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Thursday, April 12, 2007

Random Bacon Bites #5

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According to BBC, It appears that scientists from Leeds University have perfected the Bacon Butty. Now, I didn't know what a Bacon Butty was so I looked it up on Wikipedia:
In the UK, particularly in the north of England they (sandwiches) are known, informally , as "sarnies" or "butties". This is particularly the case with sandwiches including freshly-cooked bacon and butter, though other forms of "butty" use other ingredients and mayonnaise. A sandwich filled with chips (US: French fries) is known as a "chip butty".

So now that we have figured out what a Butty is we can see how it was perfected. These scientists spent more than 1,000 hours testing 700 variations on the traditional bacon sandwich. They tried different types and cuts of bacon, cooking techniques, types of oil and a range of cooking times at different temperatures. A shortlist was then tested with computers to measure the texture of each sandwich. Fifty volunteers also judged each sandwich according to its taste, texture and flavour. Here are the results:
...They found that two or three back bacon rashers should be cooked under a preheated oven grill for seven minutes at about 240C (475F).The bacon should then be placed between two slices of farmhouse bread, 1cm to 2cm thick.

...And the actual formula:
N = C + {fb (cm) . fb (tc)} + fb (Ts) + fc . ta, where N=force in Newtons required to break the cooked bacon, fb=function of the bacon type, fc=function of the condiment/filling effect, Ts=serving temperature, tc=cooking time, ta=time or duration of application of condiment/filling, cm=cooking method, C=Newtons required to break uncooked bacon.

Now that is cooking with Science!

2 comments:

Zach said...

Next week how about random 'Kevin Bacon Bites' who can resist!

Simon said...

Good idea, do it!