Mourning for the lost bacon of the month stash
My apartment fridge died it's third death in 4 years last week. Once again, I awoke to find a warm, and slightly fragrant, assortment of leftovers, tupperware, sundry frozen goods and the food for the week. Though annoying, it forces me to clean the fridge while awaiting a new one, though most of the food is just that, food. Except for my beloved stash of Bacon o' the month Club offerings.
I like bacon alot. I belong to the bacon of the month club. However, I don't eat tons of it for concern for my coronaries, but save it for special occassions- or when cooking for large groups of people to share my love (and my stash) with. I was hoarding about 4 months worth of bacon, and was contemplating a bacon tasting breakfast, when I was confronted by my warm fridge. Mind you, most of these artisanal sides of cured pork have much less preservative than your average supermarket bacon, and with no alternate source of refridgeration, about 4 pounds of salted pork had to be unceremoniously dumped in the trash.
For me this is up there with saving that chocolate Easter bunny until the dog days of summer, fighting off your friends and family, until you finally open it and find it crawling with those white moth things. All the anticipation of hickory, applewood, and even garlic bacon smokey goodness, saved for one glorious Saturday morning, gone in an instant.
My friends don't quite understand the feeling of loss. I was hoping the Chowhound community might understand.
While this is not going to help with your recent and very lamentable loss, you might find it helpful in the future to keep your freezer packed with "blue ice" in addition to your frozen edibles. If I am not mistaken, a full freezer will defrost much more slowly, and the addition of the blue ice should slow the process down even more. Having a packed freezer (and minimizing opening the door) saved my food during a 24 hour power loss. The blue ice also comes in handy for me when I am out shopping as it allows me to buy frozen and refrigerated items and put them in an insulated bag (the kind they sell in the supermarket)--- so that cold food items stay at a safe temperature until I get home. This is really great during the summer, especially when you have to travel a distance with the groceries. For me, the blue ice is really great two ways....one to keep stuff cool on the trip home, the other is to help keep the freezer packed and slow down the loss of food during breakdowns, power losses, etc.
And, I do feel your pain. Sorry about the loss of that bacon!
Thought of it, but alas late for work and still had to drop kid off at daycare.
Also I could not verify time of death of fridge and that warm slippery limp feel of raw pork in one's hands makes one think twice about putting it in the pan.
You are right, at the instance of discovery, the pork was probably still viable, but I was left with the age old quandry, too much bacon, not enough time.
I know how this feels, I was getting a weird smell in the garage of my house, after determining it wasnt the garbage cans I focused on my 2 month old box freezer. I opened it up, and was just about knocked off my feet by the stench. The new freezer had conked out.....it was probably down a week.....
5 Lbs bacon
10 Lbs Crab Legs (snow)
4 - 10 Lb Pork roasts
6 Whole Chickens
It was heartbreaking to lose that crab......I had to load the freezer into my truck alone (wifes pregnant), and dump the freezer @ a local dump...
Bacon of the month club huh....? sounds like something for me....
The Grateful Palate (www.gratefulpalate.com) sponsors the "Bacon-of-the-month" club and offers most of the bacons on an a la carte basis if you want to host a multi-bacon tasting. The prices aren't outrageous, but my recollection is that the shipping costs add up fast. My condolences on your loss.
re: Richard L
Either as an act of sheer serendipity, or from a kind soul (in-law) who took pity upon me, I received an email alert that, lo and behold, there is a UPS shipment of Bacon en route as we speak to bolster my repleted stash.
(side note, I think I have the coolest of in-laws who pay my membership fees in the Bacon o' the Month club every year for X-mas.)
Garlic and bacon - my God, how could two more perfect flavors unite? My sympathies. :-)
I do enjoy bacon (usually Niman Ranch's Applewood smoked bacon), but definitely not to the extent of belong to a bacon club. But it's a fine idea!
While it would cost some additional money, perhaps a trip to a local butcher or fine foods stores is in order to pick up varying types of bacon so you can still have a bacon tasting, albeit not quite as good as what you had anticipated.
My sincere condolences. And I am not making fun or kidding!
But, being the fighter that I am, what can you do to replace?
I realize this is not covered by insurance, should be but alas, I would look to replace some of this lost treasure, as we know it certainly is! A bacon tasting, wow, what a fine idea!