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bacon Cured (and sometimes smoked) meat from the back, sides, and belly of a pig; variety of cuts with differing fat contents. Gammon is bacon made from the top of the hind legs; green bacon has been cured but not smoked.

A 100‐g portion of boiled collar joint is a rich source of protein, niacin, and vitamin B1, a source of vitamin B2 and iron; contains 30 g of fat, of which 40% is saturated; supplies 320 kcal (1345 kJ). A 100‐g grilled gammon rasher is exceptionally rich in vitamin B1 (0.9 mg); a rich source of protein and niacin; a good source of iron; a source of vitamin B2; contains 12 g of fat, of which 40% is saturated; supplies 230 kcal (970 kJ). A 100‐g portion of fried, streaky bacon is a rich source of protein, niacin, and vitamin B1; a source of vitamin B2 and iron; contains 45 g of fat, of which 40% is saturated; supplies 500 kcal (2100 kJ). Also a source of zinc, copper, and selenium.

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bacon, 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.

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bacon in early use, bacon was used to mean not just the cured meat from the back and sides of a pig, but also fresh pork, the meat most readily available to the rural population; from this, the word was used to mean a rustic, a clown.

Recorded from Middle English, the word comes via Old French from a Germanic word meaning ‘ham, flitch’, related to back.


bring home the bacon achieve success. The phrase probably derives from bacon in much earlier save one's bacon, recorded from the mid 17th century, and may in turn go back to idea that pig's meat was an essential and common article of food.

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ba·con / ˈbākən/ • n. cured meat from the back or sides of a pig. PHRASES: bring home the bacon inf. 1. supply material provision or support; earn a living. 2. achieve success.

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bacon XIV. — OF. bacon, AN. -un — Frankish *bako ham, flitch. f. Gmc. *bakam BACK1.

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