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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 Brianna Southworth from Dutch Harbor, Alaska
Before opening a package of bacon, roll it into a long tube to loose the slices and keep them from sticking together.
By Rachel's Mom from Wilkesboro, NC
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 Ann Winberg from Loup City, NE
When cooking bacon, use wooden chopsticks to flip the strips over. This makes it easy to flip one slice at a time for even cooking. Use the chopsticks to mash down any strips that are wavy, and your bacon will be picture perfect.
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!
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.
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.
Tired of that pound of bacon shrinking away to virtually nothing? Shake the strips in a little flour and fry away. Stops shrinkage!
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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What is the best way to cook bacon for BLTs?
By jasmine from Pasadena, CA
When cooking lots of bacon, it's easier to bake it in the oven. Line a jelly roll pan with foil, then put down a sheet of parchment paper.
I cook it in the microwave, too. But I put two paper towels on the bacon tray, lay my bacon on top of this and add another layer of paper towels to stop splatters. I cook till crispy. MUCH less fat and taste wonderful!
From someone who used to cook for a gold camp just outside of Fairbanks, AK, I can tell you the easiest way.
With two baking sheets the same size, I lined one with the bacon, and sat the other right on top with the baking side up...just like you were stacking them clean in your cupboard.
Nest them. If you will, with the bacon in between. This accomplishes two things. The bacon is flat and cooks faster, and you don't have any grease splatter. Hmm, now I am suddenly hungry!
If everything tastes better deep fried, imagine what it will do to bacon. If you have access to a deep fryer and love crispy bacon, try deep frying it.
This is a page 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.
This is a page about separating bacon strips without tearing. Separating bacon slices, especially thin ones can result in torn strips.
This is a page about making crumbled bacon. Make your own crumbled bacon to use as a garnish or in recipes.
This page 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.
Bacon may be delicious, but it is generally agreed that cooking it on the stovetop is messy. This is a page about cooking bacon in the oven.
This is a page about keeping bacon from curling. The shrinking of the fat on a strip of bacon causes it to curl as it cooks.
This is a page about removing bacon in one piece. Removing bacon from the package without tearing a strip can be frustrating.
This is a page 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.
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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 it's.only.me from PA
Tips for cooking good bacon. Post your ideas.
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)
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)
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
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
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.