I’ve been editing these DIY posts on The Feed for a few months now, and it’s been so satisfying to watch each one evolve from a cook’s inspiration to a tested, published recipe. The best part, however, is watching readers put the recipes to work in their own kitchens. As such, we’re going to devote a few of the next DIY blog posts to the bloggers and home cooks who’ve tried their hand at our recipes and then showed us the tasty (and often beautiful) results. If you’ve tackled a recipe or two yourself, don’t hesitate to send photos or your blog post to us at email@example.com; you could be featured here!
John Sandala, a resident of Minneapolis, former social media intern, and self-proclaimed freelancer/stay-at-home cat dad, recently made his own bacon from our DIY recipe. When asked why he made it, he replied, “What kind of question is that? I can make my own bacon?! Why wouldn’t I?” After watching the video on YouTube a few times (see below), he realized that curing his own bacon didn’t seem that difficult. And since he’s been trying out new recipes for the grill over the past few years, this project fit the bill perfectly.
John told me that his favorite part about making the bacon was finding a place that sold pork belly. He settled on his local co-op, visiting it for the first time, and after a conversation with the butcher decided upon the best piece of meat. He also enjoyed curing the pork, though he did think that $12 for a cup of maple sugar was a bit too expensive and wants to try making his own in the future. I love that DIY spirit.
As for his other forays into the world of DIY, John said that he and his fiancée made the egg nog and called it “absolutely divine!” He went on: “It made me question why anyone would buy store bought nog when you have this super-simple recipe that is crazy delicious.”
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