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This might be the death of me "BACON JAM"
http://homesicktexan.blogspot.com/2009/09/bacon-jam-recipe-make-it-at-home.html ^ | September 16, 2009 | Lisa (Homesick Texan)

Posted on 08/03/2011 5:07:41 PM PDT by Hotmetal

“Bacon jam tastes like the love child of pulled pork and pate!” said one friend. “I am now officially in pig heaven,” said another as I shared tastes from the jar of Skillet’s bacon jam that had just arrived in the mail.

Bacon jam? Yes, indeed—it is good stuff. And so good, in fact, that I decided to figure out a way of making my own bacon jam at home so I wouldn’t have to rely on someone else for this smoky, pork-rich treat.

Over the past few months, it seems that you can’t escape the topic of bacon jam. Skillet’s rendition has certainly excited people, but at heart bacon jam is simply a potted meat, something that has been gracing battlefields, picnics, high teas and nursery suppers for hundreds of years. For most, the term potted meat conjures up images of mystery meat in a can, but traditionally potted meat was made at home from meat scraps, herbs, spices and maybe an acid or a spirit, such as vinegar or brandy. Making potted meat was a preservation method, meant to extend the meat’s life just a few more weeks. Nothing mysterious or scary about its contents at all! Matter of fact, when made from quality ingredients, potted meat is as satisfying as pate, though it’s far easier to make. And like pate, potted meat can be either elegant and smooth or rustic with chunks.

As for my homemade bacon jam, I knew that it should have the smoky fire that comes from chipotles, the warming depth that comes from chocolate and allspice, a hint of sweetness, but also the bitterness that comes from coffee and the tang that comes from apple-cider vinegar.

I chose to use thick slices of center-cut bacon because I wanted to cook my meat for a long time and didn’t want it to completely disintegrate. And finally, I also added plenty of black pepper for heat and ancho chile powder both for its color and its fruity, nutty flavor.

Unfortunately, the first batch spent too much time in the food processor and ended up with a consistency that was a bit too creamy on the tongue; you definitely want some texture in your bacon jam to remind you of the spread’s source. But subsequent batches were just the right balance between being smooth and rough, much like your favorite homemade fruit jams where chunks of fruit are nestled in a thick syrup suspension. Bacon jam is excellent on slices of tomatoes, plopped on a warm biscuit, stirred into a bowl of beans or spread on top of a cheeseburger. Or you can just grab a spoon and dig into your jar.

But best of all, it’s superb for sharing. You’ll soon see—nothing makes a friend's face light up more then when you pass them a jar and say, “Here, have a taste. It’s bacon jam!”

Chipotle bacon jam 1 pound of bacon 4 cloves of garlic, minced 1 sliver of onion 1-4 chipotles en adobo (depending on the level of heat you can tolerate) 2 teaspoons adobo sauce (from the can) 2 teaspoons ancho chile powder 1/2 teaspoon allspice 1/2 teaspoon ground Mexican hot chocolate 1 cup of brewed coffee 1/4 cup apple cider vinegar Black pepper to taste

Method: Cook the bacon until fat is rendered, but not too crisp. Cut cooked bacon into two-inch sized pieces.

On medium heat, cook the onion and garlic in one tablespoon of rendered bacon fat in a medium-sized pot for two minutes. Add the cooked bacon, spices, apple-cider vinegar and coffee. Simmer on low for two hours, stirring occasionally. If jam starts to get dry, add water, 1/4 cup at a time.

After two hours, place bacon jam into a food processor, and puree for two or three seconds, tops. You just want to bring it together but still have some chunks.


TOPICS: Chit/Chat; Food
KEYWORDS: bacon; cooking
Making this as we speak and my house smells great.
1 posted on 08/03/2011 5:07:46 PM PDT by Hotmetal
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To: Hotmetal

Wait until Epic Meal Time discovers this.


2 posted on 08/03/2011 5:11:27 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Mrs. Don-o

Been wondering what I could get you for Ramadan. Whatcha think?


