Ralph Waldo Emerson said “Build a better mousetrap and the world will beat a path to your door.”
Well, my wife and I did something like that a couple of days ago and as with many discoveries, the breakthrough came by accident.
Recently, my brother-in-law bought a kitchen product called an “air fryer”. The publicity material claims that “air frying” was the same as deep oil frying but without all that unhealthy oil. Happy with his new toy, he treated us to some french fries, roasted peanuts and crispy bacon that he had prepared using the “air fryer”.
We were quite impressed by how easy it was to use and how crispy the frazzled bacon was. When we went home, we took out a convection oven that someone gave us as a present many years ago but which we had only used once. An air fryer is actually an improved version of a convection oven. Both instruments function by combining high heat and a fan to blast the hot air over the food. No oil is needed and oil from the food actually drips away to the bottom of the instrument.
We tried to roast peanuts and that went very well. We were pleased with the results. Next we tried to cook some bacon. We loaded in about 300 g of streaky bacon and watched as it cooked. After cooking for about 20 minutes, the bacon came out scrumptiously crispy and flavorful, while all the bacon fat that came out during the cooking, accumulated at the bottom of the oven. The bacon was delicious.
When we were cleaning up, I had wanted to throw away the oil from the bacon but my wife wanted to keep the oil. She said the flavorful bacon drippings would be perfect to cook omelets with the next day. So I collected all the oil into a shallow bowl and I left it next to the frying pan so that it could be used the next day to cook breakfast.
The next morning, I returned to the kitchen to cook breakfast and what did I find?
There was a large cockroach dead in the bowl of bacon drippings. An expired La cucaracha. It had obviously been attracted by that bacon smell, found the bowl of bacon dripping and thought that it had died and gone to heaven, stuck its head in to drink, fell into the viscous oil, drowned and went to heaven.
Ladies and gents, it may not be a “better mousetrap” but a bowl of bacon fat could be a better cockroach trap. Now that I have posted my discovery on the internet, you will find me sitting in my living room waiting for the world to beat a path to my door. Don’t take too long world.
This experience also helped prove two long held beliefs.
1. Everyone loves bacon and
2. ALL THAT BACON FAT IS GOING TO KILL YOU!
P.S. I’ve waited for more than an hour and the world still hasn’t beaten a path to my door. Now why is that? Is the internet broken?