A-Pork-Alypse? - Penny Lane Blog at Allrecipes.com - 285260

Penny Lane

Sep. 30, 2012 7:51 am 
Updated: Oct. 8, 2012 7:02 pm

Say it isn't so!  A bacon shortage?  That is what 'they' say.

It must be serious - Bacon eating contests are being cancelled! 

What will Sunday morning breakfast of bacon and eggs be without the bacon?  That is just unthinkable. 

Bacon has played an important part of my life.  The smell of bacon cooking was better than an alarm clock.  The memories of camping and cooking bacon in the great outdoors still brings a smile to my face.  Besides, if it weren't for bacon my kids would never had learned to like green beans.  

As a kid, if it weren't for bacon I would never have been able to choke down the liver and onions that appeared on the dinner table.  Bless you, bacon!


What will become of my favorite breakfast sandwich, BLT with a fried egg?

Of course it is not just bacon but all pork products and that makes me sad.

I like pork!  

Ribs? Yes please!  

What will become of the Easter ham or the Crown Roast of Pork?  Seriously, I can't imagine Easter chicken and No Baking Papa declared lamb a no-no, Turkey belongs to Thanksgiving and beef is reserved for Christmas.  Sigh.....

Chicken sausage might be pretty tasty but I do believe that sausage    rolls, a holiday tradition in this house, need to be made with pork.

Have you noticed that the price of bacon has been going up for quite some time while the price of other pork products have stayed pretty reasonable?   I think the bacon producers understand our love of bacon and know that no matter what the price, we will manage to afford a pound of those salty, fatty, delicious strips.  

Between the drought in the Mid-West and the soaring cost of feed, not to mention that corn is used to produce fuel as well as feed, the price of pork is going to sky rocket. 

I don't know about you but I have not seen the price of gas going down as a result of using corn for fuel.  For goodness sake, save the corn for the critters!


I grumble as I pay $4.99 for a gallon as gas - unless of course that gallon of gas is going to take me to the store to buy bacon.  

I may become a bacon hoarder.  

