5/18/11

Cooking Bacon

My mother always prepared her bacon by frying it in an iron skillet. Bacon is great cooked that way, but it does leave a lot of grease splatters all over the top of the stove and backsplash.  Not to mention the grease that occasionally pops on your skin while you are standing over the skillet watching it so that it doesn't burn. When microwave ovens came out, I tried zapping the bacon between paper towels. I can't complain about the speed, but there's something lacking in the taste of microwaved bacon. Bacon from a microwave oven can go from undercooked to a very dry and hard overcooked in a matter of seconds. But there is an alternative way to cook bacon that I think is better. My favorite way is to bake it. It is not messy at all and the bacon comes out perfect.











Start by lining a sheet pan with aluminum foil. Spread the bacon slices out on the foil. Make as many or as few slices as you like. Place the pan into a cold oven. Set the oven to 400 degrees or if you are using a convection oven 375 degrees. If you are using thin sliced bacon, it will be done almost by the time the oven gets up to the set temperature, however, thick sliced bacon like I have used here takes longer.



This thick sliced bacon will need to cook for about 25 minutes. Drain the bacon on paper towels before serving. Clean up is really easy because the greasy pan is lined in foil. This is a super way to cook bacon.










6 comments:

  1. I will have to try this. Does it splatter inside the oven very much?

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  2. No, it doesn't splatter in the oven. It is amazingly clean cooking, not like cooking on top of the stove.

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  3. I made a pan of bacon in the oven this morning. Rather than spending 40 minutes tending to the stove, I ... did stuff. I did some work on the laptop. I played guitar with the neighbor kid. And after a little bit, there was magically some bacon. I'm sold.

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  4. I cook my bacon the same way. It works great! Hey...don't forget to save your bacon grease! It's liquid gold!

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  5. This is the only way I cook my bacon. I love it! I cook up a couple of packages in batches. Then I freeze the leftovers. So much cheaper than buying pre-cooked bacon.

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  6. This looks a whole lot less painful than frying bacon on the stove. This is so how I am making bacon the next time. Thanks for sharing at Hunk of Meat Monday.

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