3 posted on 08/03/2011 5:12:19 PM PDT by don-o (Abolish FReepathons. Be a monthly donor.)
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To: mnehring

FYI

PIG & PORK FACTS

THE pig or swine is a very popular food item with most Christians. Yet Christians are unaware that the God they profess to believe in had condemned the eating of swine’s flesh. The condemnation was based on some very sound biological principles. Here are some facts on pork that prove it to be a very unhealthy food to eat:

A pig is a real garbage gut. It will eat anything including urine, excrement, dirt, decaying animal flesh, maggots, or decaying vegetables. They will even eat the cancerous growths off other pigs or animals.

The meat and fat of a pig absorbs toxins like a sponge. Their meat can be 30 times more toxic than beef or venison.

When eating beef or venison, it takes 8 to 9 hours to digest the meat so what little toxins are in the meat are slowly put into our system and can be filtered by the liver. But when pork is eaten, it takes only 4 hours to digest the meat. We thus get a much higher level of toxins within a shorter time.

Unlike other mammals, a pig does not sweat or perspire. Perspiration is a means by which toxins are removed from the body. Since a pig does not sweat, the toxins remain within its body and in the meat.

Pigs and swine are so poisonous that you can hardly kill them with strychnine or other poisons.

Farmers will often pen up pigs within a rattlesnake nest because the pigs will eat the snakes, and if bitten they will not be harmed by the venom.

When a pig is butchered, worms and insects take to its flesh sooner and faster than to other animal’s flesh. In a few days the swine flesh is full of worms.

Swine and pigs have over a dozen parasites within them, such as tapeworms, flukes, worms, and trichinae. There is no safe temperature at which pork can be cooked to ensure that all these parasites, their cysts,and eggs will be killed.

Pig meat has twice as much fat as beef. A 3 oz T bone steak contains 8.5 grams of fat; a 3 oz pork chop contains 18 grams of fat. A 3 oz beef rib has 11.1 grams of fat; a 3 oz pork spare rib has 23.2 grams of fat.

Cows have a complex digestive system, having four stomachs. It thus takes over 24 hours to digest their vegetarian diet causing its food to be purified of toxins. In contrast, the swine’s one stomach takes only about 4 hours to digest its foul diet, turning its toxic food into flesh.

The swine carries about 30 diseases which can be easily passed to humans. This is why God commanded that we are not even to touch their carcase (Leviticus 11:8).

The trichinae worm of the swine is microscopically small, and once ingested can lodge itself in our intestines, muscles, spinal cord or the brain. This results in the disease trichinosis. The symptoms are sometimes lacking, but when present they are mistaken for other diseases, such as typhoid, arthritis, rheumatism, gastritis, MS, meningitis, gall bladder trouble, or acute alcoholism.

The pig is so poisonous and filthy, that nature had to prepare him a sewer line or canal running down each leg with an outlet in the bottom of the foot. Out of this hole oozes pus and filth his body cannot pass into its system fast enough. Some of this pus gets into the meat of the pig.

There are other reasons grounded in biological facts that could be listed to show why pigs and swine should not be eaten. But a true Christian should only need one reason why not to eat this type of food because God prohibited it.

“And the swine, because it divides the hoof, yet does not chew the cud, it is unclean unto you: you shall not eat of their flesh, nor touch their dead carcase.” - Leviticus 11:7,8; Deuteronomy 14:8

Those who say Christ abolished the law condemning pork are motivated by their stomach not Scripture. The problems with pork are biological, and Christ never changed the laws of biology.


4 posted on 08/03/2011 5:13:04 PM PDT by troy McClure
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To: troy McClure

Read this:
http://www.giveshare.org/Health/porkeatdanger.html


5 posted on 08/03/2011 5:16:09 PM PDT by troy McClure
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To: troy McClure

Aren’t you a little ray of sunshine!


6 posted on 08/03/2011 5:18:28 PM PDT by reformedliberal
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To: troy McClure
Based on some of your cleanliness reasons, I hope you don't eat non-pork meats processed in traditional slaughter houses. The animals stand up to their hocks in their own manure and even eat their own manure. Corn based diets don't allow for cows to digest their food properly so there is even more of a risk of e. coli. My mother in law just had to take some chicken back to the store a couple of months ago. She found a recall that the chickens were fed their own poo. Yummy.
7 posted on 08/03/2011 5:21:45 PM PDT by goodwithagun (My gun has killed fewer people than Ted Kennedy's car.)
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To: Hotmetal

Sounds like a good burial ointment for dead Muzzies...


