I might have mentioned it once or twice, but I love bacon. I will try practically anything with bacon.
Lucky for me bacon is very much allowed on a low carb diet like Keto.
There is one thing I don’t like about bacon though… frying it.
I have this unique ability to get spattered with bacon grease no matter how low of a temperature I fry on, or how long of a fork I use (even tried tongs once). My husband even bought me a bacon shield, which is a type of mesh lid you put over your pan to keep from getting spattered. Yeah, even with that damn thing on I manage to get hit (don’t ask me how)!
If you’re like me, and can’t manage to avoid the searing pain that your beloved bacon bestows upon you, then you will be happy to learn this wonderful cooking method using your oven. It’s also, extremely easy… the best way to cook anything!
Other than an oven, you’ll need:
-A deep dish roasting pan
-cooling rack that can go in an oven (optional)
-um… and, well, bacon would be helpful too
Preheat oven to 400.
Place the tinfoil in the bottom of the roasting pan for easy cleanup.
Place the cooling rack on top of the tinfoil.
Lay the bacon out, side by side on the cooling rack.
I started using a roasting pan, because no matter what type of sheet pan I used, I always ended up with splatter in the oven. I wasn’t hurt with this method, but I didn’t want to clean the oven every time I made bacon. I make bacon a lot!
Also, the tinfoil and cooling rack are optional. The tinfoil is just for easy clean up. The cooling rack helps with obtaining a crispier bacon, which is the way we like it in our house.
Bake for 10 – 12 minutes. Then you want to start checking for desired doneness. For bacon with regular thickness, I usually end up baking for a total of 15 – 18 minutes, but I start checking around 10 minutes. I then keep checking in 2 – 3 minute intervals.
Place bacon on a paper towel lined plate. Add another paper towel over the bacon and press gently to blot some of the grease off.
Voila! Delicious bacon without the hassle or pain of frying it!
If you’re someone who collects the bacon grease for future dishes, then you can easily pull up the tinfoil to pour into your collection container.
I like to filter my grease through a paper towel to get all the leftover bits of bacon out of the saved grease.
For those interested, here is the process I use:
Let the grease cool enough to handle, but not for so long that it solidifies in the pan. Place a fine mesh strainer over your collection container.
Place a paper towel in the strainer.
Gently pull up the tinfoil so that you form a slide for the grease to flow into the paper towel.
Let the grease completely filter through the paper towel and into your container.
And now you have beautiful bacon grease, ready to scoop and add to any dish! I keep bacon grease in my refrigerator for about 6 months or so.
Now get out there and start makin bacon! Don’t forget to let me know how this method works out for you, and if anyone has other methods of cooking bacon, please feel free to share below!
Please don’t mind the mess.
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