Don’t deny it. You love Bacon. I know, that salty almost sweet meaty umame-y treat calls out to even the best of us. What NOBODY loves is cleaning up splattered bacon grease and a pan coated in the stuff on your stove top. While some clean up is inevitable, baking bacon saves a LOT of it and also leaves you with evenly crisp strips that are a lot less curled up and mangly looking than what you get in a pan. And it’s easier than you think!
Bacon, meet Parchment paper lined pan. You may have noticed that this pan is not pretty. It’s actually PRETTY messed up looking. I’d advise you to pick out your most messed up looking pan for this, because while we minimize the mess, grease is still going to get on it.
Try to lay out the strips as close to each other as possible on the parchment paper, they will shrink a bit so closer is better especially if you are trying to cook a lot of it, because they take up a lot of room regardless.
Put them in the oven, preheated to 350 and just let them cook. It takes me about 30-45 minutes to get them nice and brown but you may want to experiment with this. I know everybody has a different idea of what ‘done’ is with bacon and mine might not be the same as yours.
Bacon grease is one of the most underappreciated foods out there. It’s amazing, you can use it in a pan instead of oil in many cases, and there are actually quite a few recipes out there that call for it. I like to save mine and refrigerate it for up to a week or so, and use it for anything from frying eggs for breakfast to adding a little umame to any meat dish that requires prebrowning. Including pasta sauce when I have it on hand!
Mason jars are perfect for this. You want to wait until it cools off to put it in the fridge, and definitely put a lid on it. I save Parmesan cheese lids when we finish them because they fit on mason jars, they’re great for pouring out of and just for all purpose lids if you don’t have any on hand or don’t want to buy them!
That right there is liquid gold.
And crispy delicious bacon is ours! What will you use your bacon for? A personal favorite of mine is good old fashioned BLTs, or biscuit sandwiches with egg YUMMY!