Your mouth just watered, didn’t it?
Saturday, my Dad offered me a piece of store-bought bacon jerky and changed my life. Bacon, any time of the day? Bacon you could eat without getting your hands (too) greasy? Well, okay!
So I immediately went home and took some bacon out of the freezer. Except I couldn’t wait a whole day for it to thaw, so I defrosted it in the microwave. It was still partially frozen when I stuck it in the dehydrator…
This bacon came from an impulse buy at the IGA a few months ago. It was like 14lbs for $10.00, or something ridiculous, and naturally, you get what you pay for. This is terrible bacon. I hate cooking it because it makes my house smell like some strange chemical, not delicious bacon. As you can see from the above picture, it’s also really fatty, and looks more like ham than bacon.
Anyway, I though “Hey! Maybe it will taste good like this!” So I trimmed off all the excess fat, and diced all of the smaller pieces into bacon bits.
You’ll need a fruit leather tray for bacon bits, so they won’t fall through the grid.
Turn the dehydrator on the hottest setting, and check back in 2-3 hours!
I actually over-dried mine slightly. I think they would have been a little chewier a half an hour prior to when I remembered them.
The bacon bits turned out really good though.
This is a total game changer! I can’t believe I never thought to make bacon jerky before! I’m definitely going to do this again soon with some GOOD bacon, because the underlying chemical taste was still present, unfortunately. I recommend starting with good bacon, and not cheap discount boxed bacon that you have to sort into 1-lb increments. Go figure.
I will say that I’m pretty pleased (aka, “smug”) to have made my own bacon bits. What a money-saver! I feel like I just freed myself a little from the grocery store. (Never mind that I still have to get the bacon there…)
And both of my children loved it, so that’s a huge score to have a handy protein snack on hand for them.
Note: While I think it’s probably fine to leave the bacon jerky out on the counter in a baggie or jar since most bacon is cured with preservatives, I have been keeping mine in the refrigerator and it has not affected it’s quality or texture.