How to Bake Bacon

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Oh, Bacon!

I have such a love-hate relationship with bacon.

The Love – tasty, finger lickin’, oh-so-good

The Hate – messy, greasy, grease spattering EVERYWHERE, house reeking of bacon for days

Probably my biggest pet peeve about bacon is the mess that I get when cooking it and the constant babysitting that comes with cooking.  I have to hover close to the skillet, watching, turning.  Grease tends to spatter everywhere and is never fun to clean up.

On Easter this year I decided to add crock pot baked beans to my menu – and one of the star ingredients just so happens to be bacon.  I decided to give baking the bacon a try – in the OVEN.  Turns out, it was one of the easiest things I have ever done – and the end result was cooked bacon and absolutely no mess.

How to bake bacon:

1.  Preheat oven to 375 F.

2.  Lay uncooked bacon in a single layer on a cookie sheet.  Make sure you use a sheet with high walls (using a flat try will dump bacon grease all over your oven – messy and a fire hazard).  Line the cookie sheet with parchment paper if available (I didn’t have any).  This will help to soak up the excess grease.

3.  Bake for 15 – 20 minutes, until bacon reaches your desired consistency.

4.  Remove from oven and lay on paper towel lined plate.

5.  Bacon can be enjoyed immediately or – stored in an airtight container for 2-3 days in refrigerator – or frozen (wrap in plastic wrap, then in a plastic bag, removing as much air as possible).

I may never cook bacon on a stove top again!

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