How to Cook Bacon

Uploaded by allrecipes on 02.12.2010

Do you think everything tastes better with bacon? If so, then you'll be excited
to learn that there are three easy ways to cook these sizzling smokey strips to get
them just the way you want them.
On the stove top, the old-fashioned way of cooking bacon, and for the die hard
bacon fan, this is the way to go.
You can control the heat and watch the strips cook to get them just right, and
not burn them. The downside is grease, and there's lots of it.
Keep the mess to a minimum by using a skillet with high sides to minimize
splatters, and wear an apron.
Lay a single layer of bacon strips into the skillet on medium heat.
The strips will shrink as they cook so it's okay to overlap them a bit.
As the bacon sizzles, use tongs to turn over the strips frequently.
The cooking time of your strips depends on the thickness of your bacon.
And weather you like it crispy or chewy.
As the strips are finished, lift them out and lay them on a plate draped with a
paper towel to drain off the excess grease.
Let them cool a bit before you serve them.
In the oven
If you have a lot of bacon to cook, this is the method to use.
You don't have to stand over the bacon is it cooks so you're
freed up for other things. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.
Use a baking sheet that has rimmed sides to capture the grease.
Line in the bottom with aluminum foil.
Place a flat rack in the baking sheet. The rack will raise the bacon so it's not
sitting in the grease.
No rack, no problem! just lay the bacon right in the
pan in a single layer. Place the baking sheet in the oven. After five minutes,
check on the strips to see how they're doing. After about 10 minutes, turn over
the strips and continue checking them until they're done to your liking.
Cooking time will vary with the thickness of your bacon.
Drain the cooked bacon on paper towels.
Now, here's the best part, besides the yummy bacon.
Cleanup is snap! When the fat cools, just fold up and toss the aluminum foil.
And now for the third way to make tasty bacon.
In the microwave.
For instant bacon gratification, you can't beat the microwave.
It's a quick and easy way to cook a few slices, and there's minimal clean-up
Cover a microwave safe plate with 3 or 4 layers of paper towels.
Layer 4 to 6 strips of bacon in a single layer on the plate and place two
layers of paper towels on top of the bacon.
Microwave on high for 2 minutes, then take out the plate and check on the bacon.
If your microwave doesn't have a turntable, turn the plate or rearrange
the bacon so it cooks evenly.
Continue to cook on high and check the progress every minute.
It shouldn't take more than 5 minutes. When the bacon is done,
clean up is a sinch! Just toss the paper towels.
here's a little hint, if you don't want your kitchen smell like bacon every time
you use your microwave, wipe down the inside of the microwave when
you're done.
Get your bacon fix by cooking up sizzling bacon in 3 different ways:
on the stove, in the oven, or microwaved.
Then create your favorite bacon classics: bacon and eggs, bacon topped burgers,
BLT's and more! Because everything tastes better with bacon