Cure and Simple Bacon

As an avid angler and bushcrafter I am always on the look out for new and interesting products that fit in with these two fantastic hobbies. Food is one such thing that I am always on the look out for and the criteria is simple something that is going to taste delicious but make taking it with me easier.

I recently came across a company called ‘Cure and Simple’ who do a range of pre packed bacon that gets delivered through your door!! The packs even have a dog deterrent on them to try and prevent your dog (if you have one) devouring the delicious goodies inside before you get chance to get to them. This isn’t a guarantee though, it’s just something they do to try and prevent dogs eating the bacon.

Okay, lets have a closer look at the company. Cure and Simple use British pigs that are either free range or outdoor reared in East Anglia and South East England, now the bit that got me interested is that the bacon is traditionally cured by applying a dry cure mix by hand and letting the mix rest for 12 days. 

 This draws the moisture out preventing all those nasty germs growing, it is then hung for another 12(ish) days to allow the flavours to penetrate the bacon and removing as much moisture as possible.
Because the bacon has been cured this means that as long as the seal is not broken that the bacon can be stored without having to refrigerate it, this is absolutely perfect for taking on fishing sessions or putting in your backpack for that camping or hiking trip.

It’s all very well and good being able to carry the food without it going off but what did I think to the taste of the bacon? I expected that it was going to be a bit salty due to the curing process but I can honestly say that’s didn’t taste that salty and it certainly didn’t take anything away from the flavour at all. 

 The bacon is absolutely delicious, cut well and presented very professionally in Packets that will fit easily into small spaces for transporting.

I have a selection of flavours and if the rest are as good as the Thai infused then I have found my new favourite fishing/bushcraft food. 

 Having preserved my own meats on several occasions I can definitely appreciate the work, effort and craftsmanship that has gone into making this bacon.
I absolutely love the idea of getting bacon delivered through my post box and my only gripe that I could think of is that currently it is a subscription service (although it’s pretty easy to cancel the subscription), I would prefer it if there was an option to buy the packs of bacon as one off’s instead of having to subscribe. 

 I did see a rumour on their Facebook page /CureandSimple though saying that they were looking into creating an option to sell indivisible Packets without subscribing so here’s hoping.
In the meantime I’m going to hide this bacon from my kids and enjoy it when they aren’t around, it’s too delicious to share!!

Check out the full range on their website… www.cureandsimple.com

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I have always wanted a paracord handled knife and I found a company called Springfields that had one that looked like it would do me nicely and at only £3.99 (plus postage) I thought it was time to get myself one.

Now if you are like me you are probably thinking yeah right £3.99 it isn’t going to be any good but… I thought it was cheap enough to give it a try, after all I wasn’t going to be losing much if it was a pile of rubbish.

The blade is 3.58″ in length and made by Anglo Arms who I had heard good things about so I had some hope that it would be a good knife.

One thing it says in the description is that the blade is heavier than the handle which makes it an ideal throwing knife. When it arrived I checked this out and although this is true you will need to remove the paracord before using it as a throwing knife. (make sure you know how to tie the handle again if you want to reuse it)

You will also be able to use this knife as a spear head by splitting the end of a strong branch, placing the handle end in the split and then tying the two together using the paracord from the handle.

Okay so I knew it would make a good throwing knife and spear head but… What was it like as an actual knife?

The first thing I checked was that it felt comfy in my hand which it did, I wanted to be able to cut small branches, etc using the serrated edge to use as fuel in a natural wood stove I carry round so that was my first test of the knife. It performed a lot better than I expected!!

Next I wanted to see if the knife would strike a spark using a spare fire steel that I had. Just behind the serrated section of the knife there was a flat thick section perfect for striking against the steel. 

The answer was yes it produced some really good sparks.

I wanted to test what it cut like, unfortunately I didn’t have any fresh ingredients to try the knife on but I did have some uncooked chicken breast that I needed to dice up for a chicken casserole. 

The knife cut through the meat like it was butter.

As the knife was so cheap I thought I would give it one last test as if it failed I could just get another one… 

Before I tell you what the test is I will give you a word of warning, only do this test in an emergency as this test can wreck the most rugged of knives. 

What is the test I hear you say, well it is opening a can of food with your knife.

With a little bit of nervousness (as I had grown quite fond of this knife) I pierced the tin of new potatoes I was having for dinner and with a slow but steady curving motion started to cut open the lid of the tin.

It performed beautifully and survived in near enough (needed slight resharpening) perfect condition.

In conclusion this is an absolutely fantastic little knife that could very well become a firm favourite in my regularly used kit. 

It has handled everything I have used it for with ease, I don’t know how it would handle filleting larger animals, etc as I haven’t tried but for £3.99 I am literally amazed at the quality and sturdiness of this knife and would highly recommend giving one a try for yourself.



The service from Springfields was absolutely fantastic and delivery was pretty fast. 


I have had a look through their website and there are some brilliant products at great prices so don’t be surprised if you see more from them in the future.


You can find the Paracord Knife here… Green Paracord Knife

There are quite regularly special offers on too, so don’t forget to check out the links below to be kept up to date.

Website: www.springfields.co.uk

Facebook: /springfieldsbushcraft