Cooking Bacon

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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October 12, 2010 Flag

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

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August 17, 2016 Flag

This is a guide about separating bacon strips without tearing. Separating bacon slices, especially thin ones can result in torn strips.

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January 24, 2011 Flag

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.

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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

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April 28, 2016 Flag

This is a guide about making crumbled bacon. Make your own crumbled bacon to use as a garnish or in recipes.

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April 20, 2016 Flag

This guide is about cooking bacon for BLTs. There are a few tricks to preparing bacon for sandwiches. You want your meat flat, crisp and free of excess fat.

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April 19, 2016 Flag

This is a guide about keeping bacon from curling. The shrinking of the fat on a strip of bacon causes it to curl as it cooks.

Several pieces of backing laying flat while sizzling in frying pan

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April 19, 2016 Flag

This is a guide about cooking bacon in the oven. Bacon may be delicious, but it is generally agreed that cooking it on the stovetop is messy.

Oven cooked bacon on cookie sheet.

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September 21, 2007 Flag

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

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September 27, 2015 Flag

This is a guide about removing bacon in one piece. Removing bacon from the package without tearing a strip can be frustrating.

Removing Bacon in One Piece

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July 31, 2009 Flag

Most bacon presses can run anywhere from $10 all the way up to $20 and $30. 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.

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October 12, 2004 Flag

Tired of that pound of bacon shrinking away to virtually nothing? Shake the strips in a little flour and fry away. Stops shrinkage!

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January 30, 2012 Flag

This is a guide about cooking bacon in the microwave. Cooking bacon in the microwave is easy. It also is less messy and usually quicker than cooking it on the stove top.

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July 8, 2014 Flag

This is a guide about preventing bacon grease splatters. It is a good thing bacon tastes so good, because the spatters are not so good. However, there are some ways to prevent the mess.

Preventing Bacon Grease Splatters

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November 16, 2011 Flag

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.

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August 24, 2006 Flag

Preventing Bacon From Sticking. If you sprinkle just a tiny bit of sugar in the skillet when you are browning bacon. . .

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January 24, 2011 Flag

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.

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May 18, 2009 Flag

Tips for cooking good bacon. Post your ideas.

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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)

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

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

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

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.
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By Harlean from Arkansas

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