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.

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

Close up image of diced bacon

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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.

Two BLTs (Bacon Lettuce Tomato Sandwiches) against a white background

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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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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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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

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Bacon baking in the oven.A reader asked if you could bake bacon. Here are the responses we received from the ThriftyFun community. Post your own bacon techniques below.

Cooling Rack in Cookie Sheet

This is the correct way. Take a cookie cooling rack the same size as a cookie sheet. Place cooling rack on top of the sheet and cook the bacon at 350 to 400 degrees F about a half hour. 400 degrees F seems to cook it too fast and you still end up with a lot of oil in the meat. I've done it at 325 degrees F for an hour and it comes out nice too. Good Luck!

By Barry

Start With Cold Oven

Bacon should be put in a cool oven and brought to 400 degrees F, then baked until desired crispiness. The reason is this will help bake the fat out first, then it's simply a matter of cooking the meat that's left.

Jelly Roll Pan

For one pound of bacon: Use two foil lined jelly roll (15 1/2 x 10 x 1 inch) pans (easy clean-up), bake in a preheated 400 degree oven for 10-12 minutes. Depending on the type of bacon, the time will vary.

I lay the bacon close together since it does shrink as it cooks. Remove from oven, when bacon is cooling off in pan, I tilt the pan, by carefully using oven mitts or pot holders. I double up with the mitts or pot holders on one end of the pan so the pan is tilted. This way the bacon grease will drain off somewhat. I do this with whatever needs draining from the oven.

Just be careful when handling a hot pan. Remove bacon and drain on a dish lined with paper towels. Refrigerate or freeze any leftovers. Also, whenever I use this method, my smoke alarm will go off. So, I have to crack my kitchen window, and turn on my ceiling fan.

By mkymlp

Check Package Directions

You can bake bacon. That is the only way I do it because I hate being burned by the splattering grease. Usually the directions are right on the back of the package but if not, 350 degrees F for about 12-15 minutes usually does it.

By Corinna

Use Broiler Pan

I put the slices of bacon on my broiler pan, cook at about 300 degrees F so all the grease will fall through the slats in the pan.

By dsbaby14

Cooking Tips

It's simple. 400 degrees 15 minutes. Remember it keeps cooking once you pull it out of the oven. That's the way they do it in restaurants.

By Gary

Sugared Bacon

I place a metal cooling rack (for cookies or cakes)into a foil lined jelly roll pan, and bake my bacon on top of the rack. Fat drips through. For extra yummy "sugared bacon" sprinkle brown sugar liberally on top of bacon before baking at 400 degrees F for 20 mins. Sweet, yummy and delish!

By Theresa

Jelly Roll Pan

Bake in a 400 degree oven on a jelly roll pan. A whole pound will fit on the pan. Keep moving it to not let it stick together. It will cook in about 20 minutes. Works wonderful. Left overs I put in a ziploc bag in the freezer.

By quickcooker

Cookie Sheet Technique

Squish up some aluminum foil, put it on a cookie sheet. Lay out the bacon on the foil, bake at 350 degrees F until it is the crispness you want. The leftover bacon can be put in a ziplock bag for other uses or breakfast the next day.


By Jose

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I do mine at 400 for twenty minutes in a glass baking dish - pie plate, 8x8 or 9x9 works fine for about a 1/2 lb. of bacon per dish. If you're concerned about splatter, place a cookie sheet under the baking dish.

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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

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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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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

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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

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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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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.

Cooking bacon in microwave.

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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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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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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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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!

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Tips for cooking good bacon. Post your ideas.


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.

By Harlean from Arkansas

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