8 posted on 08/03/2011 5:23:18 PM PDT by Bean Counter ( The fit is hitting the shan....)
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To: troy McClure

Fish swim in their own waste and plants are grown in manure fertilizer - yet our lifespans have lengthened exponentially.

There is this great thing called science(c) that creates things called antibiotics that kill those big, bad cooties.


9 posted on 08/03/2011 5:25:08 PM PDT by mnehring
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To: Hotmetal
You’ll soon see—nothing makes a friend's face light up more then when you pass them a jar and say, “Here, have a taste. It’s bacon jam!”

Let's present a jar to Barrack Hussein Obama as a Birthday gift. Have a spoon ready so we can see him enjoy a sample.

10 posted on 08/03/2011 5:26:15 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: troy McClure
One More:

http://www.onlinetruth.org/Articles%20Folder/eating_pork_can_be_hazardous_to.htm

I just want to keep all the Freepers healthy and fighting the Libs for a long long time.

11 posted on 08/03/2011 5:27:50 PM PDT by troy McClure
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To: Hotmetal

Nightclub/bar around the corner has bacon jam. Tried it on their burger. It was okay, but I was expecting something better.


12 posted on 08/03/2011 5:29:46 PM PDT by GSWarrior
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To: Grizzled Bear

I’ve been wanting to make my own since a friend let me try some he had made.


13 posted on 08/03/2011 5:30:38 PM PDT by Hotmetal
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To: Hotmetal

I just use bacon grease on my toast instead of butter.


14 posted on 08/03/2011 5:33:22 PM PDT by 1raider1
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To: troy McClure
Those who say Christ abolished the law condemning pork are motivated by their stomach not Scripture. The problems with pork are biological, and Christ never changed the laws of biology.

Acts 10:11-16

He saw heaven opened and something like a large sheet being let down to earth by its four corners. It contained all kinds of four-footed animals, as well as reptiles and birds. Then a voice told him, “Get up, Peter. Kill and eat.”
“Surely not, Lord!” Peter replied. “I have never eaten anything impure or unclean.”
The voice spoke to him a second time, “Do not call anything impure that God has made clean.” This happened three times, and immediately the sheet was taken back to heaven.

Although you are certainly an awesome authority in your own mind, I think I'll rely on God's word.

15 posted on 08/03/2011 5:33:56 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: 1raider1

The Brits call that “Drippings.”


16 posted on 08/03/2011 5:35:23 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Hotmetal

Bacon should be crunchy, not jammy.


17 posted on 08/03/2011 5:39:24 PM PDT by Kirkwood (Zombie Hunter Hobbit)
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To: Kirkwood

Patience...PB comes in crunchy...I’m sure we’ll see bacon jam with ‘crunchy bits’ in the short term...


18 posted on 08/03/2011 5:41:17 PM PDT by who knows what evil? (G-d saved more animals than people on the ark...www.siameserescue.org.)
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To: Hotmetal

Eh.....it may come recommended, but somehow, I cannot get past the taste/texture contrast.


19 posted on 08/03/2011 5:42:20 PM PDT by edpc (Ruck Famadan)
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To: Kirkwood

Stuff is pretty dang go.


20 posted on 08/03/2011 5:47:26 PM PDT by Hotmetal
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To: Hotmetal

*good


21 posted on 08/03/2011 5:48:02 PM PDT by Hotmetal
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To: Hotmetal

Waiting on it to cool so I can run it through the food processer.


22 posted on 08/03/2011 5:51:18 PM PDT by Hotmetal
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To: Hotmetal

I want bacon-scented bath soap.


23 posted on 08/03/2011 5:52:42 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: Hotmetal

I don’t care what the naysayer’s have to say!
Bring forth the porcine delight!


