“Bacon makes everything better!” At least that’s what the boys on my husbands hockey team claim. So with them in mind, I went about reviewing Skillet Bacon Jam by Skillet Street Food.
Skillet Street food uses niman ranch bacon and renders it down along with onions, balsamic and other spices . It is then cooked for several hours until everything blends together with a smoky, tangy flavour. I have never seen Bacon Jam but after talking with my Dad apparently it was a popular thing in his day and many of the “old folk” would use it in cookies and biscuits. So what was I going to do with it?
I received a 2oz sample size jar of skillet jam, too small to make a batch of cookies with so I decided to mix it into a batch of homemade caramel popcorn. We were going to a party that night and thought it was a great opportunity for the boys from the hockey team to give it a try and give us their honest opinion.
Just before I started making my popcorn, I opened the container. It definitely smelled like smoky bacon. The look of the jam is off-putting. Curious I tasted just as it was and was met with a smoky tangy bacon flavour. We prefer a a maple bacon at our house, so the flavour wasn’t quite to our liking, but it wasn’t bad.
This product is not for the health nut, but would be great for the odd treat. The nutritional label wasn’t on the jar, but I did find it on the website here. Would I spread it on a biscuit? Probably not, but I would consider using it to fry up an egg or some french toast on days that I didn’t feel like cooking actual bacon just to add that bit of bacon flavour to it.
The popcorn was well received by everyone. Here is my Caramel Popcorn Recipe. The only variation to that recipe was that I stirred in the 2oz of bacon jam into the sauce. It didn’t have a strong bacon flavour, but you would get the hint of bacon. We didn’t tell everyone what we did to the popcorn, we just let them discover it themselves. Everyone enjoyed it, and then we launched into a discussion about the merits of bacon everything. The general consensus was that the guys liked it and had at least 10 different ways on how they would use it!
For my family it wasn’t something we were 100% sold on, but I definitely could see it’s uses and would be interested trying it in some old fashioned oatmeal cookies that I hear are delicious.
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