Cooking bacon is so messy. But I have the perfect solution to cooking bacon with no mess by baking it. So easy and no mess
I simply adore bacon.
But hate frying it up in a pan and dealing with flying and popping grease mess everywhere.
For years now I had been buying the super-duper size of Hormel-cooked bacon at Sam’s. It was pretty good bacon and all you had to do was pop it in the microwave for a few seconds and you had instant bacon. Problem was, it could be a tad bit expensive and it was getting where Sam’s wasn’t carrying it all the time. I needed a solution.
Bake My Own!
I can get nice thick bacon at Publix quite often for buy 3 get 1 free deal and with coupons, it really makes it a great deal.
I start off with a sheet cake pan, foil, and cooling rack. Cover as much of the cake pan as you can with the foil. It will make clean up much easier. Even though my cooling rack is non-stick, I still spray it with a non-stick spray.
Layout the bacon as close as you can get but not overlap each other. They do shrink.
Bake for 20 minutes for thin bacon at 400 degrees. If you have thicker bacon, bake for a couple more minutes. Times can vary depending on the thickness of your bacon, so start watching at about 15 minutes until you get the perfect amount of time. Baking the bacon on a rack really makes it much crisper than letting it bake in its own grease.
The layout on a paper towel and start the process all over. After the bacon is all cooled, I will layer the bacon between paper towels and close it up in a zip loc bag. Some I put in the fridge, but most go in the freezer for later. Some don’t even make it to the bag. 🙂
To heat up, just pop a few pieces in the microwave for a few seconds. Don’t let it cook too long or it will burn. Badly!! Trust me.
When it’s time to clean up, I make sure the bacon grease is completely cooled, and then VERY slowly I will pour the bacon grease into an old plastic butter container. Snap on the lid, roll up the foil into a ball, and it’s ready for the trash. Unless you are one who loves to keep their bacon grease for cooking. The pan and cooling rack is easy to wash and put away now. No scrubbing.
This process may take a bit of time, but I’ve learned to do other things (checking out what’s going on in the social world) during the baking time.
Let’s take one more look at this bacon yumminess.
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I’m just a country girl loving my geeky life with my wonderful husband, always taking pictures, getting my hands dirty in the garden, being crafty, exploring with travels and enjoying all this on a budget. But above all, living my faith as a child of God!