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Do i need to form the pellicle?

mattyoc20

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My bacon has been in the fridge uncovered since fridayy night.  I was hoping that the pellicle would form by now, but it hasnt.  I was planning on smoking today but dont no if i should with out the pelicle forming.  How much longer will it take do you guys think.  I was hoping to let it rest a couple days and eat christmas  Doenst look that is going to happen,  THanks for the help
 

dirtsailor2003

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You need some air flow over the bacon to get the pellicle to form. I bet if you pull it out and put it in front of a fan for a hour it'll start forming.
 

mattyoc20

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will it be alright sitting out at room temp?  I do nnot have a big enoguh fridge put in a fan.  and it is unseaonably warm today.  About 70 degrees?  Thanks for the quick response
 

backsmokin

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That's what the cure is for. Cover with paper towels lightly (Golden Retriever fur is an issue in my home) to prevent surface contamination
 

mattyoc20

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I guess it did I'm not really sure what it is supposed to look or feel like but I smoked it for 22 hours and it was awesome
 

daveomak

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I guess it did I'm not really sure what it is supposed to look or feel like but I smoked it for 22 hours and it was awesome
Excellent that you liked the bacon..... The pellicle should be "dry" to the touch... kind of have a shiny surface... It's made up of the water soluble proteins that have dried on the surface of the meat... or something like that...

Dave
 

delfuegosr

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Just my opinion, but I have made BB bacon with and without a pellicle, and the pieces with the pellicle smoked much better and tasted better than without. Supposed to help retain more smokey flavor, I have read... I must concur.
 

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