Sep. 30, 2012 8:06 am
I was just telling DW yesterday that we should stock up on bacon. BLT's are in the regular rotation here.
Sep. 30, 2012 8:10 am
bd.weld - BLT's are one of my favorites! I went to WinCo and stocked up on my favorite pepper bacon - I better go back and get more!
Sep. 30, 2012 8:13 am
Oh Ba'Nana, say it ain't so! I almost love bacon as much as I love you! You and bacon, now that's a tasty duet! I'll play the supply and demand games. I'll compromise on most issues. Where I draw the line in the sand is with BACON! I must have it. It's a staple in this house. Yes, my son Stephen's favorite vegetable is fried green beans with BACON. Randt's breakfast sandwich is a scrambled egg with bacon. And what about the Mason jar in the refrigerator filled with smokey bacon fat? No, life would be sad without BACON! Excuse me, I need to run to the store now before they run out of our precious commodity, BACON! Love you, my friend!
Sep. 30, 2012 8:15 am
Oops! Thant's DH, "Randy". Sorry, Honey!
Sep. 30, 2012 8:15 am
Oh, forget it! I can't spell!
Sep. 30, 2012 8:27 am
I think there will be a shortage of everything this year. No feed for the animals. I recently tried Smithfield's double thick bacon and can't wait until I'm done with everything in my freezer. I'd better stock up---especially now it's the first of the month because that bacon is $$$$. But we only eat a piece each on Sundays.
Sep. 30, 2012 8:29 am
LOL - Cathy! I think you can spell, you just can't type! I am a card carrying member of the 'Bacon Party' - everything is better with bacon! In fact, I should vote Bacon for President! That would fix everything, wouldn't it? :)
Sep. 30, 2012 8:34 am
I think you are right Marianne - it is going to be a rough year for food prices. There is going to have to be some serious bacon rationing when the grand kids come over - they seem to think the 1st pound of bacon is for snacking! Like you, Sunday is our bacon day. Honestly, it wouldn't be Sunday without bacon.
Sep. 30, 2012 8:36 am
I kind of like the smell of bacon lingering in my house on Sunday afternoons!
Sep. 30, 2012 8:48 am
Come to think of it, I think I like the smell of bacon even more than the taste!
Sep. 30, 2012 8:53 am
After watching the corn fields around here turn to a crisp, I agree 100%! SAVE THE CORN for the CRITTERS!!! The fields across from us brought in a little more than those down the road. Farther south, the corn was a total loss. I was just thinking today about hoarding some bacon myself. I NEED it for the cheesy bacon hamburgers, the BLT's and the bacon garlic wine sauce I'm experimenting with. We should start a petition!!
Sep. 30, 2012 8:59 am
Oh Cat, I can't imagine those poor farmers! To watch entire fields turn to a crisp & die must have been heart breaking. If I start hoarding bacon, I better get a lock for the freezer. Those kids of mine LOVE bacon!
Sep. 30, 2012 9:00 am
Baking Nana, I can't imagine bacon without eggs. Breakfast burritos with bacon are always on the menu. Bacon is the perfume I wear many mornings. My dog just loves the smell of bacon. Looks like no sharing with the dog.
Sep. 30, 2012 9:08 am
Yes, living in the Midwest, we have been hearing of the upcoming Porkopolypse for several months. The crops this year were the saddest things I have seen in decades. I would say that beef won't be far behind in prices...maybe not shortages. So much we use in our food has corn as a component. Cereals, chips, tortillas etc. will all be going up. Many things we use for baking, too, will be impacted. Probably not a bad idea to start to stock up on a few things every week as we move towards the holidays.... which are coming pretty quickly!! Good blog, BN!
Sep. 30, 2012 9:48 am
Good morning Lela. Eggs and bacon are indeed a match made in heaven. We consider breakfast for dinner a real treat & breakfast burritos on Sunday mornings are perfect. I can't do bacon everyday when when I do I am certainly not sharing it with the dog!
Sep. 30, 2012 10:07 am
chris k - Indeed, this is going to impact the entire food supply. Here in California we are hearing more and more about dairy farmers who are simply quitting, not moving - just quitting. When the cost of feed and water exceeds the return they can't stay in business. What are we going to do, import milk and meat (corn) from China? It is going to be a rough year for food prices for sure. If the price of soda pop triples - I could care less but there are too many staples that are going to be increasing too. You are right, time to stock up while the prices aren't so bad.
Sep. 30, 2012 12:10 pm
As usual, Baking Nana, you have given us something to consider. I heard about the bacon shortage, and like you, I wondered if I should stock up! Like most of the posters here, I feel there are times when nothing besides bacon will do. I wish I could have a more optimistic outlook about the coming year. As far as the CA dairy farmers are concerned, we will all rue the day when our entire food supply is controlled by Monsanto and "Big Food" because they have strangled the independents!
Sep. 30, 2012 12:41 pm
Have no fear ! It is just the media running with a small study conducted by people who think vegetables are the only food. There will still be plenty of bacon to be had and you will not have to hoard (which I have already done by the way), we will all just have to pay a little bit more.
