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Little back story- My old boss at work introduced a communication book, hoping to improve communication between shifts. It never got used. Then one day in a staff meeting she strongly encouraged us to utilize it. So the wife (who works in the same place) posed this question to the nurses at large and I hereby bring it to you-

 

If you had to pick one to give up forever, which would it be bacon or sausage, and why?

 

This went over huge w/ the boss BTW.

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post #2 of 32

You'll need to further clarify the definitions of bacon and sausage.  Are we talking just American "streaky" bacon?  Or the whole world of cured pig-strips, pancetta and jowl bacon and back?  By sausage, are we talking specific "breakfast sausage," or chorizo and brats, linguiça and bratwurst and salami?

 

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Why am I so hungry all of a sudden?

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I'd give up sausage.  I can save up enough bacon to make sausage with later    I'm a cheater, I know. 

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I'd keep the sausage and give up bacon.  I just like it better.

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CookinMT- you can't get off that easy. For the purposes of this discussion sausage means ALL sausage- breakfast, Italian, brat, hot-dog... Bacon means all bacon, American, Canadian, pancetta...

And you can't make bacon into sausage, A) it's cheating and B) i don't think it's possible.

I know this question is inane but it does serve a purpose. I am thinking of starting a religion that requires the forgoing of one of the above and need to choose the one that would have the least impact on market share. Either that or write a fad diet book.


Edited by the-boy-nurse - 9/2/10 at 7:57am
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AAAAARGH......who thought up such a horrible query?  Life without lardons or without brats? 

Nope, not worth living.

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post #7 of 32

As much as I adore bacon, it would have to go. There is a lot more variety and possibilities with sausage. And since "sausage" can be made with anything, a beef "sausage" with no seasoning and no casing is a hamburger, and I can live with that!

(Besides in a worst case scenario there's always artificial bacon bits) (Guilty pleasure...)

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post #8 of 32

Ah.  Well after the further clarification, I'll have to agree with chrose. For all it's scrumptiousness, I'd sacrifice bacon. Too many delicious sausages in the world, from too many varied cultures, and made of too many tasty critters.  But really, forced into making that choice, I'd be thrust into an existential void and years later you'd find me stumbling drunk down a dark and rainy street, burning myself with cigarettes as I muttered about pancetta wrapped asparagus.  So hopefully it never comes to that.

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Ah.  Well after the further clarification, I'll have to agree with chrose. For all it's scrumptiousness, I'd sacrifice bacon. Too many delicious sausages in the world, from too many varied cultures, and made of too many tasty critters.  But really, forced into making that choice, I'd be thrust into an existential void and years later you'd find me stumbling drunk down a dark and rainy street, burning myself with cigarettes as I muttered about pancetta wrapped asparagus.  So hopefully it never comes to that.



To avoid walking down that road of tearful regret, I simply cannot live without Bacon Nor  sausage, they both serve a purpose to the culinary world. Candied bacon.....bacon and eggs......kielbasa and kraut......toulouse sausage.......life is too short.

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(Besides in a worst case scenario there's always artificial bacon bits) (Guilty pleasure...)


What are bacos made of anyway? Edible salty styrofoam?

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post #11 of 32

BACON! ....all the way ........

 

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BACON....all the way....

 

 

the smell of bacon frying is known to make people hungry!

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post #13 of 32

Seriously, this is the Sophie's Choice of the Pig world.....how can you ever pick a favorite?  It's really disturbing contemplating it.

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post #14 of 32

I've been giving this question a lot of thought.  Way more thought than any sane person should and it seems that many of you have also.  I'm going against the tide here, but I'd give up sausage.  I just love bacon way too much to give it up.  As much as I love sausage, in all its forms I think I could survive more easily without it than without bacon.  Not saying it would be easy, but  easier than giving up bacon.

 

And Chrose, I disagree, a burger is not a form of sausage.  If you follow that logic than anything made out of ground meat of any sort is sausage and I just don't buy it.  The upside to my belief is that I still can get a burger at any time which would help when missing sausage!!!!

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post #15 of 32

Have to have bacon..I love it in all it's forms. Streaky, backfat, canadian..whatever...I certainly won't miss chicken and apple sausages..They aren't that great people!

