There has been much debate about whether crispy or chewy bacon is superior in its taste. However, there is only one correct answer to this question and it’s “whatever you like most!” There is absolutely no reason to choose one type of bacon other than your personal preference.
That said, there are some differences between these two bacon types. They are results from the cooking method used. But they have no significant bearing on the nutritional value of bacon as well as its impact on your health.
Crispy and Chewy Bacon: Differences in the Cooking Method
The main difference between chewy and crispy bacon is the content of water it retains after cooking. To be chewy, it needs to have more water even after it’s fully cooked. But the crispiness is achieved through heating it so much most of the liquid evaporates.
Note that due to these differences you always need to study the description and reviews of a bacon cooker thoroughly. Some types are completely unable to cook bacon in both ways. Therefore, you need to make sure that you pick the one right for you.
Essentially, to get your bacon crispy, you need to cook it with the heat turned up to the max. You must literally scorch it so that the water evaporates and fat sizzles. Let the bacon sit on the counter for at least 15 minutes before cooking. This way it will melt a bit and can be rendered crispy but not burnt.
However, if you enjoy the meatier texture of chewy bacon, you need to cook it a medium heat slowly. Bacon doesn’t need a lot of time to cook, so it should be cooked through and safe yet still remain chewy.
Note that if you want to achieve maximum “chewiness”, you should add a little bit of water when cooking. Pour just enough liquid to barely cover bacon in the pan. But remember that you should always put bacon only onto a hot pan/skillet and add water after you do it. Keep the heat at medium throughout. Do not forget to turn the strips halfway through the cooking.
Finally, keep in mind that the quality of bacon also matters for the cooking result. The truth is that cheap bacon usually has more water in it. Therefore, it’s nearly impossible to cook it to perfect crispiness. But if you like it chewy, this option will be the best for you because you don’t need to add any water yourself.