Bacon is a breakfast delicacy for many but cooking it can be quite tricky. It is a form of processed meat and we all know that fat can be harmful. That is why one has to be wise when it comes to cooking bacon as too much of grease can not only be too messy to handle but also have an adverse effect on your health. Whether you like your bacon thick and chewy or prefer to go for a light and crispy one, it’s better to cook it in an oven.
Why Cook Bacon in an Oven?
There are several reasons for cooking bacon in an oven. Let’s take a look at these points.
- Unlike fried bacon, the baked one remains flat and doesn’t curl up.
- It requires less amount of oil to bake an entire pound of bacon in just a few minutes.
- In an oven, the bacon will always be consistently cooked, which is quite a task when done the old fashioned way.
- The splitter-splatter of oil can entirely be avoided when the bacon is cooked in an oven. You need not worry about intensively cleaning up skillets and oil stains splashed all across the counters and stovetops. By using an oven, you can totally avoid the ugly grease burns.
- You can also multi-task and take lesser time to cook your entire meal. For instance, when the bacon is in the oven, you can divert your attention towards making eggs at the same time.
How To Make Bacon in an Oven?
It is very easy to cook bacon in an oven. All you need to do is wrap a rimmed baking sheet with a foil. Place raw bacon slices on it and bake. But, let’s take a look at the simple step-by-step process of cooking your favorite breakfast meal to perfection.
How To Make Bacon In An Oven
- 12 slices bacon
- To get started, preheat the oven to 400° Fahrenheit.
- Use a foil to line a baking sheet. Gently place the bacon slices on the sheet, ensuring that they don't overlap as that would cause them to stick to one another.
- Should you prefer to have your bacon crispy, take a metal cooling rack and place it inside the baking sheet. However, this step is not mandatory. Some of you may not have a cooling rack or may like your bacon to be chewy. In that case, skip this part.
- Now bake for 20 minutes until the bacon is crispy and the color, golden brown. The time taken to bake the meat is entirely dependent on its thickness. It would be advisable to keep checking it every 10 minutes to ensure it doesn't get burned as some ovens can be tricky, especially if they are old.
- Once they are done, drain the grease from the bacon (if any) and serve it with eggs or an elaborate meal of your choice.
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