Sliced Canadian Bacon on white background from above
You May Want To Skip On The Canadian Bacon At A Restaurant
You may not know that a brunch menu at a restaurant often serves as an opportunity for the kitchen to discard any leftover, near-spoiled ingredients from past days, including meat.
This means that by the time Sunday morning finally rolls around, meats like Canadian bacon could have been sitting in the walk-in cooler for nearly a week, or perhaps longer.
Canadian bacon is heavily preserved in salt, and stays at its best for four days in a cooler. Past this point, it's often tossed into dishes like eggs Benedict to conceal its age.
To tell if cooked Canadian bacon is past its prime, look for discoloration in any fat left intact on your slice. These areas are the most easily identifiable parts to change color.