Just the smell of bacon is enough to tempt anyone to get out of bed in the morning.
But cooking it to the right texture may take some time to master.
That’s because we all like it in a different way.
Some like it malleable and almost raw while others basically want it burnt to be brittle.
Fortunately, we have the secret, as royal chef Jeff Baker reveals.
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He has prepared meals for the Queen as well as over three decades of experience in a demanding professional kitchen.
Jeff told the Daily Star, “I find the best way to cook bacon is in a medium to high heat pan with a small amount of natural fat, searing it on each side for a minute or so.
“If the bacon has been dried properly and cut into a good thickness, it should be caramelized to the edges.
“Then the fat turns without melting, which results in a delicious flavor.”
Speaking to The Mirror, Jeff says cured pork is best when it’s crisp and much easier to achieve than we think.
The award-winning, Michelin-starred chef who has worked with some of the best in the food industry says you need to start by heating the pan, rather than slowly cooking the bacon.
The intense heat should caramelize the bacon, making it crunchy and giving it a stronger version of its distinct flavor.
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The unpopular opinion of the professional chef is that he does not think that you should add any seasoning to bacon.
Guess that bacon with ketchup skin won’t be on his menu anytime soon?
Jeff, who is also an executive development chef for online butcher company Farmison & Co. explained: “In my opinion, if the bacon was cooked this way, the bacon wouldn’t need any sauce to improve the taste—it would be perfect the way it is.”
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