My wife talked about the food that we had prepared, then she introduced me to talk about the special sauce.
I started like this. "Not long ago, I called mayonnaise "white death." Like so many others in this country, I was brainwashed to believe that fat, especially "artery clogging saturated fat was unhealthy." It could only lead to an early grave."
You see we had made some homemade mayonnaise, but instead of using normal cooking oil, we used rendered bacon fat to make it. It is delectable. Baconnaise is the new black.
Here is the handout we prepared for the group at BaconCamp.
Look at the ingredients: a simple emulsion of egg yolk, bacon fat, canola oil, lemon juice, and water. By far, the worst ingredient in there is canola oil, and a lot of folks believe that it is actually good for you. I have moved to the belief that if the food is something that we, as a species, could have eaten 15,000 years ago, it's probably ok. Food that has been around for less time than that carries more risk. So pork, lemon, and eggs are good, whereas canola in my mind is a question mark.
So, we aren't going to eat the stuff by the tablespoon, but it is delicious as a condiment. Try it on a baconburger or BLT.
The judges at BaconCamp overall liked the BET, but I think one of them got a piece of endive from which the baconnaise had fallen out. The baby artichoke was blander. We would have been much better off if we had really heaped on the baconnaise. One judge dinged it because he could "taste the artichoke."
All in all fun. We will be back next year.
By the way, we met a guy, Tom, from the Wooly Pigs Company. He sold us a package of jowl bacon from their Mangalitsa herd. It was like a drug deal--cash for a package. They have been in business a few years. I can't wait to try it. I won't blog a review, but watch my tweets.
By the way, I got the name white death from a comic strip from the 80s called Arnold. It was a favorite of mine. Arnold was a sick little dude.
Perhaps he was talking about Hellman's mayonnaise
Soybean oil, whole eggs, vinegar, water, egg yolks, salt, sugar, lemon juice, natural flavors, calcium disodium EDTA (used to protect quality)