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flesh of hogs—especially from the sides, belly, or back—that has been preserved by being salted or pickled and then dried with or without wood smoke. Traditionally, the process consisted of soaking the pork in brine or rubbing it in a salt mixture by hand, then smoking the sides in smoke from an open chimney. It sometimes took three or four months. Bacon is still home cured in some rural communities, but the bulk of its manufacture is carried on in large industrial meatpacking plants equipped to slaughter, dress, cure, smoke, and sell on a large scale. Bacon refers to different cuts in different countries. In the United States it usually means the side between the fifth rib and the hipbone. In Europe, the word bacon generally refers to one half of a fattened pig. Bacon has one of the highest fat contents of any cut of meat.


1. Francis, Baron Verulam, Viscount St. Albans. 1561--1626, English philosopher, statesman, and essayist; described the inductive method of reasoning: his works include Essays (1625), The Advancement of Learning (1605), and Novum Organum (1620)
2. Francis. 1909--92, British painter, born in Dublin, noted for his distorted, richly coloured human figures, dogs, and carcasses
3. Roger. ?1214--92, English Franciscan monk, scholar, and scientist: stressed the importance of experiment, demonstrated that air is required for combustion, and first used lenses to correct vision. His Opus Majus (1266) is a compendium of all the sciences of his age
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Robins, which are at their most colourful and vocal in the winter months, are not seed eaters but will happily tuck into meal worms - which can be bought from any fishing tackle shop - finely chopped bacon rind and grated cheese.
NUTS and fatty foods such as bacon rind will provide valuable energy for wild birds at this time of year but make sure bird tables are clean.
Put sultanas, raisins, chopped apple and bacon rind, corn, bird seed and peanuts in a small plastic pudding basin and gradually add the melted suet.
The name of this plain sausage is a linguistic mystery, as in France a cervelas designates a sausage containing pig's brain (= cerveau, Latin cerebellum) which is not the case with its Swiss namesake, made of beef with a mixture of bacon rinds.
Wild birds near us seem to love leftover cooked pasta, rice and potatoes, bread and toast scraps, bacon rinds, cake, biscuits, dried fruit and fresh fruit that's gone a bit squashy - blue tits, robins, thrushes and blackbirds all love half apples.
New microwave technology employed in this package heats and puffs the bacon rinds and eliminates overcooking or undercooking.
Can I use bedding from the rabbit hutch, cat poo, orange peel, bacon rinds and leaves I've raked up?
Foods such as breadcrumbs (moisten very dry bread first or it will cause dehydration), stale cake and biscuits, cooked rice, pasta and pastry, cooked potatoes, cheese (crumbled or grated), bacon rinds, chop fat and suet (hang it from a branch and watch the birds enjoy it), windfalls or bruised apples, raisins, sultanas etc.
I festooned the apple tree with fat balls and bacon rinds.