For the love of bacon

Just hearing the word “bacon” makes my mouth water. I think of the crunchy, salty, rich and decadent flavor as you pick up a piece and take a bite. When ranking favorite things to bite into, bacon is right up there with chocolate cake, ice cream or pizza.

So if FRESH needed a reason to celebrate bacon, the love that everyone has for this prized cut of pork is certainly a worthy cause. From July 15th to 20th, the store will be hosting a week of specialties that honor bacon.

And it’s not just about slices of bacon, although there are plenty of delicious varieties in the market. There’s also bacon used as an ingredient to flavor everything from salad dressings, sandwiches, mayonnaise, crackers and even chocolate.

From sweet to savory, bacon can probably make anything taste better. Whether it’s a steak or shrimp wrapped in bacon, or bacon that is chopped and sprinkled over a dish – you’ll see endless reasons around FRESH why bacon certainly deserves its own Bacon Fest!

When I feel like over-indulging in bacon, I like to make this recipe for Bacon Jam. It is easy to do in a slow cooker and the result is a sultry spread that is perfect on toast, sandwiches, cheese platters or stirred into potatoes. The options are endless when you love bacon.

Bacon Jam
1 pound bacon (cooked until crisp)
2 tablespoons bacon fat
1 sweet onion, thinly sliced
2 smashed cloves garlic
1/2 cup water
1/4 cup maple syrup
1/4 cup brown sugar
2 tablespoons balsamic vinegar
2 tablespoons apple-cider vinegar
1 teaspoon instant-coffee granules

Drain bacon on a paper-towel-lined plate. While bacon is cooling, add to a slow cooker all remaining ingredients. When bacon is cool, roughly chop and add to slow cooker. Stir to combine. Cover cooker and cook on high for 2 hours, or until liquid has almost evaporated and mixture is syrupy. Let cool slightly; then transfer to a food processor and puree completely. Jam can be stored in a sealed container in the refrigerator for up to 1 week. Yield: 1 cup bacon jam.

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