper food safety, as well as the ins and outs of the nitrite issue, and discussed all the variations that you could do when you make your own bacon at home. Every question we had was answered in depth, and Chris and Erika made everything accessible but not dumbed down.
Class members were provided with a slab of pork belly to prepare during the session to bring home to cure for a week. I couldn’t decide between a savory pepper version or a sweet brown sugar one, so I opted to split and do both. Chris showed us how to apply the dry cure, and how to store it properly for maximum safety and deliciousness.
After cleanup, the Tebbens’ cooked up samples of their cured slabs, and we all got to taste. By this coming Sunday, our own slabs will be ready to cook and enjoy!
Along with the info in the reference pamphlet (which includes the dry cure formula and ingredient source info among lots of other useful tips), class members receive a bag of goodies from the From Scratch Club – ours included a jar for storing our dry cure in, some cute jar labels for home canning, a meal planning form, and a coupon for one free “Class in a Bag” fee. Class in a Bag is a FSC Academy class that will come to you – with a minimum of 5 people, you can set up a place and time and the instructor brings the entire class, materials and all, and teaches your group!
Check It Out!
Also In The Area:
Bacon Fest NY
Sunday, September 2
Hudson Waterfront Park
For more bacon inspiration, check out the first Bacon Fest New York. There will be lots vendors with delicious bacon treats, and a bacon creation cook-off judged by local food writers Steve Barnes of the Times Union, Byron Nilsson of Metroland and Daniel Berman of the Chef’s Consortium and creator of Fussy Little Blog.
Gina Martin | lives in Coxsackie NY with her husband, their two children, and an assortment of Rottweilers and cats. Gina has been a homeschooling parent since 2003, and is also proud parent of a Tech Valley High School student. Gina is the creator of ModSchooler, her blog about 21st -century learning and fun, and is a contributor to From Scratch Club writing on food and food policy. As lifelong learners, Gina and her tween and teen kids like to go off the beaten path to explore quirky travel destinations, unusual cuisine, and all things geeky. Email: GinaMartin@AlbanyKid.com, twitter: @GinaMartinBlogs