A great deal of bacon’s appeal comes from its flavour, of course. The wonderful saltiness of bacon makes it a great addition to complex dishes, and it’s distinct smoky flavour also allows bacon to stand on its own and assert it’s flavour identity no matter what it is paired with. But there’s so much more to bacon than it’s mere tastiness. While many bacon flavourings attempt to capture the essence of bacon’s flavour profile, and many succeed nobly, there are some elements that make bacon wonderful that cannot be captured by it’s mere taste. It’s also the texture of bacon that makes it one of the most delicious things in the entire world.
The crunchiness of bacon is one of the best part of the entire bacon-eating process. The satisfying bite of a crispy rasher in your mouth is one of the great culinary pleasures of the world. Bacon’s trademark crunch is one of the things that makes is so irresistible, and contrasting thecrispness with other textural ingredients – say, setting it against a soft tomato and some bread and crisp lettuce in a BLT – is also one of the key elements of cooking with bacon.
Cooking Perfectly Crispy Bacon
If you want your bacon to be uniformly crispy all the way through, with no risk of burning or having any spots left soft and underdone, then baking your bacon in the oven is the best way to go. This ensures that your bacon is exposed evenly to the heat, and therefore that the while bacon strip cooks at exactly the same rate. While this can be a bit of a pain to clean up, the results are excellent, and it allows you to cook a large amount of bacon at once with less supervision that cooking it in a pan on the stovetop.
Super Crunchy Bacon Crackling
If you want an even crispier pork treat, the these super crunchy bacon cracklings are perfect. They are made from the rind of the bacon, and are an idea accompaniment to a cold beer, whether inside a pub with friends, outside on your porch, or watching some T.V.
Re-Crisp Cooked Bacon
While this may not be an issue if you eat a whole pack at once (something that has happened on more than one occasion in my house), sometimes there is some left over bacon that needs to be refrigerated, and in the process, that bacon can lose some of it’s crispness. Te rejuvenate any slightly-limp bacon, place it on a baking sheet and broil it just until you hear it start to sizzle. This will make it crunch again and revive that just-cooked taste!