I recently bought some uncured bacon from my local food co-op meat department because it was on sale. I cooked a few pieces and ate it with my breakfast, but it was extremely salty for my taste. I called the butcher department and asked them what I could do to make it less salty and they told me a very simple method that worked perfectly.
It involves giving the bacon a couple of hot water baths. It works with both bits and rashers.
- First of all, add the bacon to a heat-proof bowl. Pour some freshly boiled water over the bacon till it is well-covered. Give it a stir and let it sit for 2 minutes.
- Drain the water off.
- Repeat this again, this time leaving the bacon in the water for a minute. This should be sufficient to remove the ‘excess’ salt while preserving the taste. When that’s done, rinse and drain the bacon then pat it dry.
Enjoy your less salty bacon!