Wikipedia says bacon is a "cured meat prepared from a pig." Is that the correct definition? If yes, is uncured bacon actually bacon? Also, if you just cut pork belly into strips and fry it, will it come out like bacon? If no, what additionally processing is done to pork belly strips to make it into uncured bacon?
asked byMike_T_1 (9402)
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on December 04, 2012
at 06:29 PM
It is belly until salted, then pancetta until smoked, then it is bacon.
Uncured bacon means that celery powder was used to as the nitrate source to cure the belly and it is unsmoked (which I contend should thus be labeled pancetta!) when celery powder is used they can label it as "No Nitrites Added" and charge double!