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Cured and Smoked Bacon question

FliehighFliehigh Posts: 76
edited October 2012 in EggHead Forum

I have recently just finished my first batch of home made bacon.


My issue/question is that, I didn't soak it before smoking it so it is way too salty.


If I soak it now should I soak it sliced or in the chunks, also should I use hot or cold water?  I want to try and save the smoke flavor and I though the hot water would make it too bland.


Thanks for the suggestions.


  • Richard FlRichard Fl Posts: 8,248
    Have never soaked after smoking.  Not sure what will happen.  Why not try a   small piece and test it. 
    You can always thick slice it as is  and use for beans or collards. Think of this batch as salt pork for different dishes.
  • SoCal_GrillerSoCal_Griller Posts: 511
    edited October 2012
    In the book Charcuterie (Page 43 step 8), its suggested that if the bacon is to salty, then blanching the bacon in simmering water for 1 minute before cooking will reduce the salt content.  I was lucky enough on my one and only try and did not have this problem.  Let us know what you do, as I'm sure that one of these times i'll have the same problem.

    Edited to add Page reference

    Simi Valley, California
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  • I will try the blanching tomorrow night (next planned "BACON" Meal) and let you know my results.

  • SkinnyVSkinnyV Posts: 3,394
    edited October 2012
    Did my first batch and its eadible but salty. A quick blanch and its just fine does not change anything but pull out salt. If you have a water machine with cold and hot water, I used the hot water and it pulled the salt just fine didn't need to boil anything. Next time I might soak it before smoking. 
    Pic of my bacon in this post, pretty happy with result.

    Seattle, WA
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