Bacon is one of those items you just cannot replace – While you can buy canned bacon it costs an arm and a leg, so when I started hearing about home canned bacon I just had to try it.
The way we are going to use is today is to show how to can bacon. The video shows ends and pieces, however over at Rural Revolution they have an in depth post on canning whole bacon strips.
Bacon end pieces are a lot cheaper, and since canned bacon won’t get crispy, I did not want to “waste” strips. This bacon is perfect for flavoring beans or greens.
Basically it’s pretty simple, divide your end pieces, stuff them raw into your canning jars (bacon is packed both dry and raw) then process your jars at 10 pounds for 90 minutes.
As you can tell from the video above on how to can bacon, its not hard and it does not take a lot of time. You need to take care to ensure you are following proper pressure canning procedure, but if you do that, then you have a way to preserve inexpensive bacon pieces when you find them on sale.
If you don’t want to store bacon, it is pretty easy to make bacon. However, if you go that route, be careful. The taste of home cured smoked bacon is very addictive and can lead to pig farms and huge smokers. I try for both, I know how to can bacon and I know how to make it. Its a true win win.