The following questions have been asked by a reader of Canadian Fermentation: What is Canadian Bacon? Do Canadians call it Canadian Bacon or something else? Why does Canadin Bacon exist? Is it some kind of conspiracy? What are the origins of this mysterious food? Is Canadian Bacon haunted? If so, can an exorcism be performed to relieve the food of the spirit? What alcoholic beverage goes best with Canadian Bacon? How does Canadian Bacon relate to Canadian Fermentation? Why is Canadian Bacon so important to the World Economy?
Good questions, Amelie, although some of the questions make me question your sanity.
First off, Canadians don’t refer to this product as Canadian Bacon. In Canada it is referred to as Back Bacon or Peameal.
Above are two pictures representing the two types of bacon. As you can see the two items look different. Regular bacon — which we also eat in Canada — is sliced into thin strips. Canadian bacon is presented in wider, rounder slices. Fun game: guess which picture is Canadian Bacon.
I’m not a huge eater of bacon, I like both types, but I just don’t eat either very often. Canadian bacon tends to be more ‘sweet’ and ‘juicy’ in taste and texture. Regular bacon tends to be drier and you can eat it crispy. I can’t remember ever coming across crispy back bacon.
As can be seen above, you can use regular bacon to make a face out of your breakfast. This is not possible with Canadian Bacon.
Canadian Bacon is also the name of a 1995 movie. A Hollywood movie, actually. Directed by the infamous Michael Moore. It’s been a while since I’ve watched the movie, and I don’t think it was great, but I do believe it is better than most people give it credit. I think most people mistake it as laughing at Canada, whereas it’s more of a critique about American perceptions of Canada and Canadians.
My favorite scene from the movie was when the character played by John Candy (ironically playing an loud-mouthed American when he’s actually Canadian), running around Toronto and pushing Canadians out of the way. The American character doesn’t say ‘excuse me’ of course, but all the Canadians being pushed out of the way apologize for being in the way. It’s funny because it’s true.
Having lived on both sides of the border I can honestly say that the scene is pretty accurate, and a good statement on both cultures. As Canadians, a general rule is that we will apologize even when it’s someone else’s doing/fault. It’s an automatic reaction to the situation. Americans don’t do this. If an American is pushed out of the way, they will take on a more combative posture and expect an apology.
So, to sum up, Canadian Bacon, better known as Back Bacon, is better than regular bacon. ‘Canadian Bacon’ the movie is better than most people give it credit. Bacon is made from pigs. Pigs are mammals. Pigs will eat bacon if you feed it to them, which is really pretty gross when you think about it.
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