Cook bacon in the oven for less mess!
We’ve been cooking bacon in the oven for years, and if you love bacon, this is the best way to cook a big batch all at once. It makes clean up a breeze, with no worry of getting grease splattered on your favorite shirt.
Here’s a trick to always having a little cooked bacon when you need it: Freeze it! If you use this method, you can cook a bunch of bacon all at once, then freeze those perfect strips flat in the freezer. When you need it, you can add it to salads or a little bit of crumbled bacon to a recipe that calls for it.
If you pile the strips of bacon into one pan, you can cook two (one pound) packages at once in the same pan in the oven. About half way through the cooking time, the bacon will shrink a significant amount, freeing up a lot of space in the pan. You can then move the pieces to have more space to cook and crisp up.
How to cook bacon the best way...in the oven!
- 1 - 2 pounds bacon
Line the pan with tin foil. Two pieces of foil folded tightly together to completely cover the baking sheet pan.
Place the strips of bacon on top.
Place the pan into a cold, unheated oven (use the middle rack).
Set the oven to bake at 400°F (204°C).
Set the timer for 20 minutes. It may take a bit more time, depending on your oven...and how you like your bacon...chewy or crispy.
At about half way through the cooking time, move and separate the bacon on the pan to allow for even cooking.
Remove the pan from the oven. Place the crispy bacon on a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb excess grease.
Let the bacon grease cool in the pan for a bit and if you'd like to save the bacon fat, you can transfer it to an empty cleaned out glass jar. If you plan to toss all the bacon grease, let it cool in the pan. Place a few paper towels on top to soak up the bacon grease. Roll it all up with the tin foil to throw it all out at once.
Enjoy your crispy ...easy to clean up BACON!
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Here’s a trick…if you don’t plan to consume all the bacon right away, freeze it! Precooked bacon is always great to have on hand for recipes when you need it. Here’s a sneaky way to hide full strips of bacon in the freezer. To make your bacon not look like bacon when it’s in the freezer…because we all know bacon won’t last long…everyone will want eat it! You can hide it in a ziplock bag between paper towels and two cardboard sides of an empty cereal box. This is how to do it:
If you’ve never tried cooking bacon in the oven, you’ll have to give this method a try. It’s the best!