Thursday, October 13, 2011

All About Bacon

Who doesn't love bacon? I grew up in a family where we would have bacon 5 times a week. Before school my grandmother would make me bacon and eggs almost everyday. I love it. But as you know, not all bacon is created equal. There is nothing worse then to get your breakfast and have limp, under cooked bacon. And there is nothing better than getting a perfectly cooked crispy piece. It can really make or break your breakfast.  

Here are some tips if you have trouble getting perfectly cooked bacon at home. 

Do not add oil or butter to the skillet. The bacon will produce grease as it cooks.  

Start by placing the bacon in a skillet, turning heat on to medium.

Cook for about 5 minutes or until the bacon begins to brown, then flip.

I added freshly cracked pepper to give it a kick. You should try it, it's amazing!
When the bacon is evenly brown and develops bubbles on top, it's done. (Remember that it will continue to cook a little bit after it's taken off the heat).

Place on paper towel to absorb excess grease.

Here is example of under cooked, perfectly cooked, and over cooked bacon.

The over cooked bacon is on top,  perfectly cooked in the middle and under cooked on the  bottom. 
Disposing the grease: The best way to dispose of the grease is to wait until it cools down a bit and pour into an empty can. You can then wait for it to solidify and throw it away. If you don't have an empty can laying around you can also turn on your hot water, turn on the garbage disposal and dump the grease down your kitchen sink. 

If you ever experience a grease fire DO NOT throw water it it. This will make it worse. The best thing you can do is dump flour or baking soda on it.

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