24 posted on 08/03/2011 5:58:57 PM PDT by mylife (OPINIONS ~ $ 1.00 HALFBAKED ~ 50c)
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To: All
BACON LOVERS HAVE DIED AND GONE TO HEAVEN

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Construction begins with a "5x5 bacon weave" of interlocking rashers. After coating with a generous helping of barbeque seasoning, the next step is to layer two pounds sausage meat on top of the bacon to create a patty. Next, cover the raw sausage meat with fried bacon - soft or crispy, depending on personal preference - chopped or crumbled into small pieces.

Note - it's okay, and encouraged, to snack on these pieces while you're chopping/crumbling. But keep in mind that once those bacon morsels touch the raw sausage, you'll need to resist all temptations to nibble. This can and will be difficult, but hospital trips are no fun, so stay strong.

Drizzle barbeque sauce over the top of cooked bacon, sprinkle with more barbeque seasoning and the roll into a giant, sausage-shaped monster. One final dusting of seasoning, and the construction is ready to be smoked on the barbeque. Cooking time varies but should take around one hour for each inch of thickness. Once cooked, the Bacon Bomb is basted with more barbeque sauce (sweet sauces are loaded with sugars, so they'll give your fatty a nice glossy finish.) Slice into rounds, sandwich on bun to serve.

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25 posted on 08/03/2011 6:00:29 PM PDT by Liz ( A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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To: troy McClure

Your post is full of 19th century wive’s tales and is factually incorrect regarding pigs.


26 posted on 08/03/2011 6:09:06 PM PDT by Valpal1 ("No clever arrangement of bad eggs ever made a good omelet." ~ C.S. Lewis)
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To: Liz

I will make that bacon bomb.


27 posted on 08/03/2011 6:11:53 PM PDT by Hotmetal
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To: SIDENET

Bacon flavored lip gloss.

Mmmmmm, bacony kisses!


28 posted on 08/03/2011 6:18:26 PM PDT by Grizzled Bear ("Does not play well with others.")
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To: Grizzled Bear
I would totally buy some.

:)

29 posted on 08/03/2011 6:21:12 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: 1raider1

Try popping popcorn with bacon grease. Outstanding!


30 posted on 08/03/2011 6:24:29 PM PDT by cornfedcowboy (Trust in God, but empty the clip.)
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To: Hotmetal

Have at it.


31 posted on 08/03/2011 6:28:41 PM PDT by Liz ( A taxpayer voting for Obama is like a chicken voting for Col Sanders.)
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To: Hotmetal

~Sigh~ I haven’t had bacon in over 3 months.


32 posted on 08/03/2011 6:35:05 PM PDT by Rebelbase
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To: troy McClure

Nuts, now I have to go out and get a pulled pork sandwich instead of the steak I had intended to have.

We’ve made a little progress in handling swine over the last couple thousand years.

PS, get a LIFE!


33 posted on 08/03/2011 6:37:07 PM PDT by Loyal Sedition (Loyal Sedition, often described as "To the right of Attila The Hun"!)
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To: troy McClure

Rubbish. Pork is fine meat and as clean as any other unless you feed it garbage - even then the gut takes what it needs and sends pathogenic materials through. I’ve got a piggy coming soon and will finish him with windfall apples and when I butcher it’ll be sausage and applewood smoked bacon - yum-m-m-m! I suppose you observe all the other OT prohibitions on foods, too? No cheeseburgers? No lobster?


34 posted on 08/03/2011 6:41:44 PM PDT by WorkingClassFilth
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To: SIDENET

http://www.thinkgeek.com/homeoffice/kitchen/da14/


35 posted on 08/03/2011 7:11:56 PM PDT by dnandell (I don't need no stinkin' tagline)
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To: Valpal1

The clue is the overuse of the generic word “toxins” while not identifying what these “toxins” are. This is granola cruncher health nut crap.

The parasite information is reasonably correct, particularly trichinosis and temperature to kill any extant cysts. The rest is completely out of date.


36 posted on 08/03/2011 7:41:25 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: troy McClure

I grew up in the Midwest on a farm that raised among other things ,,,,,,,, wait for it,,,,,,,wait,,,,,,,,hogs for pork! You are so full of it I can smell it from here. The fears of trichinosis from years ago have long since been eradicated. I have butchered our own hogs for years and just last year butchered 15 head for family members. I’m 62 years old and grew up enjoying pork and still do. Your type of liberal city mentality is sick.


