How Canadian Bacon Got its Name
By George Brozowski. FBWorld.com Staff
OK, so you’ve
seen those little round packages of Canadian bacon at your favorite
local grocery store and you even like Canadian bacon on your
pizza but you might be surprised to learn that real Canadians
(yes, those actually living in Canada) wouldn’t have a
clue if you showed them what you considered to be Canadian bacon
bacon, known as “peameal bacon” in Canada, is unknown
to most Americans. Peameal bacon is made from boneless pork
loins, short cut from the leaner portions of the loin, to ensure
a more uniform product. External fat is trimmed to within 1⁄8
inch. Smokeless and tender, this product is sweet pickle-cured
and rolled in a traditional golden cornmeal coating. It is known
as peameal bacon, because in times past a mixture of ground
yellow peas was used for coating to improve curing and shelf-life.
The "Canadian" bacon sold in the United States is
plain lean back bacon.
All of this adds
up to why Ken Haviland, who operates out of Troy Michigan, not
Canada, named his company the REAL Canadian Bacon Co. Although
his company is based in Michigan, the product is made in Canada,
imported to the United States and inspected by the USDA, which
classifies it as uncooked Canadian bacon.
He sells "Canadian
peameal bacon" over the Internet, so people all over the
United States and the world can buy the real thing and have
it shipped, frozen, to their front doors. Ken sells packages
of slices as well as unsliced roasts, which stay tender and
juicy after baking because of their brine curing.
His Web site
-- has recipes for the slices and roasts, as well as
more Canadian bacon history, a nutritional analysis and ordering
information. Wholesalers and distributors, please call 866-222-6601.