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 lessen the amount of fat or salt to adjust for the same coming from the bacon?
On the same note, what fats can I substitute bacon fat for? I know it is a liquid when heated up but solid in the fridge. Does it work in place of butter, oil, etc?
In terms of chemistry, I don't think there is much special about bacon grease as opposed to any other animal-derived fat product (melted fatback, lard, whatever). It's purely about that salty smoky taste.
Not much that has that flavor except bacon, but the flavor itself isn't critical (though it is damn tasty). I'd just accent some other flavor in the dish, and add more salt than the recipe calls for. Won't be the same, but it shouldn't be too bad either.
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 towels to dry off Guy cooks potatoes in left over bacon fat By the time potatoes are done (20 mins or so), the bacon is cold :( What can be done to remedy this? Should I just wrap the bacon in tin-foil? I've yet to fully master "timing" when it comes to cooking two different parts of a meal at the same time
As you can see in the picture, this bacon is just about ready to be removed from the heat. Just what are those bubbles/foam(?) on the surface of the bacon? Note: this is fresh bacon from a butcher-- not processed or packaged-- if that makes a difference.
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, and well everyone knows bacon fat... so what is the difference ? Can you substitute them ?
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 twice during cooking. However, I just watched this video at Chow that instructs to never pour off the fat. Does the pool of hot fat help or hinder in achieving a uniformly crispy piece of bacon?
What type of oil is best for pan frying either white pudding or black pudding? I don't want to use bacon grease (I'm not cooking any bacon) and cannot fry it in its own fat (no fat renders out of most black/white pudding produced in the UK, where it is from, and has a standard consistency among most commercial recipes which makes dry frying impractical).
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 commercial products don't use real bacon (or at least the ones I've seen) and all the do-it-yourself recipes claim it not to be shelf stable. My hope was that cooking the bacon crisp would remove a majority of the moisture, preserving something akin to jerky. Once cooked it would be pulverized and adding have a large amount of kosher salt added to it, many times that than the weight of bacon used. I
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 obvious. The really cheap brands are thin enough to see through and very fatty. I haven't done side-by-side taste tests to judge for myself how bacon at various price points compare. What makes premium bacon more expensive? Is it simply a more meaty cut or is the smoking process more flavorful? The other side of the question is- How can I identify good bacon that has those characteristics
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? Does it have to be pressure canned or do the preservatives in the bacon make that unnecessary? How is the taste/texture of bacon out of a can? It's not worth doing if it will end up unappealing.
I'm about to start making some rillettes with some pork belly and Lard left over from making scratchings the other day. I've looked at a few recipes but it's not clear if I should drain off the fat from the cooking before shredding the pork or not. I assume this would be the way to go so you can better control the amount of fat in the finished product. Anyone know or have tried these themselves?