When you first cooked bacon, you probably fried it in a pan. Heck, that’s how it’s shown in the movies. And frying pans can make cooking bacon quick and easy: put in some cooking oil, drop in the bacon, turn on the burner and away you go.
But as anyone who has cooked bacon knows, the bubbling of the cooking oil can sometimes pop onto your exposed skin. Frying also requires a lot of watching to make sure you the bacon doesn’t stick to the bottom of the pan. One of the ways to avoid these problems is to bake your bacon.
There are many ways to bake bacon. And although I’ll provide a description of how to do it, you’ll have to test drive it the first time to see if it cooks the way you want it to. After all, we all like our bacon cooked differently – embrace your personal preference!
The Best Way to Bake Bacon
1. Preheat the oven to a fairly hot temperature: about 400-425 degrees Fahrenheit.
2. Get out a cookie sheet with a raised rim (you don’t want the excess bacon fat to drip into your oven). I’d also cover it with a sheet of aluminum foil for ease of cleaning. There are some special pans to help you bake bacon, but you don’t need to invest money into special pans to enjoy the baked flavour (Although it doesn’t hurt to invest in something that’ll make your life easier!).
3. Put the bacon on the sheet. Make sure the bacon pieces don’t overlap each other.
4. Put the sheet in the oven and bake for five minutes. After the five minutes are finished, turn the tray around to ensure that the bacon cooks evenly.
5. Bake for a few minutes longer. You’ll have to keep an eye on it. Ovens always vary in their cooking temperatures, and the baking time depends on how crispy you like your bacon.
6. Take your bacon out. Dab it with a paper towel to remove any excess bacon fat.
The benefits to this method are that you get a consistent level of cooked bacon. Your bacon is also unlikely to get overcooked, or to stick to the pan. Baking bacon is particularly good if you like your bacon crispy and evenly cooked. If you’ve never tried baking bacon, consider it the next time you are enjoying your favourite treat.
What do you think of baking bacon? Do you bake your bacon?
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