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Laser Cooked Bacon

So recently I was thinking about what other non-standard uses I could put my laser up to, that got me thinking about what food related things I could do, and bacon came to mind. Other then being awesome in general, bacon is a thin meat that might be ideal for cooking with a laser.

Laser Bacon

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So what was it like? The bacon cooked well on the top layer, so well that it was slightly charred. After cooking the bacon was thinner after two passes, but didn’t shrink in width like it does with you cook on a pan. It’s possible that some of the top layer of meat was vaporized, but I assume mostly it was cooked.

After two passes I stopped it, the top was already slightly charred, I think if I went any further it would have been mostly charcoal. Maybe a longer cook at a lower setting would make better bacon.

I did try it after the process, it was charred on top, undercooked on the bottom, but still tasted like bacon. I did get a mild upset stomach after, but that was probably psychological.

What other foods might I try? Cut chocolate, marshmallows, peeps? Post your ideas.

Later on I tried sugar in another experament: Rapid Prototyping with Sugar and Lasers

Print | posted on Wednesday, May 06, 2009 8:45 PM | Filed Under [ Original Posts Laser ]

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# re: Laser Cooked Bacon

Amazing. I had a dream shortly after I was made aware that you had a laser in your basement that you used it to cut meat. Delightful to see that it can not only cut meat, but cook as well. By far the coolest (though perhaps not the best) way to cook bacon I've ever seen.
5/7/2009 5:50 PM | Robotic
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Toast toast in a toaster then cut the word toast in it.
Ive done it, its well good but the words taste all lazery
5/9/2009 6:31 AM | Hudders!
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Does it work for "Canadian bacon", too?

Dave
5/18/2009 8:25 AM | Dave
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you could try subtractive sculpting of ice cubes. might take a little rethinking though, and I'm not sure if the ice would absorb enough of the wavelength to properly melt or evaporate.
5/29/2009 11:47 AM | Keven
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Brave man for eating undercooked pork...
Cool test though!
5/29/2009 2:32 PM | Thomas
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Could use it for Creme Breulle ( or however you spell it..) It would probably make a great crusted caramel topping..(???)
6/11/2009 8:01 AM | Susan
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An unusual use of a laser? Laser tatoos: http://www.instructables.com/id/Laser-Tattoo/
But as it's already done, what's next?
Laser nail-cutting?

6/11/2009 8:04 AM | R4f
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Why isn't there Canadian bacon in Canada?
6/11/2009 8:31 AM | Penny
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If your bacon is cured, it doesn't actually need much cooking. When I was a kid I could stomach pulling the meaty bits off of raw bacon and eating it. So, I'm not sure that the tummy issue had to do with the meat.

Bacon done nicely on both sides is a common issue for most cooking processes. Even in the microwave you should give it a flip. So, maybe next time, if you dare, you'll do one pass on top, flip it, and do one pass on the less cooked side?

6/11/2009 8:35 AM | Whystler
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Whystler,

I did do one pass on the underside and flipped it, but I realized that my power settings were set way to low, so I did the 2nd side twice.

I'm sure if i do this again, I'll do a little better. I got the feeling that there would be a fine line between cooking and completely burning it.
6/11/2009 9:02 AM | jeremy
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You got Ponoko'd
6/11/2009 9:19 AM | John Humphrey
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Trogdor says:

"Bacurnination!"
6/11/2009 4:38 PM | Saltation
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@Penny:
Why isn't there Canadian bacon in Canada?

Actually, there is, but we call it "back bacon" or "peameal bacon".
3/19/2010 11:40 AM | gcb
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LOL, this brings back memories of cooking sausages on the exhaust manifold of my friends old Datsun, many years ago! It is actually scary what uses tools can be put to that will definitely not be described in any of the manufacturer's manuals or press releases! Cooking bacon with a laser is a first to me, but it is definitely opening my mind to the possibilities that exist if you dare to think outside of the box! Classic!
8/26/2010 5:13 PM | Laser Cutting

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