I’ve been editing these DIY posts on The Feed for a few months now, and it’s been so satisfying to watch each one evolve from a cook’s inspiration to a tested, published recipe. The best part, however, is watching readers put the recipes to work in their own kitchens. As such, we’re going to devote a few of the next DIY blog posts to the bloggers and home cooks who’ve tried their hand at our recipes and then showed us the tasty (and often beautiful) results. If you’ve tackled a recipe or two yourself, don’t hesitate to send photos or your blog post to us at email@example.com; you could be featured here!
Timothy Donley has been a longtime Test Kitchen subscriber, and we often see him chiming in on our social media channels. Recently, Timothy uploaded a photo of his second batch of homemade bacon (made from our DIY bacon recipe) on our Facebook wall, and we couldn’t resist a chance to chat with him about his meaty DIY adventures.
Timothy has been a fan of the show on public television for about the last five years. “But I first started subscribing to Cook’s Illustrated in 2000,” he told me, “and now own the entire library on hardcover – ’93 through 2012.” He’s currently working his way through our DIY book, and says that he’s loved making the preserved lemons and has his eye on the sriracha recipe. His next project is our homemade pancetta: “I have the belly in the freezer just waiting for me.”
As for the bacon, Timothy admitted, “Honestly, the hardest part was skinning the belly.” He told me that our test kitchen video helped him realize that the key to doing so is short, shallow cuts.
Timothy loves the cook’s control that comes with making, versus buying, his own bacon. He points out that not only is the flavor adjustable (it can be as sweet or savory as one desires) but that “one of the best things about curing or smoking an entire belly is you’re able to slice it how you want it. Want breakfast bacon? Slice it thin. Doing a carbonara? Cut it thicker. Want lardons? Easy enough. Probably the best testament is that I haven’t bought bacon at the store since [making it at home].”
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Photos: Timothy Donley