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What can I use in lieu of bacon in boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin?

You could perhaps take some ideas from vegetarian recipes. Obviously, I know chicken isn't vegetarian, but if you need to avoid bacon there are vegetarian options for imparting the flavouring that you ...
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Are there different grades or styles of bacon?

In the UK there are two main cuts of bacon. There's "streaky bacon", which is cut from the pork belly. This is mostly what you get in the US. There's also "back bacon" which is cut from the pork ...
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What are the small yellow things on my cooked bacon

This looks like your meat was discovered by a female fly (probably something like a blow fly) who thought that the protein-rich “carrion” would make a great spot for her offspring and subsequently ...
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What can I use in lieu of bacon in boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin?

If nitrites are the issue, make your own bacon without using any pink curing salt, or use raw pork belly or fatback. Note: using commercial "uncured" bacon wouldn't work, because that's ...
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What can I use in lieu of bacon in boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin?

Bacon adds 4 things: Fat: In theory, any fat will do as a replacement. In practice animal fats have different characteristics than most vegetable fats as they give a different mouth feel. Butter is a ...
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Are there different grades or styles of bacon?

More explicit answer for the USA: USDA says that bacon is not graded. Is bacon inspected and graded? All bacon found in retail stores is either USDA inspected for wholesomeness or inspected by State ...
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How can I render bacon fat without frying it?

Chop bacon finely...or even use a food processor. Place in a pot. Add just enough water to cover the bottom of pan and prevent initial sticking. Place on very low heat. You might even need a heat ...
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What's the difference between "English" & "American" bacon?

There are many things called bacon in many places, and all cook different. I will hit a few and hope I am mostly right, please feel free to edit where I may be speaking from mistake. British Rashers ...
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What is the uncured pork belly called?

In all seriousness, it's called pork belly.
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Is it possible to cook bacon without melting as much fat?

I'm not sure this is really a sensible answer… but it's one way… Deep-fry it. Should take about 15 - 30s. That way it will come out even fattier than it went in. Any fat that comes off will be added ...
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Can you make moose bacon?

Moose have bellies, so there is no reason that you can't make moose bacon. If you like moose, there is a high likelihood you will like moose bacon. Whether or not other people like it or not is not ...
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Are there different grades or styles of bacon?

I am going to say that in most cases, labels like premium, artisan, etc. are marketing gimmicks. I do not know of any labeling rules that will tell you a given bacon is from a better quality pork ...
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White residue emerging while cooking bacon

The answer is related to a similar issue appearing in this question. Basically, that residue is mostly water, along with denatured proteins from the meat. When meat is cooked and the cells expel ...
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Method for including bacon in an otherwise vegan chili?

You have two different approaches from Catija and eckes, depending on what you favor, but you could also combine both approaches - Start by chopping up the bacon, and then cooking it in the pot ...
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Making Bacon Spirals

Roll the bacon into its spiral and set it on end in a muffin tin to bake. You can use the toothpicks as "spacers" to keep the edges apart, and then easily pull them out the side once everything is ...
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Is there a way to get bacon crispy if you wrap it around potatoes and stick it in the oven?

The bacon should naturally come out crispy, as the oven cooks the bacon more evenly and the heat surrounds it. You can find here an article that lists a couple of advantages of cooking bacon in the ...
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What is the best method for stick-free cooking of bacon in a stainless steel pan?

First of all, it is difficult to get right. Don't be disappointed if you need some time to learn how to do it well. As for your method, there are two things in your description you can improve on. ...
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Method for including bacon in an otherwise vegan chili?

Moving to answer for OP. If you want to save the crispiness, or a least some of it, the suggestions of sprinkling small pieces at serving time would seem the way to go. It will give you the ...
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Is it possible to cook bacon without melting as much fat?

This is something i've also struggled with. I find that the traditional way of preparing bacon where I'm from (the US) sacrifices flavor and texture for "crunch". This has given me an undeserved ...
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Is there a way to make bacon a decent substitute for pancetta in Italian dishes?

It's not the same, but it can certainly work. Guanciale is a great substitute as well if you can find it. I just made carbonara last week with bacon. I used this recipe. It came out pretty well. ...
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Getting Crisp Bacon In A Gas Oven

I've cooked plenty of crispy bacon in plenty of ovens— gas and electric, commercial and home, with and without convection— and I really doubt the browning of bacon could be noticeably retarded by ...
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Why is it not recommended to microwave UK or Canadian bacon?

If we are talking about bacon in these terms: I believe it's because of the meat content difference. American bacon has a much higher fat-to-meat ratio and it's usually thinner, so when you microwave ...
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Remove residue from bacon grease

Fat can be filtered through a coffee filter. It's slow, but it works. Make sure the fat stays well above the temperature at which it congeals. Alternatively, you can "wash" the fat by mixing it well ...
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What can I use in lieu of bacon in boeuf bourguignon and coq au vin?

I believe that in many traditional recipes, the main reason for bacon is to get the fat in which other ingredients are browned. Lard and bacon fat were common cooking fats in rural areas. For this ...
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If I grill a bacon-wrapped chicken skewer, does a significant amount of bacon fat seeps into the poultry?

Your cooking method will clearly increase the fat content of the dish. If the bacon is removed after cooking, I don't think it is possible to say how much bacon fat remains. There are probably ...
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Sealed Bacon Left In an Ice box

The question though is how cold? And you've missed the chance to measure that. If it felt cold then the chances of it having spent significant amounts of time above a safe temperature are low (given ...
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Method for including bacon in an otherwise vegan chili?

I'd say you need to cook the bacon in step one with the onions, peppers et all... don't use any other oil, just let the bacon fat render out. I recommend first cutting the bacon up in 1/2 inch (1 cm) ...
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Cooking Buffet-style Bacon

Restaurants have a trick that isnt usually known even by the wait staff. They lay the bacon out on the rimmed baking sheet then place the next rimmed baking sheet on top of the bacon, lay out the ...
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Is it possible to cook bacon without melting as much fat?

Deep frying bacon is the best. I use a thermometer and keep the oil between 300-350 or it will burn and be chewy. You don't need to cook it dark for crispiness either. cool on paper towel in a ...
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