Over time and through many experiences (some rather unpleasant), we all kind of get a feel for what might be a good idea versus what is probably a really bad idea, right? Especially when it comes to food. So channeling your wisdom and past experience, if I were to offer you bacon in a can would you find it an appealing concept? Room-temperature pork product lathered with grease shoved in to a can and sealed up for freshness sound too delicious to pass up? ...yea, didn't think so. Passing on it was my first reflex too.
Fortunately for me, paychecks are great motivators. So after a bit of negotiation I returned to my office, knuckles dragging, to what I figured would result in a vicious session in the latrine. Well I'm alive and well and here to tell you that while I'm not wrong often, *ahem*, I was wrong about Tactical Bacon.
Right from the moment you pop the can (can-opener required), you are hit with a familiar and appetizing smell of good ol' fashion smoked bacon. The smell turns out to be an important part of the experience though, because it gives you the drive and determination you'll need to figure out how to get the overly stuffed can to give up it's treasures. There's 54 pieces of smoked-goodness hiding between 3 pieces of wax paper, crammed ever-so-tightly in to that little black can. If it weren't for the aroma coaxing you on, most people would probably toss it and move on to something else.
[tip: open both ends of the can and push it out].
I truly believe that if you were to be stuck out in the wilderness for a week or more, upon returning, you would need only a shower and a can of Tactical Bacon to reconnect with your humanity again. It's fully cooked so you can eat it right out of the can. Or, if you have the means, re-heating it in a pan brings it to that light and crispy restaurant style selection.
If I had to complain (and I do), I would gripe about the above mentioned difficulty of removing the bacon from the can. Especially once your fingers have been coated with the grease, it's near impossible. Perhaps banding the bacon in a 2-string bundle as newspapers are bound so that you can pull it all out at once. Also, the price might keep more than a few people from discovering this little black-canned beauty.
I am aware that I'm late to the party and a lot of people already know about this little gem of a product. But if you have hesitated to try it as I had, wait no longer. I can't recommend it enough. Every emergency pantry should have at least one shelf dedicated to it.
4 / 5