37 posted on 08/03/2011 9:16:46 PM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: Liz

Yeah! Baconnaise Lite...Delicious. 1/2 the fat and 1/3 fewer calories than mayo and much tastier. Find it at Wal-Mart.


38 posted on 08/04/2011 4:26:29 AM PDT by ruesrose (It's possible to be clueless without being blonde.)
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To: don-o

I just copied out the recipes for Bacon Jam and BBQ Bacon Bomb. I think we may be launching a whole new lifestyle. Inshallah.


39 posted on 08/04/2011 6:03:36 AM PDT by Mrs. Don-o (My brother thinks he's a chicken. We don't talk him out of it 'cause we need the eggs. -Groucho Marx)
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To: John S Mosby

Well, the bizarre claim about the channel down their legs exiting pus from their feet. I’ve 4 children that have raised 4-H market hogs for nearly 15 years now and that’s a bit of pig physiology that flat doesn’t exist.

Also pigs do have sweat glands and they do sweat, just not to the extent that humans do, we are quite a sweaty species.

The calorie/fat information on beef was untrue also, pork is generally lower fat per ounce because it’s denser and less marbled than beef, so that the fat can be easily trimmed off or rendered out during cooking.


40 posted on 08/04/2011 9:33:49 AM PDT by Valpal1 ("No clever arrangement of bad eggs ever made a good omelet." ~ C.S. Lewis)
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To: CynicalBear

“Your type of liberal city mentality is sick.”

We live up in the mountain’s at the end of a dirt road, our farm backs up to the National forest.

I do not eat unclean foods. As per Leviticus.

Leviticus 11 - Clean and Unclean Animals

A. Laws regarding eating animals of land, sea, and air.

1. (1-8) Eating mammals.

Now the Lord spoke to Moses and Aaron, saying to them, “Speak to the children of Israel, saying, ‘These are the animals which you may eat among all the animals that are on the earth: Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves and chewing the cud; that you may eat. Nevertheless these you shall not eat among those that chew the cud or those that have cloven hooves: the camel, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; the rock hyrax, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; the hare, because it chews the cud but does not have cloven hooves, is unclean to you; and the swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch. They are unclean to you.’”

a. Among the animals, whatever divides the hoof, having cloven hooves and chewing the cud; that you may eat: The rule was simple. If an animal had a divided hoof (not a single hoof as a horse has), and chewed its cud, it could be eaten.

b. These you shall not eat among those that chew the cud or those that have cloven hooves: For example, the camel, the rock hyrax, and the hare all chew the cud, but do not have divided hooves - instead, they have paws - they are considered unkosher.

c. And the swine, though it divides the hoof, having cloven hooves, yet does not chew the cud, is unclean to you: Additionally, the swine has a divided hoof, but it does not chew the cud - so it is considered unkosher.

i. “It is now known that the pig is the intermediate host for several parasitic organisms, some of which can result in tapeworm infestation. One of these worms, the Taenia solium, grows to about 2.5 m in length, and is found in poorly cooked pork.” (Harrison)

d. Their flesh you shall not eat, and their carcasses you shall not touch: If an animal was considered unclean, one obviously could not eat it. Yet additionally, one could not touch an unclean animal, whether living or dead.

i. God was not making up new rules for Israel. Noah knew about clean and unclean animals (Genesis 7:2, 8:20). God simply codified what was already in the traditions of Israel.

2. (9-12) Water animals.

“These you may eat of all that are in the water: whatever in the water has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers; that you may eat. But all in the seas or in the rivers that do not have fins and scales, all that move in the water or any living thing which is in the water, they are an abomination to you. They shall be an abomination to you; you shall not eat their flesh, but you shall regard their carcasses as an abomination. Whatever in the water does not have fins or scales; that shall be an abomination to you.”

a. These you may eat of all that are in the water: The rule again was simple: Any water creature having both fins and scales was kosher and could be eaten.

b. Whatever in the water has fins and scales, whether in the seas or in the rivers; that you may eat: On this principle, most fishes were considered clean - except a fish like the catfish, which has no scales. Shellfish would be unclean, because clams, crabs, oysters, and lobster all do not have fins and scales.

