Monday, November 1, 2010

Oven-baked bacon

Do you hate the mess of frying bacon, but love the taste?  So do I!  Many years ago my DH taught me to bake my bacon.  If you haven't heard of this method, it is the best!

Every few months we buy 3-4 lbs of bacon from Costco or Sam's and spend some kitchen time getting it all baked up.  You have to allot a fair amount of time, but you don't need to stand over this so you are able to go do other things, like watch the football game.  After it's all done and cooled, we put it in a gallon zipper freezer bag and freeze it all.  Whenever we need some, we pull out a few pieces, place them on a paper towel and reheat them in the microwave for about a minute (depending on the number of pieces).  Try it, you'll like it!  It's especially nice when you just want a piece or two for your soup or baked potato.

Here's how we do it.
Preheat the oven(s) to 325 degrees.  Place as many strips of bacon as you can on a broiler pan.  The beauty of this is that the majority of the grease drains off to the bottom of the pan.  Bake for 20-30 minutes (longer if you have thicker bacon) or until crispy.  Lay bacon on paper towels to cool.  Repeat until all bacon is cooked (we use both ovens to speed up the process).

fresh from the oven
cooling on a paper towel

Try not to eat it all.  This almost melts in your mouth!

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