Apparently, The Key To Cooking Crispy Bacon Is Simmering It In Water First

If you watch cooking shows, chances are you know who Alex Guarnashelli is.

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She's a Food Network personality, host of the ever-so-popular Chopped, and executive chef of Butter in NYC.

So when I came across a video she posted on Instagram of bacon cooking IN WATER, I knew it was for a good reason...

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It looked kinda weird, but this is Alex Guarnashelli we are talking about —she wouldn't steer us wrong!👨‍🍳

THEN, I found a clip in which Guarnaschelli further explains the technique while being interviewed on The Dish and it all made sense.

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Her explanation? "I start all my bacon by simmering it in a little bit of water and letting all the water cook out" says Guarnaschelli.

You basically just fill a regular frying pan up with a half-inch of water, then lay your bacon slices in a single layer in the pan. Simmer the bacon slices until all of the water evaporates. Once the pan is dry, keep cooking the bacon until they get nice and crispy — just like you normally would.
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You basically just fill a regular frying pan up with a half-inch of water, then lay your bacon slices in a single layer in the pan. Simmer the bacon slices until all of the water evaporates. Once the pan is dry, keep cooking the bacon until they get nice and crispy — just like you normally would.

The general idea is that the water helps render the fat, and by the time the water evaporates your bacon will have rendered off enough fat to help it get nice and crispy. Apparently the hack also prevents the fat from splattering, too. ¯_(ツ)_/¯

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"It costs you zero dollars, zero equipment, just some water in the pan — and that's my favorite kind of hack," says Guarnaschelli.

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"It costs you zero dollars, zero equipment, just some water in the pan — and that's my favorite kind of hack," says Guarnaschelli.

Have you ever cooked bacon in water? Let us know in the comments!

And if you haven't, what's your trick for making crispy bacon? Roasting it? Microwaving it? We want to know! 🥓
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And if you haven't, what's your trick for making crispy bacon? Roasting it? Microwaving it? We want to know! 🥓

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