3. (13-19) Birds.

“And these you shall regard as an abomination among the birds; they shall not be eaten, they are an abomination: the eagle, the vulture, the buzzard, the kite, and the falcon after its kind; every raven after its kind, the ostrich, the short-eared owl, the sea gull, and the hawk after its kind; the little owl, the fisher owl, and the screech owl; the white owl, the jackdaw, and the carrion vulture; the stork, the heron after its kind, the hoopoe, and the bat.”

a. These you shall regard as an abomination among the birds: There is no rule given to determine if a bird is clean or unclean; only specific birds (twenty in all) are mentioned as being unclean.

b. The eagle, the vulture, the buzzard . . .: The common thread through most of these birds is that they are either predators or scavengers; these were considered unclean.

4. (20-23) Insects.

“All flying insects that creep on all fours shall be an abomination to you. Yet these you may eat of every flying insect that creeps on all fours: those which have jointed legs above their feet with which to leap on the earth. These you may eat: the locust after its kind, the destroying locust after its kind, the cricket after its kind, and the grasshopper after its kind. But all other flying insects which have four feet shall be an abomination to you.”

a. All flying insects that creep on all fours shall be an abomination to you: Among insects, any creeping insect was unkosher (such as ants or grubs). Yet if there were a flying insect with legs jointed above their feet, these could be eaten. Good examples of kosher insects include the locust, the cricket, and the grasshopper.

b. On all fours: Some people think that means Moses was uninformed and thought that Moses had. “This phrase can hardly describe insects as having four legs, since the Insectae as a class normally have six legs. The reference is evidently to their movements, which resemble the creeping or running of the four-footed animal.” (Harrison)

B. More on clean and unclean animals.

1. (24-28) Disposal of the carcasses of unclean animals.

“By these you shall become unclean; whoever touches the carcass of any of them shall be unclean until evening; whoever carries part of the carcass of any of them shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening: The carcass of any animal which divides the foot, but is not cloven-hoofed or does not chew the cud, is unclean to you. Everyone who touches it shall be unclean. And whatever goes on its paws, among all kinds of animals that go on all fours, those are unclean to you. Whoever touches any such carcass shall be unclean until evening. Whoever carries any such carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening. It is unclean to you.”

a. Whoever touches the carcass of any of them shall be unclean until evening: Unclean animals, when dead, couldn’t just be left in the community to rot; they had to be disposed of. But the people who disposed of the unclean animals had to remedy their uncleanness by washing and a brief (until evening) quarantine.

i. This means that if a dead rat was found in an Israelite village, it would be carefully and promptly disposed of, and the one disposing of it would wash afterward. This would help prevent disease in a significant way; after all, the Black Death - bubonic plague - killed one quarter of Europe’s population around 1350, but Jewish communities were largely spared because they followed these hygienic regulations. Sadly, because they were often largely preserved, they were often accused and punished for being “masterminds” behind the plague.

b. Whoever carries any such carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening: This shows that ceremonial uncleanness was not the same as being in a state of sin. No sacrifice was required to remedy the condition of ceremonial uncleanness. It was a state of ceremonial impurity that needed to be addressed.

2. (29-30) More unclean animals: Reptiles and other creeping things.

“These also shall be unclean to you among the creeping things that creep on the earth: the mole, the mouse, and the large lizard after its kind; the gecko, the monitor lizard, the sand reptile, the sand lizard, and the chameleon.”

3. (31-38) The transmission of uncleanness from unclean animals.

“These are unclean to you among all that creep. Whoever touches them when they are dead shall be unclean until evening. Anything on which any of them falls, when they are dead shall be unclean, whether it is any item of wood or clothing or skin or sack, whatever item it is, in which any work is done, it must be put in water. And it shall be unclean until evening; then it shall be clean. Any earthen vessel into which any of them falls you shall break; and whatever is in it shall be unclean: in such a vessel, any edible food upon which water falls becomes unclean, and any drink that may be drunk from it becomes unclean. And everything on which a part of any such carcass falls shall be unclean; whether it is an oven or cooking stove, it shall be broken down; for they are unclean, and shall be unclean to you. Nevertheless a spring or a cistern, in which there is plenty of water, shall be clean, but whatever touches any such carcass becomes unclean. And if a part of any such carcass falls on any planting seed which is to be sown, it remains clean. But if water is put on the seed, and if a part of any such carcass falls on it, it becomes unclean to you.”

