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Polish bacon doesn't fry up?


Polonius3 Activity: 984 / 11,521
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7 Jul 2011  #1

A number of years ago, some time after PL dumped communism, I had one hell of a time trying to fry some rashers of bacon. No fat was rendered and they stuck to the pan so I finally had to use some oil. Seemed off the wall, but I later learnt that Polish bacon was 'parzony'. The sounds like scalded, but probably it was soaked in some soybean solution to make it heavier and trick the customer. I suppose the oly way to crispify it would be to use a teflon-coated pan. Our American bacon fries up nice and crisp, and you can't do that in Poland.

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7 Jul 2011  #2

Szmalec is popular in Poland. Some also boil boczek.
PennBoy Activity: 77 / 2,444
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7 Jul 2011  #3

Polish bacon doesn't fry up?

you gotta make sure you buy the kind for frying not smoked for sandwiches.



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7 Jul 2011  #4

Polish bacon doesn't fry up?

I noticed the bacon served at breakfast in both Lublin and Warszawa appeared uncooked. My sis said it was safe to eat. It's supposedly cooked via a curing process from the juices? I could only eat one bite. Just too raw for my liking. I kept visualizing thoughts of trichinosis!
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7 Jul 2011  #5

Bekon is for frying. Boczek can be "parzony" which literally means "scalded" = basically, boiled. This type won't fry very well unless you add oil. Funnily enough, English sliced bacon often doesn't fry very well either - some kind of white stuff comes out of it instead of the fat I would be expecting, and then it burns. So I guess I dunno.

Don't fry boczek unless it's sold RAW. If it's pieczony, parzony, wędzony you can eat it as is. :-)
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7 Jul 2011  #6

Probably Brits have also gone the soyabean route. Soya granules are dissolved in water and then injected into hams and other cured meats to increase their volume. When I asked the spox of the Polish Agriculture Min. a few years ago why the porpensity for 'fake food', he replied that was the 'modern way of high-yield food processing'.

Bread has also deteriorated -- chemical packets known as bread improvers are added to the dough to ensure high yields and picture-perfect baked goods which are often artificially coloured. Nearly all the darker razowy (whole-grain) type breads in particular owe theri darker hue to chicory, carmel, treacle or suchlike.
ukpolska  
7 Jul 2011  #7

I have no problem finding smoked Bacon in my local Tesco's and as Magdalena don't buy the boiled stuff and look for the uncooked stuff.
pweg  
7 Jul 2011  #8

Probably Brits have also gone the soyabean route. Soya granules are dissolved in water and then injected into hams and other cured meats to increase their volume.

No, British/Danish Bacon frys very well. As does Polish bacon if you buy the right stuff, that maybe a good starting point for you.

American bacon tends to cooked to a crisp, ok if you like that style I suppose.

Obviously, like the EU America has laws about food processing, although many American methods are banned (such as the chemical treating of Tuna to make it look fresh when its actually very old). Water is often added in some types Bacon, but it depends on many things, such as cost.
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7 Jul 2011  #9

it's simple. poland doesn't have american bacon. been there, done that, searched and searched, they don't have it.

you could maybe try an international foods store but whatever they call "bekon" in Poland simply isn't bacon you find in the USA. i like polish boczek for example but it is very different and is used for different applications.

it's one of those things in the USA that Poles would absolutely love but can't get in Poland. that, and taylor ham, but most of the USA doesn't get taylor ham, it's a northeastern, tri-state area thing.
ukpolska  
7 Jul 2011  #10

it's simple. poland doesn't have american bacon. been there, done that, searched and searched, they don't have it.

Who wants Bacon from the USA lol

I would say the No. 1 country for Bacon would be Denmark and as I said before you can find that in most Tesco shops.
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7 Jul 2011  #11

upolska wrote:

Who wants Bacon from the USA lol

have you ever had bacon from the USA?
ukpolska  
8 Jul 2011  #12

have you ever had bacon from the USA?

I lived in Boston for six months, so yes I have.
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8 Jul 2011  #13

I have had no problem with the Morliny Boczek. It comes in a pack of about 10 slices. Not like Canadian bacon but still good. It fries up quite nice and crisp- we have it on the week end with our Canadian pancakes and maple syrup. ;)

Who wants Bacon from the USA lol

or any meat for that matter.
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8 Jul 2011  #14

No, British/Danish Bacon frys very well.

