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 deals 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.
Lay out 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 then letting it bake in its own grease.
Lay out 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 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 its 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 its ready for the trash. Unless you are one who loves to keep their bacon grease for cooking. The pan and cooling rack are 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 whats going on in the social world) during the baking time.
Let’s take one more look at this bacon yummyness.
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