See what happens when you cover sliced bacon in some of your favorite seasonings and put it in the dehydrator instead of an oven or pan! Watch the video, read the guide, and then post your questions or comments below.
In our quest to constantly use Bacon in new and interesting ways we tried sprinkling a few different seasonings on sliced bacon and then pan-frying or cooking it in the oven. We loved the results but wanted to keep trying new things with it, so I decided to try dehydrating it, and the results were fairly earth-shattering. It turns out that we have been eating bacon wrong this entire time!
- Lay your bacon out on cutting mat or board and sprinkle your chosen seasoning onto one side, then flip and repeat.
- Turn your dehydrator on at 160° and set the timer for 4 hours.
- After each hour switch the racks, so the one on the bottom moves to the top and all others move down one row.
- Cut up into small pieces for easy enjoyment!
We didn’t set out to change our bacon world with this experiment but that’s exactly what ended up happening. When the bacon is dehydrated it adds a charcuterie like effect that is difficult to accurately describe. First, when you initially bite into it the fat just seems to explode and you get an absolutely wonderful taste. The only downside is that once that initial flavor burst is past the fat does become chewy so we do recommend that you take small bites. Don’t worry though, as soon as you are done you will go back for more!
After 4 hours of dehydrating this had a water activity of .58 which is so low that the pH hardly even matters! However, while ours was perfectly shelf stable with a pH of 5.1 without a pH and Water Activity Meter we suggest you treat this as you would any cured sausage.
#1 Was the biggest surprise to us. I love Salt & Vinegar on a lot of things but this is by far the best use I have found for this seasoning! Don’t discount how good this is, I know it doesn’t sound like a normal pairing but the results are outstanding!
#2 Cinnamon Toast Shake has never let us down and it’s not about to start with this one! Described most accurately as candied bacon what is not to love?
#3 Smokehouse BBQ adds a great mix of smoke flavor and sweetness!
#4 Buttery Garlic A little of this seasoning goes a long way, but if you like this seasoning in general you will love it on dehydrated bacon!
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