Bacon is a type of pork cut taken from the back or the sides of a pig. It may be salted, dried, or smoked. It is usually sliced into thin strips and then fried to a crisp.
Most modern bacon packs are equipped with flaps that allow you to take a peek at the contents, so always check the meat-to-fat ratio when buying. Otherwise, you might end up with bacon that is all fat and no meat.
Bacon should be stored in an airtight package and kept in the freezer. Bacon stored in the freezer can last up to a month.
One good way to extend bacon’s freezer life is to cook it before storage.
Cooking Bacon (With a Frying Pan)
Step 1. If you’re using frozen bacon, chances are, the strips are all frozen together. Thaw the bacon before separating them. After thawing, take a small knife and use it to pry the strips apart.
Step 2. Place the bacon on a frying pan and turn on the burner at medium heat. Do not pre-heat the pan. Pre-heating will make your bacon curl up while cooking.
Step 3. Let the bacon cook in its own fat. Keep a close eye on the bacon strips. Turn them over as often as possible as they can burn rather quickly.
Remove any excess fat from the pan to prevent your bacon from turning soggy.
If the bacon starts foaming up at the sides, that means that the bacon is done.
Step 4. Place the bacon strips on a plate with paper towels to absorb the excess grease and then serve.
- Pour the bacon fat through a sieve and into a jar. Bacon fat is flavorful and makes a great substitute for cooking oil.
Cooking Bacon (With a Microwave Oven)
Step 1. Place 4 strips of bacon between several layers of paper towels.
Step 2. Place the paper towel and bacon “sandwich” over a microwaveable dish.
Step 3. Cook for 3 minutes on the highest setting.
Step 4. Press down on the paper towel gently to absorb the excess grease.
Step 5. Set the bacon aside for 1 minute and allow it to cool.
Step 6. Remove and throw away the paper towels and enjoy.
- Remove the paper towels immediately. Otherwise, they will stick to the bacon.
- If the bacon is tough to chew, you will need to cook it some more.