My friend Martin Golding is happy to report that deep frying is an excellent way to make up sufficient quantities of bacon for large gatherings of hungry campers.
One of his tasks this past weekend was to make breakfast for ~70 people in a camping environment. With a deep fry set up, Martin was able to crisp up 13 pounds of bacon in less than an hour.
Will deep frying bacon make it unnecessarily greasy? One person out of the 70 thought so. If this were a vegetarian free event, Martin would have addressed that issue by deep frying it in unhydrogenated lard.
I’m sorry- and you were still chewing on the concept of bacon being deep fried let alone in lard… I’ll give you a moment to digest the image of a bacon & lard melange.
As if crispy bacon wasn’t enough reward, the left over cooking oil picks up a smoky bacon flavor that is reportedly excellent for making potato crisps.
Deep fry update from Martin:
“Premium bacon contains less water, and cooks faster.
Eggs can be deep fried, but it’s not pretty. I’ll be working on that.”
More large scale cooking recipes and ideas
- Camping Meals for Over 100 People: Having a good bunch of volunteers made this meal work out really well. Our planning paid off and we were able to easily prep our menu items with out being rushed. It was fun- as feeding hungry people generally has been in my experience.
- Spreadsheet of ingredient amounts and purchase quantities for my greek(ish) meal for 115 people: Inspiration: antipasto dishes, light foods for picking at in warm weather, easy to eat with one utensil, good items for individually building a huge glorified salad. Good items with grilled meat.