Sep. 30, 2012 4:39 pm
BN: I have also been noticing some upward stairsteps in the price of my favorite bacon. Very soon, my food budget may exceed my fuel budget. Nice blog, Penny!
Sep. 30, 2012 4:54 pm
The NYTimes says we don't need to worry. There will be enough bacon for those who don't mind paying the ever rising prices. All meats seem to be getting insanely expensive and poultry isn't much better. Meatless Mondays may extend further into each week around here.
Sep. 30, 2012 7:29 pm
Doug: (which I have already done by the way), LOL.
Sep. 30, 2012 7:34 pm
Hi Bibi - I feel most sorry for the farmers and ranchers. I can't imagine being the farmer / rancher who is the last in line and having to close the farm. The farmer that had to sit helpless and watch their crops wither and die. The family farm is fighting an uphill battle against Big Food. It renews my commitment to buy from local providers - yet this year, two of our local farm stands closed mid-summer and not only are they closed the stands themselves are gone. I take it they threw in the towel and won't be returning.
Sep. 30, 2012 7:40 pm
Doug - I know you want to reassure me - I also know that you are protecting your own bacon supplies! Yes, we will pay more - just like beef prices that shot up a couple of years ago, I expect all pork products to do the same, right along with chicken. Right now, of course I am jesting about hoarding bacon.....well, kind of. ;)
Sep. 30, 2012 7:51 pm
bikerfamily - Between fuel and food it is a battle, isn't it? I cringe when I see the price of bacon climbing with no end in site. The price of a BLT may exceed that of a steak dinner and that is just plain sad. My daughter has a huge crew to feed daily along with a huge budget for fuel - bacon hasn't been in her food budget for a long time.....she sends her kids to Nana's house for bacon. :)
Sep. 30, 2012 7:56 pm
BSM - Oh, there will be bacon, if you are prepared to pay for it. I just wonder how the price of those huge (right now affordable) pork loins will increase compared to that of bacon. Somehow, I think bacon - because it is bacon, will far exceed other pork products. Well, except for rib .... those rank right up there with bacon. Yep, I see more meatless meals in the future of many families - let's hope they know how to make tasty lentils.
Sep. 30, 2012 7:57 pm
King Sparta - do you have your own bacon stash? Somehow, I think you just might!
Sep. 30, 2012 10:21 pm
I don't eat much bacon these days. And I HATE cooking it! Hate the grease splatter. I need it in my potato salad, but usually sub bacon bits - it works fine for the flavor, but without the mess (= One of my favorite memories is my mom's entire family gathered at Gramma and Grampa's weekender in Wrightwood with bacon cooked, and eggs fried in the bacon grease! And eating those bacon and eggs on the back porch! A few years ago, friends were moving back east, and had a party to use up some of the [side?] of beef they had in their freezer. My "job" was to cook the bacon. I was standing there with that skillet of bacon grease, and said I needed a dozen eggs. My hostess was SO puzzled - but her mom understood me perfectly (=
Sep. 30, 2012 10:38 pm
& LOL @ Cathy Myers! [Can't you just HEAR her "saying" all that above!!!]
Oct. 1, 2012 5:44 am
Cook Bacon On A Wire Rack In The Oven. There Is No Splatter All Over The Stove Top, And Actually Come Out Better. And I do Have about 10 lbs of bacon in my freezer, that's just normal for sue and me.
Oct. 1, 2012 6:15 am
well, my husband is a small pork or bacon producer. Let me tell you, we are not price setters. The amount of money we get for a hog is way way less, than what we pay for the feed! So how long till we are off the farm?? I feel very sad about this, and I also feel like we just can't help it.
Oct. 1, 2012 7:11 am
Since pork is the only meat we purchase, (catch our own fish, raise poultry and hunt red meat, also harvest any veg or fruit I can grow) I usually stock up on my quarterly grocery shopping spree. Living in central Canada all my life, (farmer's daughter and now small commercial construction busisness owner/operator) we know that life is feast or famine so have learned long ago to balance out the bad with the good. I feel for people who have never needed to live in moderation or must cut back on the nonessentials to get through some tough times. I watch galla events that make me sick to think that millions of dollars are spent while we try and save the odd dollar by gathering, saving and budgeting. We will all get through this, or eventually learn to live within our means the way our parents had to. The economy has spoiled some to think that money flow is unending and some have a false feeling that things are owed to them. Step up and take responsibility for some of their own spending and wasting. Food shortages are not new, supply and demand on prices are not new, but learning how to spend effectively will be a new experience for some. I will put away my soap box now:)
Oct. 1, 2012 7:15 am
I hear you loud and clear, rita. We raised hogs for several years, mostly for our own consumtion, but sent a few to market. Some years we made a small profit, most years we broke even until eventually we lost money.
