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What's the difference between “English” & “American” bacon?

Prompted by Is it possible to cook bacon without melting as much fat? where I answered in an "English" way… I've had crispy bacon - you can get it on pre-made sandwiches or in chilled packs in the ...
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Is it possible to cook bacon without melting as much fat?

I love Bacon, but I prefer fattier pieces of meat. However, I cannot seem to find a way to cook the bacon without melting most of the fat off. What I've tried so far: Searing at high temperature - ...
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Cold smoked bacon biltong safety

Just looking for a safety/sanity check here regarding making biltong from cold smoked bacon. I would like to make bacon biltong using a recipe similar to this one: 1 kilogram Back bacon 4 ...
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Is there a method for desalinating bacon?

Bacon contains a rather large amount of salt which can pose problems for people who are trying to find ways to reduce salt in their diet. Is there some method that can be used to reduce the amount of ...
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If bacon tastes like fish, is it still good to eat?

I've had some bacon in the freezer for a few weeks, got it out and fried it up today, and it tastes like fish. Is it still good to eat? No, there was no fish in the freezer No, there was no fish ...
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White residue after putting bacon grease laden cookware in dishwasher

I scrape off most of the bacon grease then put it in a dishwasher. The residue doesn't feel very greasy, it has kind of a powder feel to it. There is only residue on the cookwares, and no residue on ...
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How can I make bacon powder?

I want to make bacon powder, I assume the means cooking all of the fat out without burning the meat. Is this right? if so how should I do this? If not what should I do? How should I turn the bacon ...
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Making Bacon Spirals

I would like to make a garnish of bacon spirals. Spirals like cinnamon rolls, not like curly fries, nor like Gemelli pasta. My plan is to bake loosely rolled bacon held in place with a toothpick. ...
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White residue emerging while cooking bacon

When I pan-fry bacon I usually see a curdled white residue emerge from the strips as they start to become cooked. This residue forms a sticky film on the pan that burns if not scraped off during ...
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Cooking Buffet-style Bacon

When I was a kid, every month we would go out to a high-end restaurant or country club buffet for Sunday brunch. At these buffets, I would be confronted with hotel pans with fancy chrome lids resting ...
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Are there different grades or styles of bacon?

In commercials and when I go to restaurants (even fast food!) the bacon that I get is a reddish brown color and seems to be mostly meat, or at least meat textured. However, when I buy bacon at the ...
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Tips for cooking something “bacon wrapped”?

Whenever I cook something "bacon wrapped" the bacon comes out a little undercooked for my taste. Should I be half-cooking my bacon before I wrap it onto something that I'm going to bake?
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Is bacon fat supposed to congeal at room temperature?

My grandma told me its a good idea to save the bacon drippings in a sealable container to cook with later. I remember when I used to watch her cook with it, it was always solid. I have started ...
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How long can I reuse this delicious bacon grease for cooking?

I cooked some bacon about a week ago and left the grease in the pan. I've used it the last two nights with great success for cooking other meals. How long is it safe to reuse? I figure since I'm ...
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Rendered pork fat vs lard vs bacon fat?

What is the difference between "rendered pork fat", lard, and bacon fat? I've seen lots of references to rendered pork fat in the Momofuku cookbook, references to lard in one of my Schezuan cookbooks,...
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Sealed Bacon Left In an Ice box

Is it ok to eat sealed pack bacon after I accidentally forgot, left it in an ice box without ice for 8 hours? Its frozen when I left it. And after 8 hours its still cold.
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Non Pork Bacon Alternatives

So, I love turkey bacon, and have it a lot; however, I always feel that i'm eating a mush processed meat. Are there any meat cut alternatives to pork bacon from other animals? Has anyone tried to ...
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Method for including bacon in an otherwise vegan chili?

So I've got a vegan chili I make on a regular basis that I think is pretty darn good, but I'm always looking for ways to make it better. (I'm not actually vegan. Obviously.) Last time I included bacon ...
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How long will grease (from bacon or roast) keep in the fridge?

I kept all of the bacon grease from making bacon this weekend, and now I have a jar of solidified grease in the fridge. How long can I use this to impart bacony goodness to my fried vegetables before ...
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What are the small yellow things on my cooked bacon

I cooked some bacon medallions yesterday, it was in date, didn't smell, and I had some of it, putting the rest in the fridge - by all accounts it was fine. This morning however, when I opened the ...
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Irish Bacon Ribs

Does anyone have the recipe on how to make these classic, old-school ribs? I'm not looking for the cooking recipe but the following: What pork cut is it? (I believe it's the babyback rib rack) How do ...
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How to add a salty/bacon flavor and texture to vegan collard greens?

As a vegan of nearly a year bacon has come as a "great loss" and my collard greens have suffered for it greatly. I have been experimenting with tvp bacon bits, vegan bacon strips (both frozen and ...
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How long can you keep bacon (from a butcher) in the refrigerator?

I bought smoked bacon from a local butcher and I want to know how long I can keep that bacon in the refrigerator. It is an all natural product with no preservatives other than the process by which it ...
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Should I pour off the liquified fat while cooking bacon?

At home, I'm likely to cook bacon stovetop in a cast iron skillet. In commercial kitchens I've worked in, bacon goes on sheet pans in the oven. In each case, I usually pour off excess fat once or ...
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What is the best method for stick-free cooking of bacon in a stainless steel pan?

