Friday, September 20, 2013

How to Bake Bacon

BLT 1I stumbled across a revolutionary idea... baking bacon!

Don't you hate having the grease splatter at you as you make the bacon on a griddle or in a frying pan?  And then there's the nasty mess to clean up afterwards.

The hassle and mess has been enough of a headache to keep me from making bacon, except on rare occasions, for years now.

So here is the super simple solution... bake it in the oven!

Simply line a large lipped pan, like an 11X15, with aluminum foil.  Preheat the oven to 350 degrees.  Lay the strips of bacon as close as you can to each other (to fit them on the pan) without overlapping them, and into the oven they go.

Baking times with vary on how thick the slices are, and how crispy you like your bacon.  For thinner strips I do 15 minutes, then flip them and cook them for 10-15 more minutes.  For thicker slices try 15-20 minutes then flip them and then cook for another 15-20 minutes.

Make sure you get the bacon out before it starts to burn!  Burnt meat has gone through a change that has left it carcinogenic, or cancer causing.  Don't eat it!

If you'd like to save the bacon grease, to add flavor to other dishes, simply drain it off the corner of the pan and into a glass jar, then refrigerate.

So why should we eat bacon?  Well first I'd like to say that without issue the quality, as with all meat, is of utmost importance.  I like Applegate farms bacon and lunch meat which uses only natural ingredients and processing, and it's commonly sold in many stores.  Meat straight from a trusted farmer is even better if you have that option.

Back to why we should eat bacon...

"From bacon, we receive: 65% of our Recommended Daily Intake of Thiamin (Vitamin B1) as well as 47% of our Niacin (Vitamin B3), 38% of our Vitamin B12, 36% of our Zinc, 24% of our Vitamin B6, 22% of our Riboflavin (Vitamin B2), 22% of our Phosphorus, 10% of our Pantothenate, 10% of our Magnesium, 9% of our Iron and the Protein to fat balance in bacon is actually 4 to 1, which is one of the highest protein to fat balances found in any meat, fish or fowl found on Earth." (source)

For more information on how ocassional bacon eating can help you feel happier, and be more intelligent, check out this great article from Bacon Today.

Happy eating!  

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