March 7, 2020

Cleanest way to cook bacon

By Ange's Table

Who does the cleaning in your house?  There are 3 of us in our family.  My husband, myself, and our college aged son.  So we share the chores here.

After I developed my allergies in 2012, I spent all of my free time in the kitchen experimenting.  All of the options we can find today in the stores were not available then.  If I asked for Oat milk at Starbucks back then, they would have laughed me out of the store.  It was hard enough to find honey as a sweetener choice.  The only “other milk” option was soy.  Ummm, no good here.  

Household cleaning and chores HAD to take a back seat in my life at that time.  My son was old enough to do some things.  But really, how well does an 11 year old boy wash dishes?  Or vacuum without being yelled at 417 times to pick the shoes up off the floor, not push them with the vacuum.  My husband is fantastic, and did everything with me to help lessen my work load.  But it became too much.  We decided it was time to get a cleaning person.  She comes in once every 3 weeks to do the more extensive deep cleaning. Our cleaning lady is the best.  I will literally walk into a room, and see her on her hands and knees scrubbing the corner of the wall by hand.  Thank! You!  

But we need to live in the real world here.  So that meant I had to come up with ways to keep my kitchen as clean as possible, so that I did not get overwhelmed with cooking AND cleaning again. I thought, how can I cook and keep everything in one, smaller, contained space?  Ding ding, the OVEN!  I do all sorts of “saute’d” vegetables, or “fried” chicken in the oven.  Why not try bacon.  LIFE CHANGER!

Lay your bacon on a tray, cook, flip, cook, done.  No splatter.  No mess.  Life is great.  

Lay your bacon on a rimmed cookie sheet
Flip bacon slices half way through cooking
Save your bacon fat in a jar for later use

Cleanest Bacon

Preheat your oven to 375’F.

Lay your bacon in a single layer on a rimmed cookie sheet.

Bake 12 minutes.  Flip bacon, rotate pan 180′.

Bake additional 6-10 minutes until cooked to preferred crispiness. 

Remove bacon from pan.  Carefully pour bacon fat into heat safe jar.  Once cooled, store in refrigerator.  

Do you have a jar of bacon fat in your fridge too?  What do you cook in bacon fat? 

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