Mmm…bacon. Is there anyone who doesn’t love it? Actually, don’t answer that—I know several people who don’t care for bacon. But, they’re crazy!
Today I’m going to share a discovery I’ve just made in the past year—baking bacon. And my life has been forever changed.
Baking your bacon is super easy. You can cook the bacon evenly without having to constantly check or flip it. I LOVE doing this! Even better, the clean-up is incredibly simple! This method takes longer that cooking it in a pan, so I don’t do it this way every time, but it is perfect if I’m cooking a lot of other things at the same time or I have other things to cook/prepare while the bacon is cooking.
Are you ready? Here’s all you do:
Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.
Place your bacon on a baking sheet lined with parchment paper.
Ok, I don’t so much line the baking sheet as I just throw a piece of parchment paper on it and call it good.
Stick the baking sheet in the oven and bake for about 20 minutes. Baking times vary of course, depending on your oven and how crisp you want your bacon to be.
And that’s it!
Now, don’t do like I did the first time I this: Obviously the baking sheet had grease on it and when I took it out of the oven, I tipped the baking sheet a little and the grease ran off and into the oven. It was kind of a mess!
Normally, though, clean-up is really easy. The parchment paper keeps the grease off the pan, so I pour off the grease, toss the parchment paper, and that’s practically all that needs to be done! Sometimes the baking sheet might need a quick rinse/wipe, but it is usually pretty minor. Yay! No muss, no fuss.
Okay, one more thing: getting rid of that bacon grease! In the past I kept a little jar under the sink that I’d pour the grease in and then toss once it was full. But that was kind of gross and I didn’t love it. Then, I found this tip for disposing of bacon grease:
Pour the bacon grease into some aluminum foil, wait for it to cool, and then toss it in the trash!
I like to speed the process along by lining a bowl with some foil, pouring the grease in, and sticking it in the freezer for a bit.
Once it is no longer in liquid form, I wrap up the foil, throw it in the garbage can, and forget about it! Every now and then if I know I’m going to need some for a recipe, I’ll wrap it up and keep it in the freezer until I need it.
And that’s two bacon tips in one day! I hope you like these ideas as much as I have—I use these methods constantly!
Have a great day and happy baking!