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Sunday, October 14, 2012

Makin’ Bacon from Skinny Pigs


Trim ponies munching
grass in a Gros Inlet
yard, St. Lucia.

Saint Lucia seems to be the land of lean, if not mean, animals.  Not much in the way of fat cats, plump puppies or ponies, big-gutted goats, heavy hens, Rubinesque roosters or curvaceous cows.  These four-legged folks are very much part of the landscape.  They wander, sometimes freely in yards, across sidewalks and roads, on the beach…. 
Goats trimming grass at an industrial
site on St. Lucia.

Honestly, we haven’t seen the pigs but we’re guessing they too are more petite that porky, especially since we’ve discovered Streaky Bacon.

While much of Saint Lucian food doesn’t seem to concern itself with low sugar or lean protein, we’ve become fans of Streaky Bacon, a Saint Lucia product.  We’re not sure exactly how lean it is, as Saint Lucian labels don’t appear to require specifying nutritional content.  We’re guessing we won’t get Streaky Bacon elsewhere, as they’d include fat content along with the other nutritional info if they were exporting.


$8.51 EC with tax for 9 slices.
In U.S. dollars that's about
$3.50 or 3 slices for a buck.
What I do know… when cooking Streaky Bacon there’s no need to have a jar to drain the fat.  I still give the pan a half-hearted wipe with a paper towel if I’m cooking a full package and sautĂ©ing something compatible with a little bacon grease in the same skillet. I do put the cooked bacon on a paper towel before serving, but then I blot the grease of pizza slices, too. Unlike likely even leaner Canadian bacon, 

Notice no fact content or percent is listed; good 
not-for-export indicator.
Streaky Bacon is not cloyingly sweet.  I’m betting I’ll be Jonesin’ for Streaky Bacon much more than I would for an American burger or even pizza. The bummer is, once we leave St. Lucia, that’s the last we’ll see of Streaky Bacon.