a. These are unclean to you among all that creep: From a hygienic standpoint, these laws were very important. They required, for example, that if a rodent crawled inside a bowl, the bowl had to be broken. Therefore any disease the rodent carried (such as bubonic plague) could not be passed on to the one who would use the bowl.

b. Everything on which a part of any such carcass falls shall be unclean: These laws also promoted a general state of cleanliness inside the Hebrew home. This certainly promoted the health and the welfare of the family.

4. (39-40) Carcasses of clean animals.

“And if any animal which you may eat dies, he who touches its carcass shall be unclean until evening. He who eats of its carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening. He also who carries its carcass shall wash his clothes and be unclean until evening.”

a. If any animal which you may eat dies: Seemingly, these laws apply to the natural death of clean animals, not to their butchering for food or death for sacrifice. Those handling such carcasses were ceremonially unclean and needed to be cleansed by washing and a brief quarantine.

5. (41-43) Creeping animals considered unclean.

“And every creeping thing that creeps on the earth shall be an abomination. It shall not be eaten. Whatever crawls on its belly, whatever goes on all fours, or whatever has many feet among all creeping things that creep on the earth; these you shall not eat, for they are an abomination. You shall not make yourselves abominable with any creeping thing that creeps; nor shall you make yourselves unclean with them, lest you be defiled by them.”

6. (44-47) The purpose for God’s dietary laws.

“For I am the Lord your God. You shall therefore consecrate yourselves, and you shall be holy; for I am holy. Neither shall you defile yourselves with any creeping thing that creeps on the earth. For I am the Lord who brings you up out of the land of Egypt, to be your God. You shall therefore be holy, for I am holy. This is the law of the animals and the birds and every living creature that moves in the waters, and of every creature that creeps on the earth, to distinguish between the unclean and the clean, and between the animal that may be eaten and the animal that may not be eaten.”

a. For I am the Lord your God: God claims the right to speak to every area of our life, including what we eat. He had the right to tell Israel what to eat and what not to eat.

b. You shall therefore sanctify yourselves: One great purpose of the dietary laws of Israel was to sanctify - to set them apart - from other nations. It made fellowship with those who did not serve God far more difficult.

i. We see this sanctifying effect in Daniel 1, where Daniel and his friends refuse to eat the unkosher food at the king of Babylon’s table - and God blesses them for being set apart for His righteousness.

c. Neither shall you defile yourselves: Not only did unclean animals defile one spiritually, but there was also a hygienic defilement, and Israel was spared many diseases and plagues because of their kosher diet.

i. Among the animals, most considered unclean fell into one of three categories: Predators (unclean because they ate both the flesh and the blood of animals), scavengers (unclean because they were carriers of disease, and they regularly contacted dead bodies), or potentially poisonous or dangerous foods such as shellfish and the like. Eliminating these from the diet of Israel no doubt had a healthy effect!

ii. “In general it can be said that the laws protected Israel from bad diet, dangerous vermin, and communicable diseases.” (Harris)

d. For I am the Lord who brings you up out of Egypt: This was the second claim God had upon Israel. The first claim was connected to His role as Creator. This claim is connected to His role as redeemer. We are obligated to God on both claims.

i. Some Christians believe we are under obligation to observe a kosher diet today. Yet this issue was settled once and for all at the Jerusalem Council in Acts 15; where it was determined that obedience to Mosaic rituals was not required of the followers of Jesus.

ii. Paul pointed out that we have the full liberty to eat whatever we want to: Now the Spirit expressly says that in the latter times some will depart from the faith, giving heed to deceiving spirits and doctrine of demons . . . commanding to abstain from foods which God created to be received with thanksgiving by those who believe and know the truth. For every creature of God is good, and nothing is to be refused if it is received with thanksgiving; for it is sanctified by the word of God and prayer. (1 Timothy 4:1, 3-5)

iii. Some are under subjugation to food, or to certain foods, and that is sin under the principle of 1 Corinthians 6:12: All things are lawful for me, but all things are not helpful. All things are lawful for me, but I will not be brought under the power of any. Certainly, many would benefit from the attitude of self-denial and bodily discipline Paul spoke of in 1 Corinthians 9:24-27.