Oct. 1, 2012 8:40 am
Bacon is the best!
Oct. 1, 2012 9:05 am
Good morning Barb. I too have memories of eggs fried in bacon grease but my father would fry the bread in bacon grease too! Ahhhh - the memories! I am not big on bacon bits but those pre-cooked bacon strips that microwave in seconds are a good alternative in a pinch. Yes, Cathy writes like she talks, doesn't she? What a hoot!
Oct. 1, 2012 9:06 am
King Sparta - somehow I knew you would be a bacon hoarder!
Oct. 1, 2012 9:38 am
Orange read the article about the shortage to me over the weekend. Poor guy, he's devastated! He's a real "Pig" kinda guy. He loves anything swine. Did you know that Bacon has the same effect on your brain that cocaine or heroine has. The more you eat, the more you want! Guess I'll have to prepare for my sweetie's "withdrawals." LOL!!! In the meatime, he's canning pork loin's like crazy. They've been on sale here.
Oct. 1, 2012 10:26 am
rita - Thank you for stopping in and leaving comment and thank you husband for all his hard work. I really do understand that it isn't the independent farmers getting wealthy at the consumers expense. Like I said, when it costs more in feed and water than you receive in return it is impossible to continue. How sad it that? My heart breaks for the hard working farmers and ranchers who work so hard for such a small return. I have a feeling that the price of pork has not kept pace with the price of feed for quite some time. I wish you and your family well....thank your husband for feeding our bacon addiction.
Oct. 1, 2012 10:38 am
RNG - although this was intended to bring some humor to a not so funny subject - you make some valid points. In reality bacon is not a necessity - in fact my daughter with the huge family to feed rarely if ever buys it. (She sends her lovable locust to my house for bacon.) But those huge pork loins make a regular appearance at her house. They have been an affordable source of lean protein. Considering the lack of waste it is a better bang for the buck than chicken. There have always been droughts and floods, ruined crops but yes, we have all gotten used to walking into a grocery store and having every possible product available for purchase. Rather than a 'staple' bacon is moving into the luxury category.
Oct. 1, 2012 10:43 am
Good morning Candice. Poor Orange - is he getting a little anxious? I need to start stocking up on those pork loins. I really love pork - loins, chops, shoulders you name it and I am a fan. Veggies are great but toss me a juicy chop and I am a happy camper.
Oct. 1, 2012 10:53 am
BTW, Candice, you confirmed for me something I have suspected for a while, bacon is addictive!
Oct. 1, 2012 10:54 am
I love it, Baking Nana! I've often told people I think I could manage to become a vegetarian except for bacon. Although i do love other meats as well, bacon is king! And my smoked pork...sigh...I'd sure miss that. I actually bought a big package of bacon this weekend that I plan to divide and freeze. You can officially count me among the hoarders! : )
Oct. 1, 2012 12:47 pm
Welcome to the Bacon hoarder club, wisweetp. I know bacon isn't health food but it is so good therefore it qualifies for an exemption! All this talk about pork.....I had to head to the freezer for a package of pork tenderloins for dinner. We love those too!
Oct. 1, 2012 12:57 pm
so sorry to rain on your fun blog, B'Nana, my fun radar is so off lately
Oct. 1, 2012 1:25 pm
RNG - I know where you were coming from. No worries, you are always welcome here, soap box and all!
Oct. 1, 2012 1:31 pm
When I cook bacon I always drain the drippings into a glass jar that I keep refrigerated. I often get the bacon flavor in a dish by cooking an ingredient in the drippings. You don't get that little crunch that bacon offers, but the heavenly flavor still shines through and best of all - there was no waste!
Oct. 1, 2012 1:48 pm
BSM - My mother always saved the bacon grease and then so did I. Then I went to throwing it away so as not to have it to tempt me - then I started saving it. The best part is 'fond' - all that delicious flavor stuck to the bottom of the pan. Now that is REAL FLAVOR! De-glaze that and add to gravy or soups etc.. Yum Yum!
Oct. 1, 2012 2:11 pm
Now I'm back with a question, BN. You mentioned the fond, and I so agree that is delicious flavor! Now to my question...I do deglaze and use when I am cooking bacon to use immediately in a dish, but do you deglaze and then freeze to add to soups later? And if you do, does that work well, and what's the best liquid? I always save my drippings and keep them in the fridge or freezer! We try not to have bacon that often, but I don't want to face being without it. : )
Oct. 1, 2012 2:58 pm
wisweetp - if I am making any gravy or sauce I de-glaze with broth usually - could use water or wine too and use it in that BUT if I am not making anything else - I de-glaze, again with water or broth, cool and add to a container in the freezer. Man does that step gravy / stocks / soups up a notch!
Oct. 1, 2012 6:08 pm
Thanks for the tip! I a definitely doing that with stock next time I make bacon. My lentil soup will never have it so good! : )
