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Good Things Come In 3’s — Teaching Bacon! (2 of 3)

2/4/2013

Remember that date.

You ask why?
2/4/2013 is the date that I will be teaching the art of making bacon to a group of culinary students. Yes I am going to be teaching young minds the art of Charcuterie. Or to quote Darth Vader, “The circle is now complete. When I left you I was but the learner and now I am the Master.” I know the quote is a stretch in this case, but I do not often get the chance to quote Star Wars.

You may also ask why I, Jeff Kukral, have been asked to help mold the minds of the youth. My only answer is…because my bacon and other meats is to freaking die for. The great teacher at San Juan High School Culinary Academy recognizes awesomeness and thinks a guest teacher is just what her kids need.

I am going to teach there!!!!

I am going to teach there!!!!

I am so very excited. For about three hours I will be able to teach the kids how to brine the pork belly and how the process works. I get to teach them how the “pink salt” kills pathogens like Botulism and how sea salt brings out moisture and then it gets sucked back into the meat.

I have a little bit of time, but I really need to start working on my lesson plan. Thank goodness I am married to a super teacher that will help me. At least I hope she will help me. (WINK WINK-Honey)

So far the plan is that I will have three slabs of pork belly in various stages of the curing process. The 1st one will be one without the cure and the lesson will be the art of mixing the salts and then spreading them over the belly. The next will be about half way through the process. Letting the kids see and feel this will show them how the cure changes the belly and turns it into bacon. Finally the goal is to have a slab in the smoker and at the end allow the kids to taste a fresh smoked slab. How freaking exciting is this. A student at the academy.

I am a little worried however. I know how to cure, I know how to smoke, I know how to create delicious food, but I do not know how to teach. Thank goodness the teacher will be there and I learned my wife will be on campus so if she hears me yelling she might come save me. Remember she is the super teacher. (HAHA)

I am just so excited about this opportunity and I would like to thank Sandi and the Culinary Academy. Please take a moment and learn more about this wonderful school and the Culinary Pathway within it.

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Good Things Come In 3’s — Bacon Fest (1 of 3)

WOW…good things my friends, good things.

Let me talk about them one at a time.
SACRAMENTO’s BACON FEST 2013 Bacon Fest 2013

I am teaming up with a legitimate local restaurant chef/mentor (I don’t know if I have permission to share the name yet) and we are going to enter Bacon Fest 2014 next year. We had our first meeting the other night and discussed some specifics.

Our first step is to go to this year’s Bacon Fest and see what the competition will be working on. After we see the “enemy” we can work on what we want to cook. I will be selecting some fresh pork belly and curing it about a week and a half before the event. Working with my sous chef (her idea) we will then create our masterpiece. It will blow the mind and the taste palate.

Savory or Sweet
Single Bite or A Dish

I kind of want to stick to savory as I think everyone is wowed with sweet bacon dishes. Things like bacon ice cream or bacon cake are really good but I want people to be surprised with the simplicity of bacon its self. We have plenty of time to think about our ideas, but the first thing to pop into my head is a really rich bacon soup. But as I said, we have time to think.

Now, I proclaim that I am going to enter Bacon Fest 2014 when I don’t know even if that is a possibility. I just do not see why they would not allow another person to this great event. My sous chef knows some of the big wigs here in Sacramento when it comes to food so we might have an “in”. We will see. But for now we will go to the event later this month and plan on being at the event next year. .

*FYI, the picture for this post comes from the Bacon Fest Website. Giving Credit Where Credit is Due. http://baconfestsac.com/ *

(Please comment if you have any ideas.)

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