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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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Is there a good way to make vegetarian carbonara?

Do not look for all these functions in one off-the-shelf ingredient. For the smoky taste and bacon texture, try various brands (there are differences in taste and texture) and cuts (as in, HOW you ...
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Is there a way to make bacon a decent substitute for pancetta in Italian dishes?

You can substitute bacon for pancetta. The main difference between the two is that pancetta is unsmoked, so if you can find bacon that is unsmoked, go for that. If you only have access to smoked bacon,...
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Is there a way to make bacon a decent substitute for pancetta in Italian dishes?

The most common cured meats to use in either of these dishes would, traditionally, be guanciale or pancetta. Both of which are fairly different than your standard grocery store bacon. But I don't ...
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Pancetta leaking into cheesecloth

This is difficult to assess and provide a definitive solution for because you've got several conditions that are not ideal. As you point out, your temp is too high and your humidity is too low, for ...
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What can I substitute for Guanciale?

Pork belly! Very similar to guanciale, maybe slightly less fat.
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