The Real Reason Why You Should Try Cooking Bacon In Water

The Real Reason Why You Should Try Cooking Bacon In Water


Bacon really is the best, right? It’s versatile and can be enjoyed as part
of another recipe, slapped on a cheeseburger, or eaten by itself in all its glory. But if you’ve ever eaten bacon that wasn’t
cooked properly, you know it’s easy for such a wonderful foodstuff to go wrong. Bad bacon is as bad as good bacon is divine. So how do you get it right? It’s tricky! Some people prefer crispy bacon, while others
prefer chewy, and still others prefer bacon that manages to be both crispy and chewy at
the same time. The question is, how do you cook bacon that
is crispy without being too crisp, and chewy without being too rubbery? There are a ton of different ways to cook
bacon, from traditionally frying it in a skillet to slow cooking it in your oven at low temps
— and everything in between. Each of these methods do have their drawbacks,
though, and can leave you with unappetizing breakfast meat that you don’t really enjoy
eating. Frying in a skillet can go wrong in a hurry,
as your bacon can go from “just perfect” to “fried charred strip of pork” in an instant. Cooking in the oven on a baking sheet at low
temps will give you perfectly delightful bacon, but it can take so long, and if you pull it
out too soon due to impatience or lack of time, then you just have gross, undercooked
bacon. Thankfully, there is a solution for all of
these problems, and it doesn’t take a ton of time or leave you with bacon you’ll want
to throw in the trash. It involves placing the bacon in a skillet,
on the stovetop, and covering it with water. Yes, you really boil it, like in that John
Cusack movie. “What have you done to it?” “You said you didn’t like all the grease from
fried bacon, so I boiled it.” While this may sound completely disgusting
— after all, wouldn’t this leave you with a greasy mess of limp bacon?! — it’s actually
the best method for bacon that hits that sweet spot of chewy and crispy, if you do it correctly. What makes this method even more appealing
is that the bacon cooks up plump and juicy without all the grease splattering your stove,
your clothes, and the floor. Perfectly cooked bacon without all the mess? Where do we sign up? America’s Test Kitchen outlines this water-cooking
method, and though it’s definitely a departure from the usual methods, it’s actually really
simple. While it’s not quite the same as tossing your
bacon strips into a large pot full of water and boiling for a set amount of time, as you
would with dry pasta, you are still technically boiling your bacon. That’s where the resemblance ends, though,
because it’s more of a quick boil paired with traditional frying. You definitely don’t want to skip the frying
step. To make your perfectly cooked bacon, lay the
strips in a skillet, or you can cut them into pieces instead of leaving the strips whole,
if you’d like. Add just enough water to cover, and turn the
burner on high heat. Wait for the water to boil, then lower the
heat to medium. As the bacon cooks and plumps, the water will
eventually simmer away. Once the water has evaporated, turn the heat
down to medium-low. By this time the fat will have been rendered
by the cooking process, which means that the chances of the meat burning while you try
to cook the fat down is lessened. The reason you’ll want to continue to cook
your bacon without water is to get that meat crisped up, because most people likely have
no desire to chow down on rubbery bacon. This final step will allow you to brown the
bacon to your desired doneness. What you’ll be left with is bacon that isn’t
warped and ribbony, it won’t be dry or brittle, and it won’t be tough or excessively chewy. Instead, you’ll have a plate of gorgeous,
plump bacon that melts in your mouth. It might be hard to let go of your “regular”
cooking method, but once you try cooking your bacon in water, you will probably never do
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42 thoughts on “The Real Reason Why You Should Try Cooking Bacon In Water”

  1. This is how my mema did it. She always had the best bacon. How awesome this was published on her birthday l. Happy Birthday Mema! RIP

  2. Just when you think you’ve heard everything. I will definitely try this..it sounds like maybe it’s an easy cleanup too.👍🏻

  3. I always cook my bacon by boiling it first !I boil it until all the fat comes to the top ! Then I pored it off rinse the bacon off. After that I cook it on the griddle. Nice crisp bacon. WITHOUT all the fat. Works 4 me.

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