The Earthworm Express


The Earthworm Express is entirely devoted to great stories from food science and technology.  Meat science and pork in particular.  Here I track the development of bacon and curing technology through the ages.  I interview the greats in the food industry and write about the greats from the past.  I feature the frontiers of new technology that seek better quality products, “produced more naturally,” and with greater processing efficiencies.

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Saltpeter:  A Concise History and the Discovery of Dr. Ed Polenske

The first scientific article ever written that directly lead to the development of the modern curing method with sodium nitrite was an 1891 article by the German scientist, Dr. Ed Polenske.  The article has not been generally available for many years until I contacted Google Books at the end on 2016 who assisted in making it available.  Written in High German, I had it translated in Cape Town.  Here I discuss the 1891 article and reviews key background information.

Below are the cover of the original journal, the title page and the first page of the actual article.

-> Index and Themes

Ascorbate/ vitamin C – its discovery, functionality and mechanisms.

Dr Albert Szent-Gyorgyi
Dr. Albert Szent-Györgyi

Articles dealing with the discovery, features and functionality of ascorbate.

Bacon and the art of living

from httpccffcw.clicforum.comt3095&minussign&Tablier.htm
In June 2008 I created Woody’s bacon in Cape Town.  In January 2009, Oscar Klynveld joined me and we formed Woody’s Consumer Brands (Pty) Ltd.  I decided to use selected events from the story of Woody’s, re-cast them in the late 1800’s and early 1900’s and tell the story of the creation of bacon. (ebook version)

The Codex Alimentarius Austriacus

The engaging stories of the origins of food safety and quality systems.

The Future of Food Processing


The latest research into food ingredients and processing technology.  The history of its development and the science underlying its functionality.

History of Bacon, Ingredient’s and related technologies


Traditional functional ingredients that complete the matrix of meat ingredients.

Interviews with food people and articles about legendary food companies

Here we honour and celebrate some of the great men, woman, companies and other organisations who contributed or continue to contribute to the food industry.

The Master Butcher from Prague, Ladislav NACHMÜLLNER


Articles related to the first successful inventor of a commercial curing brine containing sodium nitrite.

Nitrite in food: the veiled history, functionality and mechanisms

One of the most exciting stories in bacon is that of saltpeter (potassium nitrate) and sodium nitrite.

My photo memories of Woody’s

-> Site Mascot

Photos of our site mascot, Big Yellow Bacon Man.  🙂

-> Social Media

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-> Research and contact

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