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Bacon cooking in the pan.

Cooking bacon can be a very messy job. There are alternatives to cooking bacon in a frying pan that can help reduce the mess. This is a guide about cooking bacon.

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Tip: Rinse Bacon with Cold Water Before Cooking

Keep bacon strips from shrinking in your frying pan by rinsing first in ice-cold water. Try it; you'll be surprised by this simple trick!

By AlaskanAurora from Dutch Harbor, Alaska

Tip: Crispy Crumbled Bacon

When a recipe call for crumble bacon, if you cut up the bacon before you fry it, the bacon will turn out more crispy.

By mamacrafter from TN

Tip: Easy Crumbled Bacon

I use a clean pair of scissors to cut raw bacon strips before cooking. After cooking, I have diced bacon for soups, chowders, and garnishes!

By Beverly C. from Hanover Twp., PA

Tip: Use Cast Iron Skillet for Inexpensive Bacon Press

Most bacon presses can run anywhere from $10 all the way up to $20 and $30. P>A much cheaper and just as effective option is a cast iron skillet. Cut long bacon slices in half and lay them in a large skillet.

Place a smaller cast iron skillet (one that will sit comfortably in the larger skillet) on top of bacon as a "press".

The weight of the cast iron creates a perfectly flat piece of bacon with no curling whatsoever!

By April from Albany, GA

Tip: Precook Bacon For Fast Breakfasts

We like to have breakfast at home. We prefer to have a piece of bacon with toast and an orange for breakfast when in a hurry, but prep could take a considerable amount of time and cause a mess.

To make things easier, I peel an orange and slice it on a cutting board. I fry up a half package of bacon. I store these in plastic containers in the fridge. When my hubby or I need to run, we just grab what we need and microwave the bacon (regular or turkey) for 15 seconds. Fast, neat, healthy, and tastes good, too.

By Lynn from Bridgeville, PA

Tip: Cooking Bacon

Isn't cooking bacon a hassle sometimes? My sister-in-law showed me a great way to cut the hassle. Line a cookie sheet with aluminum foil, spray grates with Pam, place your bacon strips tight together on the grates as it will shrink. Bake in a 350 degree F oven for approximately 45 minutes. The time really depends on your bacon, how thick it is sliced for instance. check it after 30 minutes then every 5 minutes after that. Don't cook it completely done. Remove from oven and cool. Store in Ziploc bags in freezer.

When ready to serve, take out however much you need, pop it in the microwave between paper towel for 15 seconds at a time and it is just like fresh without the mess and grease.

By latrtatr from Loup City, NE

Tip: Separating Bacon Strips Without Tearing

Separating strips of bacon can be really bothersome. To make it easier, use a flat, flexible cake scraper. The strips will be easy to remove without tearing.

By Jo from Riverside, RI

Tip: Roll Bacon Before Opening

Before opening a package of bacon, roll it into a long tube to loose the slices and keep them from sticking together.

By Momof1 from Wilkesboro, NC

Tip: Keeping Bacon From Curling

When you buy bacon uncooked, run water over it, pat it dry a little bit, and it won't curl up on you.

By cookie17 from Roanoke, VA

Tip: Cook Bacon In Toaster Oven

I use my toaster oven to cook bacon. I can make other foods while the bacon cooks and the timer keeps me from burning it!

I use the baking tray that came with my oven and line it with aluminum foil, leaving extra on the front and back edges. I do not spray the foil with cooking spray. I lay the bacon slices on the tray, slightly overlapping one another, so that the "ends" of the bacon can be covered by the extra foil I laid out. I can fit 8-10 slices on my tray.

Fold the excess foil loosely over the ends of the bacon and insert the tray so the foil-covered ends are at the back and front of the oven, rather than on the left and right. The foil over the ends of the bacon keeps the ends from overcooking before the rest of the bacon is done.

Select the "toast" setting and set the temperature to 375 degrees F. I set the timer for 10 minutes, during which time I'm preparing other foods. After 10 minutes, I flip the bacon; laying out the slices so that they no longer overlap. I then put it back in the oven for 5-7 minutes.

Check on the bacon every 2-3 minutes to make sure my timing is right. We like our bacon partly crispy, partly chewy. The time varies depending on the thickness of the bacon and the desired crispness.

By Patti F from Alton, IL

Tip: Keep Bacon From Curling

To keep the edges of bacon from curling as you fry it, dip the bacon in ice cold water before you begin cooking it.

By Sandy from Graettinger IA

Tip: Preventing Bacon From Sticking

If you sprinkle just a tiny bit of sugar in the skillet when you are browning bacon, the bacon won't stick.

