Baking bacon is a simple way to have bacon for everyone hot and ready at the same time.
Instead of frying your bacon on the stove a few pieces at a time, bake it in your oven all at once.
Here’s the super-simple instructions:
- Arrange as much bacon as you can fit in a roasting pan, without the strips overlapping each other
- Put it in the oven and turn it on at 400 degrees (don’t preheat)
- Set the timer for 15 minutes
- It takes from 15-20 minutes to cook, depending on how thickly cut the bacon strips are and how well-cooked you like it
- Remove from the oven and use a spatula to transfer it to a plate right away so it doesn’t continue cooking
- Bonus Step: Pour the melted fat in to a jar for later use
If you have leftovers, you can cut them in to small pieces to use as a salad topping, or toss them in to scrambled eggs another day. Or you can laugh at me for suggesting there’s ever leftover bacon.
This method also saves clean-up time. When I cook bacon in the skillet, the sugar that it’s cured with ends up getting sticky and burned on the bottom of the pan. When you bake bacon, it heats gradually and evenly which melts some of the fat first, providing a bit of stickiness protection to the bottom of the pan. With this method we end up with a clearer bacon grease that we pour in to a small jar and save for cooking with later.
For the most delicious bacon, buy it from a farmer that raises pigs on pasture and feeds it natural foods. It puts any bacon you buy at the grocery store to shame! Check out the picture above for a preview.
I hope you like this handy tip to make your breakfasts a little quicker and easier!