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post #16 of 32

Sausage, bacon is a food group all on its own

post #17 of 32

I'd hate to live without either, but I'm with Pete: bacon would have to be my keeper. I love the snap of a nice, hot sausage (I've been enjoying Usinger's chicken Cordon Bleu), but I'm a bacon girl... a Jewish bacon girl.... . Besides, they don't make jokes about bacon and lawmaking as they do about sausage. ("Laws are like sausages, it is better not to see them being made."
Otto von Bismarck)

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post #18 of 32

I haven't eaten bacon in months,  and the only sausage I've had recently was sweet Italian slow-cooked in spaghetti sauce overnight.  While it was delicious,  I was satisfied with just a couple of bites.  I could easily live without either. 

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post #19 of 32

Bacon is my choice...but only just by a short nose. Probably a short snout in this case

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BACON....all the way....

 

 

the smell of bacon frying is known to make people hungry!

 

 

The thought of bacon frying is making me hungry...(and I just ate!).

I would have to go with bacon.

BLTs tonight with thick sliced bacon and home grown tomatoes...yummm.

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Have to have bacon..I love it in all it's forms. Streaky, backfat, canadian..whatever...I certainly won't miss chicken and apple sausages..They aren't that great people!



This may sound snobby but I just don't consider chicken and apple sausages are real sausage so you can't bring those up.  I don't want to be in a world without kielbasas, italian sausage, and breakfast links. 

 

And I don't consider turkey bacon as real bacon either.

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post #22 of 32

well, i'm basically a vegetarian, except for BACON!...while not a vegan,i eat fish and chicken and BACON...some things just don't ever die, like your first love , or your first kiss, and bacon....bacon has  always had its hold on me...sausage, salami and any other pressed meats can  go fly a high kite, but GOOD BACON IS GOOD...PERIOD..i prefer the thick applewood smoked or the thick applewoods peppered (wrights).....they make up the best sauces as well...smokey bourbon bacon sauce for a filet, or steak, perfect in a clam chowder, wrapped around cheese stuffed jalapenos to be grilled..oh, mama...ode to BACON!!!

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ooh, bacon candy with chipotle chiie and brown sugar.....who's yo mama now !...ciao

petals, you're back home! glad to hear from you again..maybe check out the 'girls rumble'  thread as well...was told i might be a bit intimidating...if i came across like that , please excuse me..never my intent, must be my personality, i guess..just trying to give the thread a bit of cpr and continue on...someone else needs to lead it forward..i'm gone for a bit, so run with it, you mavens..have fun!...hope all is well in your world..

peace....

 uh oh, i lied,... i LOVE HOT DOGS TOO...good hot dogs, though


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post #23 of 32

I always prefer whole pieces of meat to ground meat - not sure why, but prefer a steak or a chop to a hamburger or a meatball or a sausage.  (I like the juiciness, the bite, the feel).

And what is sausage but ground meat and some spices, which it seems is not in question here, just the fact that it's packed into a casing.  I like sausages ok, but could give them up easier. 

 

So if it came to it, I'd choose to eat bacon. 

 

Durangojo, not only does the bacon makes you not a vegetarian, but also the chicken and fish!  Did you think they weren't animals??

My vegetarian friend, when asked what she wouldn't eat, years back, said "anything that could look at you!" 

 

(I'm definitely a carnivore, so it's not an issue for me, but i say it because there is nothing more annoying to a vegetarian than to be invited for dinner and find the only thing is chicken or fish!  If you find it repulsive, morally objectionable or physically yucky to eat animals, you don't want any animal flesh or byproduct in your dish, even chicken broth.  My daughter is a vegetarian and gets that all the time "Is there any meat in that dish" "No, just chicken" - aargh!).  (Also vegans are even more restrictive, they won't eat milk or eggs either, or any of their by-products like cheese). 

 

p.s. hot dogs are sausages... you'd be in a real bind if the-boy-nurse's boss ruled the world. 

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I hear that in the UK it is national Sausage Week.  I'm planning on celebrating this weekend with some bangers and mash with onion gravy... whatever that is!
 

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Durangojo, not only does the bacon makes you not a vegetarian, but also the chicken and fish!  Did you think they weren't animals??

