Wednesday, March 29, 2006

butter or bacon?

Recently the question has been posed amongst a group of friends: If you had to give up butter or bacon (forever, and with no exceptions) which would you choose?

So, dear readers, what would you pick?



note: with the small sampling I've made on this query, there's a clear gender split. i'm curious to see if it continues.

15 Comments:

Blogger Nik said...

Why the cruel question? What is life without either? When I was a "vegetarian" I had to promote bacon to vegetable status to get by. I'm sorry smart pigs. This is the equivalent of asking which parent I could live without. Still--Bacon can be rendered and said rendering can provide all of butter's cooking goodness. Am I really going to say butter? I could give up my childhood friend? The fat I can eat on it's own, secretly, out of the fridge????

6:09 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Bacon, but that's because I've already been demoted to Turkey Bacon living with Sarah. It wouldn't be much to go to none at all. However, butter . . . mmmmm!

Mr. Tart

6:34 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

You can't make desserts with bacon. 'Nuff said.

7:38 PM  
Blogger tara said...

Sarah, I was just about to post exactly that. Butter's savory/sweet one-two punch makes it the winner here. I'd be sad to give up bacon, but I'd be downright inconsolable without butter.

12:07 AM  
Anonymous Vinnie said...

lose bacon. eat cookies

6:22 AM  
Anonymous sally said...

I'd keep butter. Bacon's good, but butter is better :)

6:28 AM  
Blogger Sarah said...

My favorite butter for spreading thickly on bread: goat milk butter. It's delicious and not gross at all, despite the faces many friends make when I describe it to them. I used to buy it at Steele's in Fort Collins, a local grocery store that went out of business a few years ago. I recently found it at Whole Foods, but at about $10 for 8 ounces, that makes me cringe.

8:28 AM  
Blogger tara said...

Steele's went out of business? That's too bad. I used to shop at that one on Shields and Drake all the time (I had to stop and think *really* hard to remember those street names...yikes, time flies!) Anyway, goat milk butter doesn't sound gross at all! I frequently buy goat milk yogurt at Trader Joe's. yum...

11:34 AM  
Anonymous Elizabeth said...

No contest; I'd give up bacon. I probably only eat it once a month as it is. That may be in part because it's only *really* good if it's still hot and perfectly cooked - done but not yet crisp.

5:11 PM  
Blogger lis said...

wow, time flies for me so quickly for me that I don't even remember Steele's!

6:03 PM  
Blogger Sarah said...

Tara and Lis: There were three Steele's supermarkets in FC when we moved there: Old Town on Mountain, on Drake, and on Harmony. (My former landlady referred to the one on Mountain as "the grocery store in the 'hood.") One of the farmer's markets was held in their Drake parking lot in the summer. One by one, they shut down as the chain stores took over. (They were owned by a FC family, I think.) Too bad--Steele's had the best produce in town, plus it felt good to shop by a locally-owned store.

7:14 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

No question: I'd give up bacon.

I'd still be able to eat pancetta, though, wouldn't I??

1:05 PM  
Anonymous Tania said...

Oops, that last comment was mine. Didn't mean for it to show up as "anonymous"!

1:07 PM  
Blogger val said...

I'd rather die. Either way.

2:52 PM  
Anonymous Brother Tart said...

What's wrong with you people? Lose the butter. Congealed bacon grease spreads just as well, and holds the meat onto the sandwich better. Besides, you can make much better modern art/clothing with bacon than with butter.

Life without bacon is not worth contemplating. Besides, I've got this NGO spread from whole foods that tastes just like butter anyway. But there is nothing, I repeat, NOTHING that is an adequate substitute for bacon.

I like bacon so much, I had a dream that I tried to statistically analyze it.

Although, the fact you can get a "tub'o'butter" must be taken into account--I'm seriously in favor of any consumable that comes in "tubs." You can't really get a "tub'o'bacon". This could be a constraint on my previous predilection for bacon in the "bacon v butter" debate.

Another complicating factor could be the fact that Dr. Suess would have never written the "Butter Battle Book" if butter was not a part of our gustatory reality. That was a good book.

However, in light of the given evidence, Bacon is still far and away the victor of this delectable debate.

4:52 PM  

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