I'm seeing a few threads out there currently active that are talking about making sure to follow directions explicitly or "it could be bad". I don't know EXACTLY what this means. Ok, I'll be the one to ask... What happens to you/me/the meat, when we don't follow directions? Does it just taste wrong? Can it make us sick? Can I get some terrible disease? Be specific if you can, please. I got a slicer for Christmas and belly bacon is on my list of things I want to try. Now I'm too freaking scared to do it. I can buy it in the store and feel pretty confident it's not going to kill me. So if making my own is that tricky, I'm wondering if it's worth the effort.