 

 

That's right Durangojo, and also the steak and the hot dogs you mention definitely do not give you credence in the vegan world.  I'll try to understand where you come from though because my mom is mostly a vegetarian.  She eats meat but she's much happier eating vegetables and often piles the veggies high on her plate and settles for less than 2oz of meat on the side.  We're lucky if she even eats that much.  But technically she's not a vegetarian because she does ingest the meal in small quantities after all.

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sorry ladies...i know that i'm not a vegetarian in the true sense, or any sense i guess...i eat mostly vegetables, grains and pastas..... i just don't eat red meat, and i don't eat much 'meat' anyway...but you know what they say about a little bit of poison?!....i use to be a  total veg head, but not vegan, then a pescatarian, then added chicken because, in the wintertime in colorado, its almost impossible to find fresh fish unless you are a restaurant and its pricey, and organic or kosher chicken is available, and well, a girl needs her proteins!!!! there is a definate connect, not just a link, between cancer and the ingesting of animal fats and animal byproducts...eggs, butter, cream, cheese etc...a definate connect, so the only truly healthy eating is vegan or vegetarian...the vegan road ain't for me...have you ever noticed how grey and pastey vegans look?...like you just want to scream at them...eat some meat!....sure i'll hear about that one....

joey

oh, for the hot dogs, i know that politically correct they are a sausage..i just don't put them in the same category as italians or bratwurst or chorizo, as they doesn't seem to have all the fat...i eat an organic chicken or turkey dog...not the same as a good hebrew national or a nathans, but i just can't give up a dog with ballpark mustard and relish...

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post #26 of 32

mmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmmbacon

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Durangojo, not only does the bacon makes you not a vegetarian, but also the chicken and fish!  Did you think they weren't animals??

My vegetarian friend, when asked what she wouldn't eat, years back, said "anything that could look at you!" 

 

(I'm definitely a carnivore, so it's not an issue for me, but i say it because there is nothing more annoying to a vegetarian than to be invited for dinner and find the only thing is chicken or fish!  If you find it repulsive, morally objectionable or physically yucky to eat animals, you don't want any animal flesh or byproduct in your dish, even chicken broth.  My daughter is a vegetarian and gets that all the time "Is there any meat in that dish" "No, just chicken" - aargh!).  (Also vegans are even more restrictive, they won't eat milk or eggs either, or any of their by-products like cheese). 

 

Siduri,

I totally agree with your reply to Durangojo - that is NOT being a vegetarian, not even close.  Siduri, I like the comment on what your veg. friend said too smile.gif  That's pretty much what it amounts to.  Unless you are talking worms and slugs? Do they have eyes? Hehe, don't know.

 

I haven't yet had the task of cooking for a non-carnivore, but it cannot be that hard.  Now, vegans are another matter, but with careful planing, can be managed.

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CookinMT- you can't get off that easy. For the purposes of this discussion sausage means ALL sausage- breakfast, Italian, brat, hot-dog... Bacon means all bacon, American, Canadian, pancetta...

And you can't make bacon into sausage, A) it's cheating and B) i don't think it's possible.

I know this question is inane but it does serve a purpose. I am thinking of starting a religion that requires the forgoing of one of the above and need to choose the one that would have the least impact on market share. Either that or write a fad diet book.



Oh, ye of little faith...

 

If it came down to me being forced to choose between bacon and sausage forever, I would make it happen.  Mind you, I am not suggesting anyone seriously consider making sausage purely out of bacon.  I agree, that'd just be wrong, if even possible.  What I meant was that I would be more than willing to take the time and laborious efforts necessary to trim all that lovely fat off the bacon, piece-by-piece, for the fat content of my makeshift sausage.   Ridiculous you say?  Perhaps, but not so ridiculous as the thought of living without the possibility of ever eating sausage again.  If I'm going to eat meat at all, bacon and sausage are both at the top of the list.  No compromises!

post #29 of 32

There are many sausage recipes that incorporate bacon.

post #30 of 32

I just can't choose. I love kabassi. It's the only sausage that I really like. Other then that, I really enjoy bacon. It can be used in so many diffrennt ways.  It is one of my favorate salad toppings.

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