Have you heard of baking bacon? Do you do this? Just wondering, am I one of a few, or many?
When we visited PAM and HBD over Thanksgiving, I called a long-time friend on the phone. She said she was in the process of baking bacon and had thought about me just moments before my call. Since we hadn’t spoken in months, I had a moment of confusion.
My friend explained that I had taught her to bake bacon when I was living in an apartment – way back before HH was in the picture. Remember we just celebrated our 24th anniversary?
I didn’t remember telling my friend about baking bacon – and I certainly had no clue I’d been baking bacon for that many years. That was almost half my life ago!
Since this seems to have been valuable and life-changing information for her, I thought maybe I should share with you how and why I bake bacon. First and foremost, it saves my stove top from the grease-splattered mess. Also, it saves time – no standing at the stove for 20-30 minutes, flipping bacon.
For the baking method, preheat your oven to 375-400°. (For very thin bacon, bake at 375°.) Spread the bacon slices lined closely together on a rimmed baking sheet. Waffle the slices to save space (and because it waffles on its own when cooked).
The entire package of bacon will fit on your baking sheet if you line it up just right.
Bake for 15-20 minutes, depending on the thickness of your bacon and how floppy or crispy you like it. If you buy thick bacon, it may take a good bit longer.
You’ll want to remove the bacon from the pan immediately and transfer to two layers of paper towels. It’s best not to let the bacon sit in the pan and soak up loads of grease.
You might want to pat the top side with another paper towel and press lightly to absorb as much grease as possible. Do you think I’m a grease phobe? You’re right!
To store my bacon, I layer a few pieces at a time between paper towels, stacking the layers.
Carefully place the bacon stack into a zip-top freezer bag. I store my bacon in the freezer and take out a few pieces as needed. To re-heat, microwave for 20-30 seconds on high, covered to prevent splatters in the microwave. (I’m also a grease-splatter phobe.)
This has been my way of keeping bacon on hand – much like the boxed pre-cooked bacon we can buy in the stores today, except mine must be kept in the freezer. When I need crumbled bacon for a recipe, I crumble whatever is left in the bag by squeezing it with my hands. So easy (and…no grease on your hands)!
I have to cook bacon when our kids aren’t home. If they are lurking around while I cook bacon, they “happen” to wander into the kitchen when it comes out of the oven and consume the entire package immediately.
Fun Son says, “Nothing is better than bacon, except bacon wrapped in bacon.”
My two recent cooking discoveries:
- PAM called almost in a panic. She had made a dish to take to a luncheon and had added too much garlic. I was at church, helping prepare the Wednesday night meal. When she asked me what to do to combat some of that garlic flavor, I had no clue. But, I knew who would have a clue – Mr. T, our man in charge of the church kitchen (who happens to be Muscadine Margaret’s husband). He suggested adding parsley. So, PAM stirred some chopped parsley into the dish and sprinkled a little extra on top. She reported that it worked! So, now we know what to do to calm an overly garlic-happy dish.
- We boil about 22 eggs each Wednesday for the salad bar portion of our church meal. None of the crew loves peeling the eggs if the shells are sticking and difficult to peel. I read somewhere that if you add baking soda to the egg water before boiling, the peeling will come off easily. I tried it at home, and it worked beautifully. I boiled six eggs, barely covered with water, and added a teaspoon of baking soda. Each shell came off in two halves, easily and quickly! Try it for yourself next time you boil eggs – and let me know how it goes.
You may be busy getting your Christmas decorations put away. It seems too soon for that! Or, are you leaving your decorations up a while longer? I don’t blame you for enjoying them, but I’m feeling the need to get my house back to normal – so I can begin our new year fresh.
As I put away and spruce up the green needle spillage, I’ll be remembering good times we had this week and thinking about my upcoming projects. Are you mentally into the new year?
Christmas comes and goes so quickly. I thoroughly enjoy all we celebrate during Christmas, but I’m ready to move on once it’s over. Are you a live in the present person, like me?
I hope you have a merry weekend! Are you going to any after-Christmas (or pre- New Year’s) parties or functions? I hope you have a wonderful time!
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