Bacon is made by taking a slab of pork belly and letting it sit in a brine. The salt draws moisture out of the meat, killing bacteria. But cured meat can still grow bacteria if handled incorrectly. If you'd rather stick to cooked, get our bacon recipes here.
With people getting fired up for the holiday cookie-baking season, MDRN KTCHN host Scott Heimendinger tackles the science behind eating raw cookie dough. Should you lick the spoon? Watch and find out! Want to learn more? Come back every Sunday for a new episode of MDRN KTCHN, and check out Modernist Cuisine's new cookbook, Modernist Cuisine at Home!