Do i need to form the pellicle?

Discussion in 'Bacon' started by mattyoc20, Dec 22, 2013.

  1. mattyoc20

    mattyoc20 Smoke Blower

    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
  2. dirtsailor2003

    dirtsailor2003 Smoking Guru OTBS Member

    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.
  3. mattyoc20

    mattyoc20 Smoke Blower

    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
  4. backsmokin

    backsmokin Fire Starter

    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
  5. driedstick

    driedstick Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    Well did it form and turn out for you??
  6. mattyoc20

    mattyoc20 Smoke Blower

    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
  7. daveomak

    daveomak Smoking Guru OTBS Member SMF Premier Member

    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...

  8. delfuegosr

    delfuegosr Newbie

    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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