Cooking Bacon With Water
Meat Hacks: Cooking Bacon With Water?
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Adding Water to the Pan for Bacon?
Few things are better than waking up to the delicious smell of frying bacon. However, if you cook it in a pan you get splattering everywhere and if you cook it in the oven you almost have to run the clean oven cycle when you are done. Recently there has been a lot of talk about using an old trick when making burgers on a stove and that is adding water to the pan. It is supposed to reduce splattering and make everything easier to clean up. Sounds like a great excuse to cook up some bacon to me!
So the first step is to get your bacon in the pan before it is hot, then since we are cooking it in water the salt is going to leech out a little so I recommend you sprinkle a salty seasoning like the Signature Pork Seasoning or one of Excalibur’s Rump Rubs, I did the St Louis Rub and it was excellent.
Next, add enough water so the bottom of the pan is completely covered, you can add more to where the bacon is covered but then you have to wait around for all that water to boil off. I tried both methods and found the greatly reduced cook time from covering just the bottom of the pan was well worth the tiny amount of extra clean up that was necessary.
Then you can follow a fairly normal process for cooking the bacon. I started it out on high at around 450° until most of the water had evaporated and then reduced the temp down to about 380 until the bacon was nice and crispy.
I was fearful that I was going to end up with something that was either totally floppy or tasted just like ham but it retained its flavor, though a little less salty than it would have been just in the pan and you can cook it as crisp as you want.
So, would I do this again? Absolutely! And I have been, I have been cooking bacon all day here playing around with this method and trying different things out. So a couple quick tips, thicker slices will perform a little better, if you want a salty bacon then sprinkle on a seasoning with a good salt content like the signature pork rub and once the water is cooked off reduce the heat a little, it will take slightly longer but it seems to improve the texture.
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Cooked a batch of summmer in PK 100 casings are 1 7/8 by 12 cooked at 120 for one hour then 140 two hours then 180 tell internal of 152 but when I went to pull them the fat had liquefied any ideas
Tom T from Boise, ID
Oh… I ground the pork fat and the venison at the same time. 2 chunks of venison, 1 chunk of pork, back and forth…
Yes… sure cure and sure gel binder. The venison and pork fat were both still partially frozen when I ground them. First through the large course plate, then again through the small plate. (Not sure of sizes, but these are the plates i normally use for summer sausage). I probably should have put the meat back in the freezer before seasoning but i was pressed for time. I mixed by hand for 14 or 15 minutes. I also think I might have added to much water. The video said 2 quarts for wild game 2 pints for fatty pork. I put in 1 quart and about another cup. I mixed until it got tacky and then mixed some more. The meat seemed soupy to me but the video said that would be ok.
The shriveling occurred before I bumped the temp up. I was using a digital thermometer with a probe, when the temp stalled for a couple hours, I suspected the temp might be reading inaccurately so I opened the door to confirm with a dial thermometer. The digital was accurate but the sausage was already shriveling.
Another thing that bothered me was the casings… these had perforations for some reason. I e never used perforated casings before and seemed like I was losing a pot of moisture through them. Did I have the wrong casings? The other fibrous casings in the catalog said you were supposed to poke them anyway.