I love bacon. If you don’t I’m not sure we can be friends. (Just kidding but it would really help if you love bacon too.) Lately I’ve been frying up a bunch of it to use in some of our favorite recipes.
Over the years I’ve tried cooking bacon several ways… in the microwave, frying it but starting with water in the pan, even baking it in the oven. All have their pros and cons.
What I’ve found is that my favorite way to cook up a pound of bacon is in a large cast iron skillet. Through trial and error I’ve come up with some simple tips that have taken my bacon cooking up a notch.
- Preheat your skillet – Not only does this produce better results but you get the satisfying sizzle when you add your bacon to the pan.
- Don’t crowd the pan – I used to put an entire pound of bacon in a cold skillet to cook. The result was bacon that ended up odd shaped and unevenly cooked.
- Cut your bacon in half – This tip I came up with to cut down on pan overcrowding. With smaller slices I can actually fit more bacon in the pan at the same time. As it cooks down and shrinks there is room to add another half slice or two. In my experience I can cook more bacon faster in half slices. Plus, the finished product is the perfect size to add to a BLT or put in a regular sized sandwich bag to use in recipes later.
- Save the grease – Don’t throw it out or run it down the drain. We save ours in a glass custard cup with a plastic lid. It keeps for awhile in the refrigerator and is ready whenever I want to add a little bacon flavor to a recipe… like adding a little to a white sauce, frying some chicken breast in it, or using it to pop popcorn on the stove.
What’s your best bacon tip?