By Robin from Washington, IA

Tip: Bake Your Bacon

When bacon goes on sale stock up the freezer as it freezes fine. Then when ready to use just thaw it out, place on cookie sheets and bake in the oven on 350 degrees till crisp-no yucky splatters to clean up.

By Melanie

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Questions

Here are questions related to Cooking Bacon.

Question: Cooking Bacon in the Oven

Can bacon be cooked on a jelly roll pan in the oven with the cooling rack or without it?

By Deb C. from Chicago, IL

Question: Cooking Bacon for BLTs

What is the best way to cook bacon for BLTs?

By jazzy774 from Pasadena, CA


Most Recent Answer

By it's.only.me [165]07/14/2009

I bake a pound of bacon at 400 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes on two foil-lined jelly roll pans. The bacon will bake at different times due to the amount of fat. Remove bacon to a plate covered in paper towels to absorb excessive fat. Use paper towels in between the layers plus on top. I freeze whatever is leftover. No need to freeze pieces separately since the pieces do not freeze together.

Another tip is to lightly flour the bacon slices before baking. Put some flour in a bag, I use the wax cereal liners that I save, add two slices of bacon at a time and shake to cover. It takes a little more time but is worth it since there is less shrinking and the bacon is very crisp.

Depending on my baking menu for the day, and I may need greased jelly roll pans, I will drain the grease from the cooled pans and then wipe off excessive grease before it will solidify. I store them in the refrigerator and then reuse the pans, not for baked goods but meats and vegetables.

The best is when I roast chicken wings in the oven. The bacon grease gives it a very good flavor. I do not do this often since it is definitely not a healthy way to cook. So this is usually a family treat. But whatever I bake in the pans is very tasty.

Before opening a package of bacon, roll it up at the narrow part. Unroll then open. This will make it easier to separate the slices.

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Cooking Bacon For Salads

When cooking bacon to use in a salad or other recipe, cut across the entire contents of package with your shears. Then fry it in a deep pan so it doesn't make such a mess. As it cooks, the pieces will come apart. It's just as easy to wash a deep pan as a skillet!

By Linda (06/22/2005)

RE: Cooking Bacon

If you have a grill, lace all of you bacon on the grill then light it and keep it on low until the bacon is finished. It taste like smoked bacon. Everyone loves it. And I love it because the stove top isn't all messed up. Easy clean up! (06/22/2005)

By houldwife

RE: Cooking Bacon

Line a roasting pan with foil. Bake at 375 degrees F for about 20 minutes. Lift with a spatula and drain on paper towels. Excellent method for cooking the whole pack at once,. You can leave it while you cook the rest of the breakfast, and cleanup is easy with the foil. (06/23/2005)

By Mary Anne

RE: Cooking Bacon

Put two paper towels on a plate,lay out the bacon on them, cover with two more paper towels. Pop into the microwave on about 1 minute per 2 slices. It's quick, no hassle, and very little mess. (06/24/2005)

By Vicki in S.C

RE: Cooking Bacon

The microwave bacon cookers work great with little mess. These are the trays with ridges on them. Just lay your bacon strips across and microwave in 2 minute increments, turning once, until they are as crisp as you like. I have two of these trays, and cook up my bacon a pound at a time. When they are done, I lay them on a paper towel and use a second towel on top to soak up excess fat. When cool, I store them in a ziplock bag in the fridge, and when we want bacon for breakfast or for BLT sandwiches, I put a few strips on a paper towel and heat in the microwave. They crisp right up again. Cooking this way also eliminates most of the fat. (06/26/2005)

By Harlean from Arkansas

Archive: Cooking Bacon

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*** I bake a pound of bacon at 400 degrees F for about 10-12 minutes on two foil-lined jelly roll pans. The bacon will bake at different times due to the amount of fat. Remove bacon to a plate covered in paper towels to absorb excessive fat. Use paper towels in between the layers plus on top. I freeze whatever is leftover. No need to freeze pieces separately since the pieces do not freeze together.

Another tip is to lightly flour the bacon slices before baking. Put some flour in a bag, I use the wax cereal liners that I save, add two slices of bacon at a time and shake to cover. It takes a little more time but is worth it since there is less shrinking and the bacon is very crisp.

Depending on my baking menu for the day, and I may need greased jelly roll pans, I will drain the grease from the cooled pans and then wipe off excessive grease before it will solidify. I store them in the refrigerator and then reuse the pans, not for baked goods but meats and vegetables.

The best is when I roast chicken wings in the oven. The bacon grease gives it a very good flavor. I do not do this often since it is definitely not a healthy way to cook. So this is usually a family treat. But whatever I bake in the pans is very tasty.

By mkymlp from PA