1 lb bacon
3 quarts or so of water
Start this process at least a week before you intend to serve this dish.
In a large pot, fry the bacon until delicious. Add the water and simmer for an hour or so. If the flavor isn't sufficiently infused at that point, blend the bacon and water together.
Strain through a fine mesh strainer. Reduce the resulting liquid to taste.
Measure the weight of the liquid you end up with, and measure out .7% gelatin by weight. Take a cup of the liquid and set it aside to cool a bit, then stir in the gelatin. Stir back into the rest of the liquid.
Put the liquid in a ziplock bag and freeze.
Once it is frozen, set it up in your fridge in a cheesecloth-lined strainer set over a bowl. As the block melts, bacon consommé will drip through the cheesecloth into the bowl below. The gelatin that remains acts as a strainer so that the dripping liquid is perfectly clear.
You can make this in advance and freeze it until it is needed.
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