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How to Cook Bacon So It's Crispy, Tender, and the Most Perfect Ever

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Published on May 9, 2012

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Didn't think frying bacon could get any better? We prove it can.

Here’s a simple way how to make bacon that’s crisp and tender instead of dry and crumbly. Make crispy bacon with no risk of overcooking. Bacon cooked in water? It works!

Place the bacon (in strips or cut into pieces) and just enough water to cover it in a skillet over high heat. When the water reaches a boil, lower the heat to medium. Once all of the water has simmered away, turn down the heat to medium-low and continue cooking until the bacon is crisp and well browned. When we tried this method, the meat plumped up as it cooked instead of shriveling, leaving the bacon pleasantly crisp yet moist, not tough or brittle.

The addition of water keeps the initial cooking temperature low and gentle, so the meat retains its moisture and stays tender. By the time the water reaches its boiling point (212 degrees), the bacon fat is almost completely rendered, so you’re also much less likely to burn the meat while waiting for the fat to cook off.

See this tip on Cook's Illustrated: http://cooks.io/2lsVBVo

How to cure your own bacon at home: http://cooks.io/2lsWgpM

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