The Best Ways to Cook Bacon Like a Pro
(In Honor of Our Bacon Socks)
While it may seem fairly simple to cook bacon, think of all those times bacon has been under or over cooked. This will give you an idea of how to cook it to the point that's just in the middle.
How to Cook Bacon Like a Pro
How to Cook Bacon on a Skillet/Frying Pan
This tried-and-true method is the obvious choice when you are cooking 5-9 slices of bacon.
Step 1. Pull out the bacon from the fridge 15 to 20 minutes before cooking. Similar to steak, at room temperature, bacon cooks up better.
Step 2. Don't preheat the skillet. Lay out the bacon strips without overlapping in a cold pan. Overlapping bacon causes certain parts to go under cooked. This also helps the fat render slowly, for consistently cooked strips. Once all strips of bacon are placed, then turn the heat on.
Step 3. Set the stove to medium hear. This is best for the fat to render slowly. Depending on what level of crispness you like, continuously turn the strips for about 7-12 minutes.
Step 4. Remove excess fat on a paper towel.
How to Cook Bacon in the Oven
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When cooking for large groups, cooking bacon in the oven is best. Otherwise, you'll be doing a lot of cooking on a skillet/frying pan. The oven keeps things simple, and ensures all the bacon comes out the same.
Step 1. Line a baking sheet with tin foil. This makes the cooking easier, and removes any need for clean up.
Step 2. Place as many bacon strips necessary on the baking sheet without overlapping.
Step 3. Similar to cooking with the skillet, place the bacon in a cold oven. Once the bacon is inside the oven, heat the oven to 350 degrees F and bake to desired crispness. This usually will take 10-20 minutes. Be sure to keep an eye on the bacon and look out for burning.
Similar to when you hear the kennels stop popping when making popcorn means the popcorn's ready, signs of burning means the bacon is ready.
Step 4. Drain on a paper towel.
How to Cook Bacon in the Microwave
While this is up for debate, bacon generally comes out best when cooked in a skillet or the oven. When bacon's cooked in the microwave, it can lack that same crispness and flavor that comes from a skillet. This is all a matter of preference though.
That being said, if you're in a rush or just don't want to wait, the microwave then is the way to go.
Step 1. Place 2 pieces of paper towel on a microwave safe plate.
Step 2. Lay out the bacon without overlapping. Overlapping tends to cause the bacon to cook unevenly. Place 2 more pieces of paper towel on top of the bacon.
Step 3. Set the microwave to 3-6 minutes depending on the desired level of crispness. The one benefit to cooking bacon in the microwave is since the strips cook on paper towels, no draining is necessary. Just enjoy!
How to Order Bacon Socks
Fortunately, ordering bacon socks is the simplest task. Simply choose the size sock you'd prefer, click the buy button, enter your info, and you're good to know.
All socks are crew and approx. mid-upper calf in height. Size M is for shoe size 3-6 and size L is shoe size 7-13.
Also, as delicious as your bacon socks will look, just be sure not to bite into them.
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