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Today is Flitch Day, I know what you’re thinking, ‘it seems like we just celebrated Flitch Day’. Actually, you’re probably thinking, ‘what the heck is a Flitch Day’?  Basically, it’s a day of celebration for bacon. A ‘Flitch’ is a measurement of bacon; it’s what we now call a ‘slab’.

Dating back to the 1100’s, once a year on July 19, married couples had to stand in front of a jury of their peers during a mock trial, and convince them that they stilled loved each other, and had been faithful to each other through the past year. They would then recite a pledge and would be given a Flitch of Bacon.

It is believed this is where the term ‘bringing home the bacon’ comes from. Sounds like the perfect excuse to have BLT’s for dinner!

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