Buying a fresh packet of bacon is one of the greatest joys in life. Even though it’s rare that a Baconeer doesn’t finish all their bacon, it can, sadly, happen. It’s always a tragedy when the last few forgotten strips are found in the back of the fridge – and they’ve gone bad. Why should bad things happen to good, bacon-loving people?
Luckily, meat scientists (dream job, anyone?) at Kansas State University are researching ways to preserve bacon so it will last longer under refrigeration. The trick is to prevent oxidation in the meat, which causes it to spoil over time.
Researchers have found that there are natural antioxidants in smoke and plant extracts that could slow down and preventing oxidation in bacon, making it last longer in your fridge. The scientists are still trying to determine the correct concentration of the antioxidant and how long they will work for but they are definitely taking steps in the right direction.
The future is an exciting place when the promise of longer-lasting bacon is hovering on the horizon. It will mean getting to buy much more bacon at a time and always having a large stock on hand (for bacon related emergencies, of course). In the meantime, check out these recipes on great ways to eat your bacon before it goes bad.
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