Can we take a second to talk about Bacon? That’s right, I’m doing a blog post strictly on bacon. Not so much types of bacon but actually the process of cooking the bacon.
Cooking your bacon in a pan on the stovetop is time consuming. You can only put so many pieces of bacon in the pan at a time and you have to wait for that batch to be done before you can add your next set of bacon strips. It’s super oily, fatty, and greasy, and when you’re done cooking the bacon, you have to figure out what to do with all the bacon grease. Not to mention it can be pretty dangerous getting splattered every now and then with bacon grease while it’s cooking! OUCH!
You guys, long gone are the days of cooking your bacon on the stovetop. I introduce to you, Baked Bacon. I’m sure some of you already bake your bacon on foil in a pan but that’s not ideal and here’s why. Your bacon is sitting directly on the foil which means it’s cooking in all the grease! You need this Williams-Sonoma Nonstick Cooling Rack and this Williams-Sonoma Nonstick Half Sheet Pan. My mom introduced me to this set last Christmas and it has forever changed the way I cook my bacon!
Lay foil on the bottom of the baking sheet and then put the cooling rack directly on top of the foil. Spray the cooling rack with nonstick cooking spray. Lay your bacon slices close together on the cooling rack.
Bake at 425° for 15-20 minutes. That’s it! Your bacon is done!
The best thing about this sheet pan is your bacon is elevated above the foil because of the cooling rack! Therefore your bacon isn’t sitting directly on the foil and cooking in all the grease! With the bacon on the cooling rack, the bacon grease drops to the foil and prevents the bacon from getting soggy in the grease. This leaves you with the most perfect crispy bacon!
Remove the bacon strips from the rack and place on a paper towel. With another paper towel, dab the bacon slices to soak up the extra grease.
Once cooled, try to wash the cooling rack as soon as possible. I normally just run it under hot water with Dawn soap and use a Dish Scrub Brush to scrub the rack. The cooling rack is harder to scrub the longer you leave it, so if you can’t clean it right away, after you have removed the foil, just place the sheet pan in the sink with some hot water, flip the cooling rack upside down, and let the rack sit inside the sheet pan in the hot water. That way when you have time it’s easier to clean because of the soaking process 🙂
Before tossing the foil in the trash from the sheet pan, let the grease cool and harden on the foil. This normally only takes about half an hour. That way all you have to do is fold up the foil and toss it! No mess! If you try and fold up the foil while the grease is still fresh and in liquid form, you have a higher risk of burning yourself or spilling the grease onto the sheet pan (which defeats the purpose of the no mess bacon because then you have to clean the sheet pan haha). So just be patient and let the grease solidify before tossing the foil! I know the photo below isn’t the prettiest (and I thought twice about posting) but I want you guys to get an honest look at how the grease should look before tossing your foil. As a side note, aren’t you glad all that extra grease is going in the trash and not soaked into your bacon?! 🙂
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