Bacon Grease Sandwiches
Have you ever eaten a bacon grease sandwich? It sounds rather disgusting, doesn't it? Well, I have to admit that I have eaten a few of them but it was several decades ago. I was just a kid at the time. I was stupid. And I had no clue there was a connection between what we ate and the state of our health. I would never, ever eat one now.
My mother was born in what was then called Czechoslovakia and she spent her teenage years smack dab in the middle of World War II. It was quite traumatic for her.
One of the horrors she and her family faced was a very serious shortage of food. All the supply chains were disrupted by the war, farmers were off fighting instead of planting crops and tending to animals, and croplands turned to battlefields. Every morsel of food that was acquired was savored and there was zero food waste.
Meat was especially hard to come by. Occasionally my mother's family would get hold of some bacon. When they were done cooking the bacon they would pour all the grease into a jar and save it. Later, when they were able to procure some bread, they would take a knife and scoop out a portion of solidified bacon grease and spread it over a piece of bread (usually rye bread), much like nowadays we would spread peanut butter on a piece of bread. And then they would eat it, grateful that they even had something to eat and happy they had something that at least had the flavor of meat.
Hearing our mother tell this story, we kids were grateful that we lived in America and that the war was over. But she did not just tell the story. Even though food was plentiful in our home my mother still saved all the bacon grease from whenever she cooked bacon. It was a habit and a conditioned response to her fear of not having enough food that she developed from her wartime experiences.
So she not only told us her war stories but she also served us kids bacon grease sandwiches--not very often but occasionally. Naturally, I ate them because I was a stupid and hungry kid. I ate any and all food placed in front of me. It seemed I never got enough. I was like a bottomless food pit. As a kid I could eat endless amounts of food, yet despite this I remained skinny as a bean pole throughout my childhood years. My dad even called me "Bean Pole" on occasion. Everyone was flabbergasted by how I could remain skinny while consuming such copious amounts of food. (I wish that were still true.)
So yes, as a kid I occasionally ate bacon grease sandwiches. And guess what? I liked them! Back then I found them to be quite tasty. Of course, now the very thought of them makes me gag. Plus I imagine they are a sure-fire way to have a coronary.
So have you ever eaten a bacon grease sandwich? Do tell. What is the weirdest thing you ate as a child that you would never eat now?