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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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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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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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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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Do I need to pre-cook bacon when adding it to a quiche?

I've got a quiche recipe that requires me to use bacon but it's not clear on whether or not I should cook the bacon before adding it to the quiche. The quiche is to be cooked at 180C for 25 mins so ...
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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 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 can I prevent bacon mayonnaise from splitting when above fridge temp?

I know how to fix a split mayonnaise made with olive or vegetable oil - that's not a problem. I have made Kenji Lopez-Alt's recipe for animal fat mayonnaise (bacon fat, for putting on a burger). It ...
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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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How to do English breakfast at home

I have been a week in London and I enjoyed the English breakfast: scrambled egg, bacon, sausage, toasted bread, warm tomato (I skipped the beans as I shouldn't eat them). Now, how can I do it at home,...
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Does bacon need to be fried until crisp?

I'm not sure how much to fry the frozen bacon I get. Should it be crisp? When do I stop?
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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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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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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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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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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?
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Can the bacon in homemade “Bacon Salt” be made shelf stable?

After success making several fancy salts including Sriracha, smoked, and green chili I've decided to try to move in to stranger and tastier territories. As such I want to make a bacon salt. The ...
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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 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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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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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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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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Does higher quality bacon cook flatter?

My friend was remarking that the bacon I buy is low-quality because when it cooks it's all warped and not flat. I remarked that if he doesn't want bacon, he should keep talking. Other things being ...
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How far in advance can you make bacon?

I have to cook bacon for 300, how far in advance can I make the bacon? How will it hold up if say I start cooking it 2 days before the breakfast?
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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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How to put the bacon IN the burger?

I want to make unique and hopefully really awesome bacon cheeseburgers tonight. If I had been thinking I would have purchased cuts of meat to grind myself, possibly with the cooked bacon, but what I ...
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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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What is Turkey Bacon?

Is there a standard part of the turkey that they use to process "turkey bacon"? Is it pressed from different sections of the turkey?
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What makes bacon chewy?

My mom likes bacon crispy (and dry enough to choke on). I like bacon to be chewy. I have noticed some techniques that will make bacon chewy or crispy but it sometimes seems like luck. Making it ...
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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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Bacon substitution

I do a great simple dish that involves bacon so I'm interested whether there is a vegetarian substitute for bacon. It would be quite useful having one since I use it all the time. Here's the recipe: ...
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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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Why does bacon curl?

When frying bacon in the pan, it tends to curl. What causes this? Is there a way to slow down that process itself?
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Is it possible to make bacon at home?

So, I am from India. And it's very difficult to find bacon in local super-markets here. I was wondering if there is a way that I can make bacon at home or any other alternative to bacon.
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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 identify quality bacon?

I see bacon in store that varies widely in price. From the bulk ends and pieces packed in a solid block to thinly cut off-brand to expensive thick cut bacon. Some of the differences in quality are ...
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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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What knife and cutting technique should I use for cubing bacon?

I like to fry and cook cubed bacon for various dishes, but I sometimes have a hard time cutting through bacon, especially where the fat meets the meat. The bacon just tends to move around too much, ...
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Vacuum-packed (or not?) bacon, safe to use?

I purchased a 3-pack of bacon a week ago, basically 3 vacuum packed (is that the right word for this?) bacon, stripped together (probably made together, seems like the plastic was just sealed between ...
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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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Substituting with Bacon and Bacon Fat in a Recipe

I've been thinking about throwing cooked bacon into various recipes like candy and bread. Are there any general guidelines for adjusting the recipes for handling this addition? For example, should I ...
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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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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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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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Food Timing: Keeping Bacon Warm While Cooking With Bacon Fat Made from Said Bacon

The Situation: Guy decides he wants to make bacon and potato cubes (I can't think of a better term) for breakfast. Guy wants to cook potatoes in bacon fat Guy cooks bacon and places bacon on paper ...
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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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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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Make bacon less salty

I just finished a burger that I got at a local butcher/deli. The burger was half ground chuck and half apple wood smoked bacon. It was delicious. The only problem I have with it is that it was very ...
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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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How can I specify the correct type of bacon in the US?

I'm in the US, looking for bacon like they have in the UK and (possibly?) Canada. However, if I ask for Canadian Bacon, I receive what is basically a processed ham product that I find far less tasty. ...