Hello, my name is Angenette and I am a bacon lover. Yes, it is true. Um…who isn’t, though?
Cooking bacon on the stove top in a frying pan is a deterrent though. Maybe that is a good thing, because I would be eating bacon with every meal if it wasn’t so messy. It also leaves my house with the oh so pleasant smell of grease for at least a day. Believe it or not, some people like that smell so much they pay almost $30 for a bacon scented candle. See proof below:
And I just made a joke about needing to go through the twelve step program for my love of bacon!?!?
Okay, so this post isn’t about people’s obsession with bacon as much as it is about finding a better way to cook bacon without all the mess and smell. Inevitably, there will be some of those issues no matter what way you choose to cook the stuff, but the way I cook bacon reduces that quite a bit. Especially the mess.
What you need to bake bacon is pretty simple. You probably have everything in your house already.
You need a baking sheet/cookie tray with raised sides. I’m sure there is a fancy technical term for this cookie sheet, but I don’t know what that is.
You need a wire rack that fits inside that cookie sheet (see top photo)
You need aluminum foil wide enough to cover the cookie sheet
& you need BACON!
Cover your baking tray with foil. If you have to use two pieces, that’s okay, but you will probably have a little more clean-up because the grease finds a way through the seam.
Put your wire rack on top of the foil and lay your bacon on the rack. I can fit about twelve pieces of bacon on a tray. Maybe you have really skinny bacon and can fit more. For thicker cut bacon, you may not be able to fit as much. You can line it up close because as it shrinks the pieces will pull away from each other.
Pop your bacon covered wire rack tray into the cold oven and set it to heat to 375 degrees.
How long it takes to cook your bacon depends on how thickly sliced your bacon is. It usually takes about 20 -30 minutes, but keep a watch on it after 20 to see how it is doing. If it needs more time, set your timer in 5 minute increments until it becomes baked to the crispiness you desire.
One thing about bacon…you need to pull it out of the oven before it is too crisp because it will continue cooking for a bit even after you remove it from the heat.
I like to put it on a plate covered in paper towels and put another paper towel on top to get rid of some of the grease.
To clean up after this mess, just wash your wire rack and throw out your greasy foil once it solidifies. Usually the pan beneath the foil doesn’t even get dirty, but you can wash it too if you are a neat freak.
If you have bought a bacon candle or have received it as a gift, please let me know. I may recommend therapy, but I’m curious to know what it smells like.