Posts Tagged ‘freezer burn’

British Bacon

July 26, 2011
Despite all that’s wrong with European membership, it occasionally throws up a ruling, which points up the decrepitude of our own Parliament.
The new directive to label packs of water-filled bacon as exactly that is a brilliant example.
Food manufacturers started using this “Golden Tap” in the Eighties, to bulk up sausages. They then realised that this device could also inject water into meat, so allowing them to defraud their customers by selling water at the same price as meat.
One consequence has been that you can no longer fry packaged bacon, because of the spitting. Even grilling sees the emergence of white fluids onto the surface of the bacon as it shrivels to half its size.
Isn’t it better that Supermarkets sell waterless bacon and other meats, at twice the price, knowing the customer will still get the same amount of meat, without being defrauded, without having difficulty cooking it properly and without all the flavour leaving the product with the exuded water.
I know that some say that frozen chickens have to be pumped full of water, so that the freeze properly, but this is no longer a valid argument, since vacuum sealing does the same job of preventing freezer burn.
Shame on our MP’s for allowing this practice of adulterating our food and allowing European M.P.’s to show the way.

Vacuum pumps

August 29, 2010

I have a small electric pump that cost £5:00. It’s not much cop but that’s beside the point.

The point that I wish to make is that  it should be possible top manufacture a small domestic vacuum pump that could prove very versatile around the home.

I do not feel the the domestic vacuum cleaner, which is really a fan blower in reverse, is either efficient enough or versatile enough.

What uses?

How about filtering wine etc. or sieving smoothies or fruit for jam, or baby food.  All that’s needed is a double neck bottle attachment, that would allow air to be drawn out one side, while the filtered/sieved material entered on the other. (see earlier item on the pooter)

Attachments could include:

a small tub, in which could be placed small damp items of clothing that needed a quick drying.

a small tub for meringues, which need to be dried out rather than cooked (and burned).

a small tub for making biltong and other dried foods.

a small tub for setting solvent based glues or painted items.

a plastic bag sealer, so meats can be vacuum packed, to avoid freezer burn.

If there was such a vacuum pump, I’m sure that other attachments would come forward, just as they have done for the Power drill and the home computer.