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Anyone try cooking bacon with water?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 15, 2012 at 1:57 PM

At first this method seems just wrong. But the water does evaporate, and the bacon is truly fried in fat at the end.

http://youtu.be/2guC4Badq2s

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on September 07, 2013
at 01:28 AM

Holy crap that's awesome! Thanks or sharing that....will try it today!

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:34 AM

I've become a devotee of the CI method.

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on May 15, 2012
at 11:21 PM

And it's so much quicker than pan frying! Normally, my pan-fried bacon takes 2-3 hours, oven-baked bacon takes 30 minutes tops.

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on May 15, 2012
at 07:56 PM

The best part was this comment under the video: And if you want another 3 slices, just clear your calendar and repeat all steps. hawaiidispenser

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on May 15, 2012
at 06:10 PM

Naw.. oven roasted works nicely for me every time. Sometimes I'll crack black pepper over, maybe cayenne.. good bacon times.

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on May 15, 2012
at 05:44 PM

I'm an oven person too. 475 til done - let the oil collect on my silpat and save for eggs, veggies, etc. I'd be afraid to try this with my precious bacon, ha!

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on May 15, 2012
at 04:11 PM

I do the oven method also, with the bacon on a wire rack. I like bacon, and I like bacon fat, but I don't like soggy bacon. I get to collect and keep the fat for another use.

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at 03:14 PM

Great idea, never thought to do that. Thanks for sharing!

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Dbd1e8fad5d4b47409d84bd6610020d5

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on May 15, 2012
at 03:39 PM

That's great for people who like a chewy bacon!

I'm definitely one of those "the crisper the better" people. I fry my bacon in the oven.

Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

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on May 15, 2012
at 04:11 PM

I do the oven method also, with the bacon on a wire rack. I like bacon, and I like bacon fat, but I don't like soggy bacon. I get to collect and keep the fat for another use.

8c64b9c54f591531071e93792156ca15

(187)

on May 15, 2012
at 05:44 PM

I'm an oven person too. 475 til done - let the oil collect on my silpat and save for eggs, veggies, etc. I'd be afraid to try this with my precious bacon, ha!

Dbd1e8fad5d4b47409d84bd6610020d5

(368)

on May 15, 2012
at 11:21 PM

And it's so much quicker than pan frying! Normally, my pan-fried bacon takes 2-3 hours, oven-baked bacon takes 30 minutes tops.

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3351f6c8ec1ea64435e419f380ca6468

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on May 15, 2012
at 05:02 PM

I tried it and it completely eliminated all flavor from the bacon - yecch! The bacon stuck to the pan, and the texture was too chewy for me and not chewy enough for my husband. Nasty all around.

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Bfa1c9eacfc94a1b62f3a39b574480c6

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on May 15, 2012
at 04:52 PM

This actually works. In the latest issue of Cook's Illustrated, Christopher Kimble writes this as a hack for super crispy bacon.

The science? The slow heating of water denatures bacon proteins more slowly than direct heat, since the water takes up most of the heat, rather than the bacon. This results in a crispier, less tough bacon, due to less cross-linking of proteins.

It made sense to me.

I've marinated my bacon in apple cider vinegar before (pork and apple flavors go well together) and found the combination to be very balanced. Instead of the super fatty taste, you get a slight hint of vinegar that cuts through that. It's pretty good.

Fc6a9e07f6056d465573c8969d3a2ddd

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:34 AM

I've become a devotee of the CI method.

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35b2cb4d450e5288895c255dfdfff35d

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on May 15, 2012
at 02:04 PM

I add a couple of strips of bacon to my soups often enough. They don't come out crunchy but I love the flavor bacon adds to my soups.

A65499f2f8c65602881550fe309cd48c

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on May 15, 2012
at 03:14 PM

Great idea, never thought to do that. Thanks for sharing!

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on May 15, 2012
at 10:15 PM

Sometimes when I forget to take my bacon out of the freezer, I steam it in a little bit of water (just lightly) and than cook it in the oven. Comes out delicious (I use uncured pork belly and just add some sea salt).I than take the remaining bacon grease to cook my eggs in. Yum!!!!!

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