Tuesday, February 21, 2012

How to Make Bacon in the Oven

By Diana Hsieh

I make bacon on a regular basis, and I always make it in the oven in a glass pan. That's the easiest, tastiest, and cleanest way I've found to to make a large batch of perfect bacon.

First, lay the strips neatly in a large glass pan.


The larger the pan the better! If the slices don't all fit, I will overlap them, one exactly on top of another, then adjust them when I flip them. They shrink while cooking, so you'll end up with more room.

Cook at 400F for 20 minutes -- perhaps a bit less if you pre-heated the oven.


Flip over each slice, and re-adjust the placement as needed.


Cook for another 10 minutes. You might need a few more minutes after that -- it depends on how crispy you like your bacon.


Save the grease for later cooking. Once the pan is cool, let the dog(s) lick the glass pan. (If you are missing the dog, adopt one!)

You can cook bacon at a lower temperature with more time too, but I don't have the timing worked out for that. You can also use cookie sheets lined with tin foil in the oven too. That makes it harder for the doggies to enjoy, however. And the bacon doesn't seem to cook quite as nicely as it does in a glass pan. I've seen some people recommend using a rack in a pan. I've never tried that, but it seems like more trouble.

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