It's Better to Travel than Arrive?

"To travel hopefully is a better thing than to arrive"

Robert Louis Stevenson, Virginibus Puerisque, 1881.

"Robert Louis Stevenson speaks utter tosh and has

obviously never flown long haul economy class"

Kristy, first ever blog post, 2011.

Wednesday, July 4, 2012

Bacon Jam Recipe

"Bacon Jam?  Say what?  Has all this travel finally driven her crazy?"  I can hear you asking these questions of yourself, but no, I'm serious.  I saw this recipe for Bacon Jam yesterday and I'm sooooooo tempted to make it.  What do you think?

If you look at the measurements, you'll see they are VERY precise.  This is because it's an American recipe and I pressed the "change it to metric" button.  I'm a "close enough is good enough" kind of cook, and I am pretty darn sure that it'll turn out fine if you don't have EXACTLY 327ml of cider vinegar.  Oh, and I've posted the original US measurements at the bottom of the page, they might be easier to follow.


  • 1.36 kilograms Bacon
  • 4 whole Large Yellow Onions, Peeled And Thinly Sliced
  • 8 cloves Garlic, Smashed And Peeled
  • 237 milliliters Cider Vinegar
  • 237 milliliters Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 355 milliliters Very Strong Brewed Black Coffee
  • 118 milliliters Pure Maple Syrup
  • 4.9 milliliters Freshly Ground Black Pepper

Preparation Instructions

  • Cut the bacon slices into 1-inch strips. Add the bacon to a Dutch oven over medium-high heat. Cook the bacon, stirring frequently, until the bacon is browned. Use a slotted spoon to transfer the bacon to a paper-towel lined plate. Drain all but 2 tablespoons of the bacon drippings into a heat-proof jar with a tight-fitting lid. (Save the bacon drippings in the refrigerator. That’s too much flavor to trash!)
  • Place the Dutch oven back over the medium-high heat and add the onions and garlic. Stir well and reduce heat to medium. Continue to cook for about 8 minutes, or until the onions are mostly translucent. Add the remaining ingredients, stir well, and drop heat again, this time to low.
  • Bring to a boil, stirring frequently, and boil hard for 2 minutes. After 2 minutes, stir the browned bacon into the onions and liquid.
  • Simmer uncovered, stirring occasionally to make sure things aren’t sticking, adding 1/4 cup of water if it seems to be drying out. When the onions are meltingly soft and the liquid is thick and syrupy, remove the Dutch oven from the heat and let stand for 5 minutes.
  • Transfer the contents of the Dutch oven to the work bowl of a food processor that has been fitted with a blade. Fit the lid in place and pulse several times or until the bacon jam is a spreadable consistency. Scrape into a jar (or jars) or a container with a tight fitting lid. Store in the refrigerator for up to one month.
  • Can be served cold, room temperature or warmed.

Here's the US measurement list:-


  • 3 pounds Bacon
  • 4 whole Large Yellow Onions, Peeled And Thinly Sliced
  • 8 cloves Garlic, Smashed And Peeled
  • 1 cup Cider Vinegar
  • 1 cup Packed Light Brown Sugar
  • 1-½ cup Very Strong Brewed Black Coffee
  • ½ cups Pure Maple Syrup
  • 1 teaspoon Freshly Ground Black Pepper

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