The story of the development of bacon curing technology merged with the present-day account of friends setting up a bacon plant in Cape Town. I decided to use selected events from the story of our bacon company, re-cast them in the late 1800s and early 1900s and tell the story of the creation of bacon.
The historical setting is the time when modern meat curing was born in Denmark, England, Germany, and the USA. It is also the time when the South African meat industry came of age under the leadership of David de Villiers-Graaff. Besides these, the culture at the Cape, as it is today, was fascinating. Life was vibrant and political currents, foundational to understand present-day South Africa.
The first drafts of the story were published on my Earthworm Express Blog. From here, it was crafted into a story but I retained the historical information and safeguarded integrity. Every effort has been made to ensure that all references to people and events from the 1800s, 1900s, and 2000s are actual and historically accurate. Any misrepresentation is my own fault and will be rectified if such errors are pointed out. Please mail me with factual errors at firstname.lastname@example.org
It will be presented to an editor to work through it and guide me to craft it into a more readable format. I am currently re-writing this one last time in its entirety. For the sake of collaboration, I keep other chapters “published.” The input I received thus far has been astounding from people around the world! My sincere thanks to each and every one of you!
Eben van Tonder
Chapter 1: Once Upon a Time in Africa
Chapter 2: Dry Cured Bacon
Chapter 3: Kolbroek
Chapter 4: The Shambles
Chapter 5: Seeds of War
Chapter 6: The Greatest Adventure
Chapter 7: Woodys Bacon
Chapter 8.00: The Denmark Letters
-> Chapter 8.01 Mild Cured Bacon
-> Chapter 8.02 The Danish Cooperative and Saltpeter
-> Chapter 8.03 Minette, the Cape Slaves, the Witels and Nitrogen
-> Chapter 8.04 The Saltpeter Letter
-> Chapter 8.05 The Polenski Letter
-> Chapter 8.06 From the Sea to Turpan
-> Chapter 8.07 Lauren Learns the Nitrogen Cycle
-> Chapter 8.08 Von Liebig and Gerard Mulder’s Theory of Proteins
-> Chapter 8.09 David Graaff’s Armour – A Tale of Two Legends
Chapter 9.00: The UK Letters
-> Chapter 9.01: Lord Landsdown
-> Chapter 9.02: Sweet Cured Irish and Wiltshire Pork
-> Chapter 9.03: American Icehouses for England: Year-round Curing
-> Chapter 9.04: Ice Cold in Africa
-> Chapter 9.05: Ice Cold Revolution
-> Chapter 9.06: Harris Bacon – the Gold Standard!
-> Chapter 9.07: John Harris Reciprocates!
-> Chapter 9.08: Irish Animosity
-> Chapter 9.09: The Wiltshire Cut
-> Chapter 9.10 Engaged to be Married
-> Chapter 9.11 The Salt of the Earth
-> Chapter 9.12 The Salt of the Sea
-> Chapter 9.13 The Salt of Meat
-> Chapter 9.14 Dublin and the Injection of Meat
-> Chapter 09.15 The English Pig
Chapter 10.00: Letters from New Zealand
-> Chapter 10.01: Our Manuka Bay Wedding!
-> Chapter 10.02: C & T Harris in New Zealand and other amazing tales
Chapter 11.00: The Union Letters
-> Chapter 11.01: The Fathers of Meat Curing
-> Chapter 11.02: Fresh Meat Colour vs Cooked Cured Colour
-> Chapter 11.04: The Direct Addition of Nitrites to Curing Brines – The Spoils of War
-> Chapter 11.05: The Preserving Power of Nitrite
-> Chapter 11.07: The Discovery of Ascorbate
-> Chapter 11.08: Erythorbate
-> Chapter 11.09: The Curing Reaction
-> Chapter 11.10: Meat Curing – A Review
Chapter 12.00: The Best Bacon on Earth
-> Chapter 12.01: The Castlemaine Bacon Company
-> Chapter 12.02: Eskort Ltd.
-> Chapter 12.03: Finally
Chapter 13.00: Photos
(c) eben van tonder
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