Wednesday, February 22, 2012

Bacon In a Jar

Did you know you used to be able to buy bacon packaged in a jar?  I seem to vaguely remember this stuff still being around when I was a kid and it was already cooked, wrapped in wax paper and sealed in a jar.  I suppose it was one of those holdover things from when refrigeration was not accessible and most people were lucky to have an ice box.  We've become spoiled in our modern era of huge refrigerators with freezers the size of Alaska so that most things that used to come in a can now are to be found in the frozen foods section.  It's not a bad thing really,  just annoying when the power goes out for extended periods of time... like Hurricane season. 

The housewife in this ad is looking quite adoringly at those folded over slices of bacon.  Hey, I like bacon as much as the next guy but I don't look at it like it was my child.  If you read carefully you can see some of the other products that Beech Nut made like Catsup... I haven't seen ketchup called catsup for years.  I guess Heinz finally lost the copyright to ketchup so everyone else can call their product ketchup now and not something that sounds like it was produced by a sick cat.  Also I'm not even going to ask what Oscar's Sauce was... Ok actually I did look it up and found this recipe:

Oscar Sauce.
1 peck ripe tomatoes
6 stalks celery
12 onions
3 red peppers
3 green peppers
1 1/4 small bottles horseradish
2 1/2 pounds brown sugar
3 tablespoons salt, level
1 1/2 cups vinegar
1/2 ounce white mustard seed.
Chop vegetables. Cook all together slowly for 2 1/2 hours. Makes 12 pints.
(Recipe courtesy of

Sounds... interesting at least.  Apparently it was invented by the Chief Chef at the Waldorf-Astoria Hotel who was named, curiously enough, Oscar.


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