We love the way that the Internet has changed the way that people research new products. There's been a great series of posts and questions about Bacon Salt on Straight Dope. Reviewer Cervaise, who was able to find Bacon Salt at City Fish in Pike Place market here in Seattle (City Fish reported to us earlier today that they only have 5 or 6 lonely containers left) put Bacon Salt to the test and reported back with his findings to the board. Here's a snippet:
The specific taste tests:
For dinner Saturday, I sauteed garlic, asparagus, and Key West pink shrimp with Bacon Salt (Original variety), then deglazed with white wine, added scallion, and served it over fresh pasta that had been tossed with a little butter mixed with Bacon Salt (same).
For breakfast Sunday and Monday, I made several two-egg scrambles, trying each type of Bacon Salt in varying quantities. Based on Saturday night's attempts to set an appropriate level of seasoning in the pasta, I kept track of the amounts of Bacon Salt in each scramble. I also threw in some parmesan for a "carbonara" echo, and more of the scallion.
Then for dinner Monday, I made a rib-eye steak (ATK method) which I'd rubbed with Bacon Salt (Peppered) and let stand for an hour, pan-roasted potatoes dusted with Bacon Salt and garlic powder, and peas mixed with a Bacon Salt sabayon.
Very simple recipes, with few other seasonings, to let the Bacon Salt speak for itself, and not get masked. The sabayon peas were the most significant exception, testing how the bacon salt might behave as a contributing flavor in a more complicated dish instead of as the main taste prop for an ingredient.
Results: delicious. Not as good as sex; Sex can breathe easy. But delicious nevertheless.
You can read much more of his or her review here (scroll down to see it) - it all sounds delicious! Thanks for the review Cervaise!
On the other side of the country, we got a note from Mandeep Gill, the President of the Charlotte Football Initiative (which is trying to bring a college football team to their city). He has apparently started a "Bacon Salt Society" on the University of Charlotte 49ers message board. We hadn't really given much thought to societies being formed in Bacon Salt's honor - and are now incredibly curious what the initiation rights will be. Thanks for the support in spreading the word - and we hope you get that football team soon!