iv. Yet, apart from these considerations, Christians are free to eat or not eat whatever they please - and no one should think themselves more right with God because they eat or don’t eat certain things


41 posted on 08/04/2011 10:21:35 AM PDT by troy McClure
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To: troy McClure
>> I do not eat unclean foods. As per Leviticus.<<

You go right ahead and try to earn your salvation under the law. I’ll rely on grace, thank you very much. I’ll just pray “bless this food to my body” before each meal as I’ve done since my Dad did it for me as a baby.

I’ve watched you food Nazis and do gooders since I was a kid. We’ve been warned about everything from eggs, coffee, all red meat, and what have you for decades. Each time it was later revealed that the warnings were all bogus. In fact, each time it was later shown that there were actual benefits to each. But also, each time people like you pushed till good people were harmed. Framers lost their livelihoods, workers lost their jobs, and people in general worried for nothing.

So I’m going to suggest you crawl back under your rock and stay with you kind and eat all the green grass you want. But leave the rest of us alone to trust that God will “bless this food to our bodies” and the grace He promised for salvation.

42 posted on 08/04/2011 10:43:53 AM PDT by CynicalBear
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To: dnandell

AWESOME.


43 posted on 08/04/2011 1:27:18 PM PDT by SIDENET ("If that's your best, your best won't do." -Dee Snider)
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To: CynicalBear

He’s not just acting as a food nazi here. The religious bent is more than a little disturbed, and provably so. It certainly isn’t orthodox kosher.

The food nazis are bad enough, like Bloomberg in NYC- truly, no trans fat, no butter in restaurant meals— that is completely ridiculous.

The statistical reality of these “it’s better for you because science shows....” govt. actions is that not one life will be lengthened or saved as a result of these kinds of govt. edicts for “our own good”.

There is a concept, in pharma research for instance, called Number Needed to Treat- which is essential to demonstrate a supportable statistical clinical outcome that supports the use of a drug, and for that matter is also required in any dietary studies on health outcomes. There is simply no way to calculate how many will go to all NYC restaurants, not eat trans fats and then be shown to live longer. The study subjects would have to eat every day, all day for this to be valid and the Num. Needed to Treat would need to be very large


44 posted on 08/04/2011 10:51:49 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: CynicalBear

To the extent anyone has time to read this guy’s tirade— in scanning it I came across reference to “breaking a bowl” to prevent a rodent’s transmission of bubonic plague.

Well, bubonic plague is extremely well understood. The vector for disease is a FLEA carried on a rodent, not some residue from contact with a dish. How idiotic and out of touch is the rest of this screed? Off their rocker, and frankly if the govt. types are advised by these types, we will all suffer.


45 posted on 08/04/2011 10:57:30 PM PDT by John S Mosby (Sic Semper Tyrannis)
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To: Hotmetal

This would be perfectly healthy so long as you don’t put it on bread. The bread would be the unhealthy part.


46 posted on 08/04/2011 10:59:34 PM PDT by Yaelle
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To: troy McClure

10:9 About noon the next day, while they were on their way and approaching the city, Peter went up on the roof to pray. 10:10 He became hungry and wanted to eat, but while they were preparing the meal, a trance came over him. 10:11 He saw heaven opened and an object something like a large sheet descending, being let down to earth by its four corners. 10:12 In it were all kinds of four-footed animals and reptiles of the earth and wild birds. 10:13 Then a voice said to him, “Get up, Peter; slaughter and eat!” 10:14 But Peter said, “Certainly not, Lord, for I have never eaten anything defiled and ritually unclean!” 10:15 The voice spoke to him again, a second time, “What God has made clean, you must not consider ritually unclean!” 10:16 This happened three times, and immediately the object was taken up into heaven.

http://net.bible.org/#!bible/Acts+10:9


47 posted on 11/08/2011 7:55:34 AM PST by Altariel
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