Nothing’s worse than craving a succulent piece of bacon for your BLT sandwich, but not quite feeling like pulling out the pan, waiting for the bacon to cook, and then having to wash the pan just for a few pieces of bacon. You want that damn sandwich when you want it! Not in 30 minutes, not with all the extra work, but now! The only thing worse than craving then slaving for some bacon, is opening a pack of bacon, cooking one or two pieces and then having the meat go bad before you can make the rest. I feel your pain, my friend, and I too have struggled with these emotionally devastating problems with in my lifetime. But no longer. When I want some bacon, I head to my fridge and pull out a bag of perfectly cooked bacon. I take what I need, when I need it, and so can you. Come closer. Closer. You must bake the bacon, my son. That’s right. Bake the bacon. In 20-30 minutes and a few minutes of dripping the grease off, you will have all the bacon your heart doesn’t need, when you want it.
Things you’ll need:
• Baking pan
• An oven…
• Bamboo skewers
• 4-way cheese grater or large bowl (for holding the skewers and dripping the grease off)
Step one: Call me Sensei from this point on.
Step two: Preheat oven to 350 ºF (177 ºC)
Step three: Line a baking pan with foil, and lay the strips of bacon on the pan without overlapping them too much.
Step four: Bake for 20-30 minutes depending on how done you like your bacon. Personally I’m more of a chewy bacon guy.
Step five: Drain the grease off the bacon. If you don’t the grease gums up the bag when it cools. I have two ways of doing this, both involving bamboo skewers.
First option: Take one of those 4-sided cheese graters. I stick two skewers through the larger holes on the front of the grinder and put the points of the skewers firmly into the smaller holes in the back. Then once the skewers are in place, place something heavy on top, and lay the bacon across the skewers above the cooking pan to catch the grease.
Second option: Put two skewers across a pan or deep dish, and drip the bacon grease off it that way.
Step six: Once the bacon is more or less de-greased, place in a zip-lock bag, date it, and place in the refrigerator.
Step seven: Take the pan and pour the bacon grease into a jar for later cooking. This is not optional, Grasshopper. This is mandatory. You must harvest the sweet, sweet bacon nectar.