Cooking Tip of the Day
Making bacon in the oven is a snap, with hardly any clean-up. I will never again stand there and cook bacon in a skillet on the stove.
I heard this tip several times on Food Network shows (Barefoot Contessa and Michael Chiarello’s Easy Entertaining…. to name two) …. although oven temperatures varied … and some laid the bacon on a rack in a baking pan, while others just laid the bacon on a baking pan…. the basic idea was the same. I tried it and couldn’t believe how easy it was.
Simply line a baking pan with foil and lay your bacon strips on it. (or lay them on a rack, so they won’t be in the grease)
Put it into a cold oven and set the oven on 400 degrees F. Use a full size oven only… DO NOT USE A TOASTER OVEN.
Check it after 15 minutes…. if you like your bacon crispier, then you will likely need to bake them for another 5 minutes, but keep a close eye on it, they can burn easily.
Remove the pan from the oven and immediately remove the bacon, drain on paper towels.
Let the pan cool, when cool, the bacon grease will gel and clean-up will be a snap… just throw away the foil.