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How To: Cooking Bacon in the Oven

How To: Cooking Bacon in the Oven

Oh bacon….

My entire family loves bacon. In fact, one of my husbands uncles once told us a story about bacon. You see, they only eat bacon on special occasions. (holiday’s, birthdays, etc…) So one day, he told his kids that they were having a special treat for breakfast! They were not only going to have bacon, but bacon WRAPPED bacon. That’s right! Two layers of bacon goodness!

For some reason I thought of that story this morning as I was getting things together for Dax’s first meal of the day. So I asked him, ‘Would you like bacon and eggs for breakfast?’

His reply?

‘Mom, I just want bacon. Like a bacon sandwich!’

Huh. While I maybe wasn’t too thrilled about him only eating bacon, I didn’t mind him having a piece or two to go with his eggs and yogurt.

But lets talk about cooking bacon for a second. Raise your hand if you hate cooking the stuff!?! I can’t tell you how many times I’ve been popped, or burned by bacon as it’s frying on the stove! Plus, I can NEVER get it to cook even! What the heck!? SO, a few months ago I found this awesome tutorial on using your oven to cook your bacon. Genius!

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How to: Cooking Bacon in the Oven

After much trial and error, we’ve decided that this is the easiest method:

– Line a large cookie sheet with foil. (this is going to save you hours of clean up!)

– Place your bacon on your baking sheet, making sure not to overlap the pieces. Place in a cold, un-preheated, oven. Set to 400 degrees, and walk away.

– Check your bacon about 15 minutes later. It normally takes about 15-20 minutes, depending on your oven, for the bacon to reach the doneness you’re looking for.

– Remove from the oven and place on a plate lined with paper towels.

Personally, I love that the entire piece of bacon cooks evenly. That’s the problem I have with our stove top. I seriously need to invest in an electric skillet! Maybe I’ll start dropping Christmas hints to my husband early. :0)