Oct. 1, 2012 9:32 pm
Lentil soup! Yum! with bacon? Double Yum.
Oct. 2, 2012 11:59 am
Hae you tried Panceta, (Italian bacon). It is pricey too but does not let off as much grease. I buy it in the sealed plastic envelope style bags and have it for breakfast, so crispy and good. Great on BLTs and in main dishes that call for bacon, beans/lentils, coqavin etc. Just a plan B for you.
Oct. 2, 2012 1:29 pm
Covergirl - I love pancetta, unfortunately it is pricer than regular bacon. But I agree, so tasty!
Oct. 2, 2012 4:46 pm
You're too cute Baking Nana! Cute blog.
Oct. 3, 2012 11:55 am
Thanks, KGora - just trying to bring a little humor to a dire situation! Checking the bacon stash again............
Oct. 3, 2012 5:33 pm
My Jewish neighbor Howard was devastated when I told him that I may not be able to afford the "kosher" bacon I feed him :)
Oct. 3, 2012 7:28 pm
BRAVO! !! LOL $ 4-6 a lb? Crazy! Farmer John hot dogs are 4 bucks a pack too!:(: I wait till they go on sale at Food 4 Less to stock up. Guess I will have to Extra vigilant when looking for meat candy. Btw, I'm with Papa Nana, NO Lamb! !
Oct. 3, 2012 7:34 pm
Mauigirl - Please tell Howard that I am on the track of his Kosher bacon - we will not let him down!
Oct. 3, 2012 7:39 pm
Hi Patty! Holy smokes - don't get me started on hot dogs! I can't believe what those prices are - for??? HOTDOGS??? Geez - the face of the All American picnic is changing not to mention breakfast, with bacon.
Oct. 3, 2012 7:39 pm
FYI, we eat ham during T Day along with big bird. FUNNY ARSE BLOG PENNY!! THANKS! !
Oct. 3, 2012 7:40 pm
I wonder if Trader Does has Kosher bacon. Huh
Oct. 3, 2012 7:42 pm
Lol great! I have Cathy disease, no body I'd rather be sick with:) Trader Joes!!
Oct. 4, 2012 5:58 am
Oh Patty, you are too funny - you know what? I read Trader Does as Trader Joe's. If any place actually sold Kosher bacon, it would be Trader Joe's.
Oct. 4, 2012 10:35 am
had to let you know, just checked my small town local grocer and they had REAL hams, actual cuts with bone in-no netting, real hams for 2$/lb-must be a sale for Thanksgiving. I scooped up 2, got them to my truck, then went back and bought 2 more. I am stocked with pork for the most part of winter now. Found bacon at the big wholesale place 20.00 for an 11 pound box, if I bought 2 boxes, which I did. Brought it home, broke it up into useable sized pieces and rewrapped. I am done hoarding now:P and still left plenty at the store for the next hoarder
Oct. 4, 2012 10:36 am
normally bacon on sale is 3.50/lb on a good sale, and 4-5$/lb, but I can see it sky rocketing soon
Oct. 4, 2012 1:26 pm
LOL - good find RNG! Thanks for leaving some for the next hoarder!
Oct. 5, 2012 8:06 pm
You all made me so hungry for bacon, I think I will just have to go and fry up a pan full!!!
Oct. 5, 2012 8:30 pm
grannygigi - RESTRAINT! Fry up a couple of slices and save some for tomorrow - unless you have a great big stash of bacon! In which case, can you send me your address, please.....
Oct. 6, 2012 11:40 am
I've been trying to catch up on the blogs and I discovered there is absolutely no shortage on chicken sausage. We must find the secret to chicken sausage and apply it to bacon so we won't suffer the "shortage". ... I find the word shortage to be dubius. When it became apparent that the drought was going to be serious, the pig buyers dropped the price they were going to pay the farmer which forced the farmers to sell off their herds. That created a glut in the supply that the processors rapidly (and happily) reduced rather cheaply and then put into frozen storage. Once again the farmer got stuck in the neck and the consumer gets it too. Around here, a few of the smaller farmers are keeping their herds and feeding the herds off their land and restaurant garbage. There's talk that they will become their own processing cooperative to minimize the shady practices of the large processor. They feel they can offset the startup price by not being bulldozed by the buyers and processors anymore.
Oct. 6, 2012 12:45 pm
Hi Mike! I wish those independent farmers well! I can only hope that the farmers come out ahead eventually. They certainly deserve a break. Glad to see you around these parts again, we have missed you. :)
Oct. 7, 2012 11:52 am
A-Pork-alypse! You are funny! We are so used to cheap pork here, I cannot believe the price escalating beyond my reach. As much as I love my steak I cannot imagine being without pork tenderloin, pork shoulder roast, pork hocks, pork stir fry, pork stew, pork chops, pork ribs, pork meat soups........I eat everything except the oink!
Oct. 7, 2012 1:21 pm
2bczar4u - I am with you! Love all things pork. Don't get me wrong I like a nice cut of beef too - but if I had to choose, I'd pick pork for sure. In fact, I better defrost some pork for dinner!
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Every morning my granddaughter calls and says, "Good morning Nana. Whatcha doing? Are you baking Nana?" Hence my name, Baking Nana. I love to bake bread and never get tired of it. Yeast is additive! Visit me at BakingNana.com If you would like to contact me directly please use the 'Contact Me' on my site. http://bakingnana.com/contact-me/
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