Because British bacon comes from the belly, which is the fattest part. Canadian bacon is the leanest from the pig's loin. BTW do Brits eat BLTs?



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8 Jul 2011  #15

BTW do Brits eat BLTs?

Yeah we eat them, they are one of the most common pub bites.
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8 Jul 2011  #16

Nice. My mistake American bacon comes form the fattest part, British is more leaner, Canadian leanest.
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8 Jul 2011  #17

My fav bar snack would be munching on a packet of pork scratchings. Bits of deep fried pork rinds :) Yum I'm getting a craving for some now :D
fapfap  
8 Jul 2011  #18

As above i totally agreed - boiled boczek rules.
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8 Jul 2011  #19

American boczek is very fat... i love Polish boczek from the grill... more meat than fat on it... i'm drooling right now....
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8 Jul 2011  #20

Polish bacon doesn't have anything on Lurpak (Danish) and that's surprising as Poland generally excels in meats, cold cuts and the like. I dare say those chunky bits could fry up ok if sliced but I haven't got round to making it yet.
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8 Jul 2011  #21

bar snack

What is this pie and a pint?



dtaylor5632 Activity: 18 / 2,020
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8 Jul 2011  #22

Let me guess, a form of steak pie with some ale?
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8 Jul 2011  #23

Definitely, Dave :)

Add some bacon to that and hope your heart doesn't explode.
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8 Jul 2011  #24

Add some bacon to that and hope your heart doesn't explode.

Was at an "Irish" pub yesterday with some lass (mainly for the live music) and ordered some traditional irish platter for the 2 of us (I know how to treat a lady, cheapest thing on the menu!). The Irish platter consisted of nachos, chicken nuggets and bacon twislers. Being the fine arts student that she was, i doubt it went down very well lol
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8 Jul 2011  #25

Commoners food ;0 ;) Still, I believe those well-to-do arty-farty types need to taste a bit of humble pie :) :)

Cheapest thing on the menu, quite right!
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8 Jul 2011  #26

I'm pissing myself laughing cos she also paid for it!!! :D:D:D True Scottish gentleman that I am :D
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8 Jul 2011  #27

She probably figured it was cheap so you can pay next time for the more expensive meal.

As for Polish bacon, I'd love to try some but my waistline has grown a bit recently after some weight loss.
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9 Jul 2011  #28

upolska wrote:

I lived in Boston for six months, so yes I have.

oh, OK, so in that case, you know how awesome it is.

pip wrote:

or any meat for that matter.

what a tool. i'd put any cut of beef from the USA against any cut of beef from Poland. in Poland, cow tastes like shite, in the USA....well.....we're not world famous for our steaks for nothin'.

keep drinkin' the Kool-Aid, partner.
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9 Jul 2011  #29

what a tool. i'd put any cut of beef from the USA against any cut of beef from Poland. in Poland, cow tastes like shite, in the USA....well.....we're not world famous for our steaks for nothin'.

keep drinkin' the Kool-Aid, partner.

clearly all of the gmo and sh*t that they put in the meat has affected your brain.
I am the first to say that the average polish cut of beef is not good, however, I have found a place called befsztek on Pulawska in Warsaw that sells organic, grass fed humanely slaughtered beef.

you can keep your gmo highly processed beef any day. god bless america.
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9 Jul 2011  #30

pip wrote:

I have found a place called befsztek on Pulawska in Warsaw that sells organic, grass fed humanely slaughtered beef.

that's your comeback? a mention of ONE random store in Warsaw? you think I can't name any number of places in the USA that offers the same (and the steaks will taste even better)???

baldwingrassfedbeef.com/shop/pc/home.asp
benwoodyfarm.com/?gclid=CN2pi5CQ9KkCFcbb4Aode3otXw
meadow-view-farm.com

why don't you just give up on trying to defend your idiotic first post about meat in the USA and save yourself the trouble and aggrivation.

big sweeping comments from people trying to generalize about the USA will always make you look like an idiot. especially people that claim to have "lived there for 6 months" and now claim to be an expert on the entire country. this is just one example of how little you know.




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