I recently made the switch from the non-stick pans to stainless steel. If it helps, I also have a natural gas stove-top. I began cooking bacon and did not add any oil to the pan as I figured the ...
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How can I get my bacon flatter?

When frying bacon, it tends to curl up. I don't like it because my bacon doesn't cook equally and it's hard to get it crisp that way. Is there a technique or a tip so I can have flat bacon?
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Can I can bacon?

This question is my wife's. Of course, I wouldn't want to save bacon for later. I have seen commercial canned bacon for long term food storage and camping, etc. Is it possible to can bacon at home? ...
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How to bacon infuse solid cheese block for smoking?

I already cold smoke cheese. I'm looking to add bacon flavor to that cheese. Would soaking it in cooked bacon grease and cutting off the heavily saturated outer section work?
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What is the difference between pancetta and bacon?

I see pancetta next to the bacon at a local butcher and was wondering what the difference was between the two?
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Getting Crisp Bacon In A Gas Oven

I have been cooking bacon in ovens for several years. Our new house has a gas oven, a new experience for me, and while I've generally mastered it, I'm struggling with cooking bacon in there. It ...
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How long does grease take to go bad/rancid when sitting out?

If I make a skillet full of bacon, how long can I leave the grease sitting out before it is unsafe/rancid? Is the answer different for ground beef grease?
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How can I get my bacon less salty?

I was reading this question, and there's a solution to the OP's answer. I'm not fond of salt and this is a drawback for bacon (to me, that is). I do want to end up with pieces of cooked bacon (so ...
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Is it safe to eat smoked bacon without grilling?

The reason I ask this is due to the fact nothing on the bacon packaging indicates it can or cannot be eaten 'raw' and in general eating raw meat is a bad idea.
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Curing bacon with a wet brine, without nitrates

When making bacon, many of the recipes call for a dry brine using curing salt with nitrates. I've read that it is possible to use a wet brine without the curing salt with the nitrates and just use ...
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How do I cook large quantities of sliced bacon?

This question is pretty straightforward. Are there ways to take a sliced slab of bacon (i.e. a whole large package) and effectively cook all the slices to be used in standard scenarios, like breakfast?...
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My bacon is a mess

A few days ago, I tried cooking bacon on the stove for the first time, following the directions on the package to a T. I left it in the frying pan for 3 minutes, just like it said. Unfortunately, at ...
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What is the texture/taste difference between cured and uncured bacon?

I understand that the main difference between cured and uncured bacon is that one is cured and one isn't. But, is the curing process the same for all slab bacon? And does it make a difference, taste ...
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Curing pork belly for bacon - how much juice should come out?

So I am curing some bacon - my third batch using small 1.5kg pieces of pork belly. The method is simple: cut skin off, rub in salt and a little brown sugar, put in a ziplock bag in the fridge and flip ...
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Is my bacon still safe after being left at room temp. for 32 hours?

I bought a package of Appleton Farms, hardwood smoked, sugar cured, sliced bacon about 32 hours ago & forgot to put it in the refrigerator. The ingredients state "cured with": water, salt, sugar,...
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Can beef bourguignon be halal? [closed]

I'm preparing for the next master chef and want to show off. But I only eat halal. Can it be prepared without alcohol, bacon and cream?
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What is the best temperature and method to cook bacon in a grill pan?

Weekend mornings is always a breakfast feast in our house. When it comes to the bacon it's a war zone in the kitchen with hot fat drops shooting everywhere, and sometimes I get hit. The texture of ...
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What causes congealed bacon fat to have a wrinkly surface?

Earlier this week I refrigerated some rendered bacon fat in a small metal prep bowl, for later use. Today, after making bacon again, I went to add more grease and saw a surprising texture on the ...
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How to tell when bacon is cooked enough?

I've been experimenting cooking bacon on the George Foreman grill. I'm trying it out a little less cooked and was wondering, how do I know if it's cooked enough to be safe to eat? Recently I've tried ...
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How to make perfect crispy bacon strips?

I recently tried to make some crispy bacon, and failed. I prepared half of it in a frying pan, half of it in the oven. Half the strips were still chewy, some were partially burnt, some were still ...
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Why is bacon crispy?

Wat makes bacon crispy, when compared to other cuts of meat? For example, if I cut a slice of chuck steak and make it identical in shape to bacon, and cook it the same way I cook bacon, I think it ...
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Bacon fat producing solid white and gelatin state

I save my bacon grease when cooking bacon and use it in several recipes. When i render it and store in the refrig some becomes a white solid and some remains in a gelatin state. Why?
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Is there standard terminology for the doneness of bacon strips?

As you lower temperature on strips of bacon, you go from: a light, hot sear (very soft, chewy bacon), to a hot sear followed by a light saute in its own lard (getting towards al dente), to a medium ...
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How should I cook bacon in an oven?

I've heard of people cooking bacon in an oven by laying the strips out on a cookie sheet. When using this method, how long should I cook the bacon for, and at what temperature?
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USDA or Food Labeling?

I have some bacon I took out of the freezer and put directly into the fridge to use this past weekend. Unfortunately, the weekend came and went without me cooking said bacon. It has been sitting in my ...
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What's the difference between bacon and gammon?

What is the difference between Gammon and Bacon? Would it be generally reasonable to substitute the two as required?