My family loves bacon. We don’t eat too much of it, but there are times where a package just happens to fall into my cart at the store.
My favorite way to eat bacon is on a BLT sandwich with the tomato fresh from my garden. Cooking bacon in the oven is a simple way to cook a whole package at once and you won’t have grease splattered all over your kitchen.
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
1. Preheat oven to 400 degrees.
2. Place a baking rack in a rimmed baking sheet. In the past, I have also used the 2-piece broiling pan that came with my oven, but a whole package of bacon doesn’t fit on 1 broiling pan, so I’ve made two batches.
3. Place bacon on the baking rack. One regular sized package should fit on two pans. You don’t have to bake it all at once, but it will save time and I’ll discuss freezing the bacon below.
4. Bake in the oven for 22 minutes or until desired crispiness. If using 2 trays, switch the trays positions at about 10 minutes. Be very careful when removing trays from the oven, they are filled with bacon grease.
How to Dispose of Bacon Grease
My grandmother always used the bacon grease to fry eggs in the morning. However, I don’t care to do that, so I must dispose of the grease; the only downfall of cooking bacon. While the oven method reduces the splattering all over the kitchen, it still produces a lot of bacon grease that is now in the tray.
To dispose of: DO NOT POUR THE BACON GREASE DOWN THE DRAIN!
Instead, pour the grease into an empty tin can. Allow the grease to harden and place the tin can in the garbage.
How to Freeze Cooked Bacon
Once the bacon has cooled, place the cooked bacon on a (clean) baking sheet. Place the baking sheet in the freezer for about 30 minutes. Transfer the bacon to a freezer bag. Flash freezing should prevent the bacon from sticking together in the freezer and you can now remove pieces as you need it.
To reheat, simply place the slices in a microwave for 5-10 seconds.
How do you cook bacon? Let us know in the comments.