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I grew up making bacon in the microwave, so when I moved out on my own…that’s all I knew. Well, I realized there is an even better way to cook bacon (and no, I’m not talking about pan frying it…though that is quite tasty).
This is not a fast method for cooking bacon, it is actually probably the slowest method. But it turns out great bacon. I’m not sure how this method turns out better tasting bacon, but it does. The “fat” part is soft and almost melts in your mouth while the “meat” part gets crispy. I promise, once you try this method there is no turning back to the microwave.
Okay, so I realize that is not the best looking picture, but everything kept reflecting back and making weird spots on my picture.
Best Bacon Ever
rimmed baking sheet
Line pan with tin foil. Place bacon on pan, trying not to let them touch (or just barely touch). Put in cold oven and then turn to 400 degrees F. Start checking for doneness around 20 minutes and then every 5 minutes after that (or sooner if it looks really close to being done). It goes from done to burnt very quickly.
Remove bacon from pan onto a plate lined with paper towels to allow some of the excess grease to drain off.
Eat now or save some in the fridge for quick meals (BLTs) or salad/potato toppings through out the week.
Note: I’ve had batches that cook in 25 minutes and I ‘ve had some take 35 minutes…I’m not sure why, but you don’t want to walk too far away from it.
Jelly Gamat says
i don’t like bacon, but thank you for your post
Allan H. says
I use a broiler pan and broil the bacon. You have to keep your eyes on it and keep the bacon halfway down the oven to slow the cooking time. I will try your baking method next time, I have two broiling pans so will be able to double up on the batch. What I do with the cooked bacon is to cut the strips in half and tray freeze, then put in a baggie. Because the strips are so thin, they defrost in minutes for sandwiches, and is great to chop up for real bacon bits when needed for a salad. I cook the whole package at once, then take out as little or as much as I want. Keeps for about two months, if you can keep your hands off bacon for that long.
I just spent forever frying a package of bacon yesterday. Sure wish I’d known about this method then! I’ll definitely try it next time. Thanks for sharing.
I was thinking of making BLTs for either lunch or dinner tomorrow. I might give this a try!
Teresa Moore says
My mom use to sprinkle a little flour on the bacon before she would bake in the oven. But the bacon had to have pretty good fat on it and it made it really crispy.
Amy @ Marvelous Mommy says
Mmmm… bacon! 🙂 I will try this! It looks much easier. I always burn it in the frying pan.
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Mama Chocolate says
My mom used this method ever since I can remember and I LOVE it. It saves so much MESS and always cooks the bacon more evenly.
bacon makes for a great breakfast treat. Here are some tips that I would like to give you, it is important you keep an eye on the bacon, to ensure that the bacon does not burn. Once the bacon is ready, do not leave it in the oven or on the baking sheet, as the heat from the baking sheet or oven will continue to cook the bacon and it may get burnt. If you want to store cooked bacon, then it is recommended you under-cook the bacon and cook it in the microwave before you want to eat it.
Katie K says
You could also do this on a broiler pan (so the grease drips down & away from the bacon) but I haven't tried it yet. Pretty much any method is preferably to using my big electric skillet, as it's a bear to try to clean afterward! If I can use pans that fit in my dishwasher, I'm all for it! 🙂
Bacon in the microwave? Egads. Really? Anyway, this looks worth trying. I would have to *not* tell hubby how I did it though.
samele thorner says
i LOVE cooking my bacon in the oven.. yes it is longer, but YES it is the best bacon!! I haven't ever used foil, I always use parchment.. maybe I'll try foil. (I also need to plan my menu.. I'm too busy to try to olan on th efly.. I'll get it together one day!(soon hopefully)