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Ugh what is wrong with this bacon?? Or is it just my imagination (from farmers market). It smells like.. uh..sweaty musky animal in a barn??

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 24, 2012 at 7:04 AM

Ok describing smells is hard to do but yeah thats what it makes me think of. I grew up with goats/sheep and other various creatures. I know how they smell on a warm day - its not unpleasant or anything.. just very animally?

So I don't know if its just me imagining things because of the conversation I had with the vendor or what. It doesn't smell rancid just.. like stressed out musky animal?? No sweet salty bacony smell. Just. what I imagine would be pigs on a warm day if you were to pet one.

So I was psyched to find ends and pieces for 3$. The vendor was a little weird.. but hey.. a lot of them are not entirely extroverts. Thats ok I don't mind a gruff farmer. But I dunno for some reason it occurred to me while looking at their sign touting free range organic blah blah pork that anyone could put that on their sign. Not sure why it didn't occur to me before then but something about them... Anyway. So they gave me their card and said that they aren't there every week. They said that people email them all the time and even have "given stuff back to them" using the info. She seemed to catch herself after saying it. I remember thinking after that comment after the purchase.

So yeah I don't know if I am just psyching myself out or anything but the bacon does not smell like bacon. It doesn't taste like bacon to me but bf says its fine. Great ill let him finish it off.

Now I know that sometimes farmers market meat doesnt taste like Im used to. Ive had uh..weird tasting free range grass fed beef before. So is it just normal to taste like a barnyard smells??/

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on January 07, 2013
at 04:49 AM

You should ask who certified them as organic and/or ask to see their certification certificate. We always had ours prominently displayed.

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on January 24, 2012
at 09:24 PM

A distinct possibility! Most uncastrated male animals tend to be a bit more odoriferous than castrated males and females. I however don't have experience with pigs first hand.

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on January 24, 2012
at 06:09 PM

I think the sense of smell is individual. But I do recognize that most women have a better sense of smell than I do. I have to be careful with the cologne. If I can smell it, it's usually overpowering to those around me.

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

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on January 24, 2012
at 11:35 AM

That's just good paleo division of labour.

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on January 24, 2012
at 11:26 AM

I used to be a pork lover but now it just smells weird to me like you described so can't eat it.

C00e493393828df34be65ddc25456c7c

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on January 24, 2012
at 11:25 AM

I've read that girls have more taste buds than boys.

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on January 24, 2012
at 11:15 AM

I cant believe that paleo sexism I just read! Women better noses for sniffing bacteria. My god what next? Burning bras?

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on January 24, 2012
at 09:26 AM

Especially since they gave you their card and mentioned they get returns from time to time ;)

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on January 24, 2012
at 08:50 AM

I've bought wild boar meat recently. Smelled like poo. And my grass fed meat tastes like grass.

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246ebf68e35743f62e5e187891b9cba0

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on January 24, 2012
at 01:57 PM

I've had bacon from my rancher that's only been partially smoked and lightly cured... more or less a "koshered" (please forgive this term in context) pork belly, stripped of most of it's moisture but still retaining the gamier smell and taste, without the smoke or cure affecting it. I've found that without the salty/smokey it doesn't retain much flavor on it's own, and it keeps a "musty", slightly barnyard smell and flavor.

It's alot like fatback, without the heavy salt... it reminds me of the fatback my grandmother used to fry and sandwich on biscuits with fresh apples.

And yes, it does smell, and even taste, slightly odd compared to bacon that's been cured throughout and smoked a sufficient amount of time.

Sounds like your source needs to either brine or extend the time they cure the bacon, or they need to smoke it longer.

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on January 24, 2012
at 01:50 PM

I've heard that pigs get castrated so that the meat won't taste of "boar". Maybe the bacon was made of uncastrated pig's meat. Just a guess though, could be also something with their hygiene standards...

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 24, 2012
at 09:24 PM

A distinct possibility! Most uncastrated male animals tend to be a bit more odoriferous than castrated males and females. I however don't have experience with pigs first hand.

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32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

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on January 24, 2012
at 12:54 PM

You didn't care for the animal. Kill it and butcher it. You have no idea what you're eating. Sometimes you'll get good quality products, and other times, less than good quality.

My home butchered bacon is a little over-smoked for my taste, but there's no off-flavor I could describe as barnyard. "Barnyard" flavors generally mean poor hygiene.

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on April 10, 2013
at 12:54 AM

I've experienced the same smell with some pork. I've also tasted it....where the taste is the way an armpit would smell. I've read that it has to do with lactic acid in the meat tissue which typically accumaltes when the animal is stressed or has too much adrenline right before slaughter. The resting perioed after transport to slaughter should be ...around 72 hours-- or that is what I've read. When I smell it..I simply can not eat it because it's revolting to me to point of gagging sometimes.

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on January 07, 2013
at 04:42 AM

It was probably boar taint. I grew up on a hog farm and meat from older swine and uncastrated sexually mature males smells of live swine. Its a terrible smell and unmistakable. Your description on pigs on a warm day is perfect. Its strongee in bacon because the hormone hides in the fat. Its safe to eat if you can get passed the smell and will have a faint "pig" after. taste. Its also less common in light colored swine (ever notice that large hog operations are usually "pink" pigs?) So always ask what color swine your provider raises and if they castrate at birth.

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on January 24, 2012
at 12:16 PM

It's been a looong time since I had home-grown bacon, but I don't remember it ever having that musky barnyard taste. It's possible, though, that what you have is a fluke, and that other bacon from these folks won't taste that way.

You might do some background checking on that vendor. Here in my state, the rules and regs for raising and selling pork are more strenuous than for beef, and it's hard to meet them. Check to see if these guys have been certified lately as meeting your local regulations. If so, I'd probably give them another chance. (And if not--well! 'Nuff said!)

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on January 24, 2012
at 09:24 AM

Makes me wonder if it wasn't packaged "clean", and some of those barnyard bugs might flourishing on the surface of that bacon. Also, if it is bacon ends, those would be the bits that were most exposed to air during smoking/curing, and would smell the most like the surroundings where it was hanging.

Not to be sexist, but women have better noses for sniffing out bacteria (I wonder how much of that led to the division of labor that put women in charge of meal prep). I've gone round and round with hubby about whether or not to throw out meat that smelled off to me, but he couldn't smell anything. If it doesn't smell "good" or neutral, or something just feels off to you, I'd definitely contact the people who sold it to you and ask to return it. Trust your spidey senses.

C00e493393828df34be65ddc25456c7c

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on January 24, 2012
at 11:25 AM

I've read that girls have more taste buds than boys.

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

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on January 24, 2012
at 11:35 AM

That's just good paleo division of labour.

79cb6f03dc808787f6d26bf37bc4c2b9

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on January 24, 2012
at 09:26 AM

Especially since they gave you their card and mentioned they get returns from time to time ;)

6b8d12fc3e43179f9ae1765a4d1a9dc2

(5914)

on January 24, 2012
at 11:15 AM

I cant believe that paleo sexism I just read! Women better noses for sniffing bacteria. My god what next? Burning bras?

5e36f73c3f95eb4ea13a009f4936449f

(8280)

on January 24, 2012
at 06:09 PM

I think the sense of smell is individual. But I do recognize that most women have a better sense of smell than I do. I have to be careful with the cologne. If I can smell it, it's usually overpowering to those around me.

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