“Every woman should have a blow torch.” Julia Child
I recently came across a recipe to make bacon in the over. This recipe can make a whole 12 ounces of bacon in about 15 to 20 minutes without creating a dirty pan.
About the 12 ounce bit. Food manufacturers, at times, raise prices by making food packages smaller. Remember when we used to purchase bacon by the pound?
Which prompts me to insert a way to test a husband’s intelligence. Simply send him to the store to pick up a pound of bacon. Stress to him that it’s important to buy a full pound for a special recipe. Not the first lie you’ve uttered in your relationship. If he’s smart as a whip, he might think to go to the butcher counter and purchase a full pound instead of languishing in the pre-packaged bacon aisle. If he’s bright enough to do that, you’ve got a keeper. Also, a pound of bacon. But I digress.
To make this trouble free bacon you’ll need a baking pan and heavy duty foil or a couple of layers of regular foil. I have regular foil in the house so I use that. Line the baking sheet with the foil, leaving extra along the edges that you can stand up to make a collar around the perimeter of the pan.
Preheat the oven to 390 degrees. Or you can do 385 or 400. Don’t you love choices? Next, you’ve got to place the bacon strips onto the foil, one right next to the other as if they were very good friends. Don’t overlap them as if there were something more than friendship going on. My pan holds an entire 12 ounces of bacon. I use the Oscar Meyer center cut bacon because my friend, Margie, said I should. What are friends for?
Slip the pan into the oven and set the timer for 5 minutes. After five minutes turn the pan. Set the timer once more for 5 minutes, rinse, repeat. Whoops. Forget the rinse part. Do this a couple times until the bacon has spent between 15 and 20 minutes in the oven. You’ll be able to tell when it’s done, unless my grandmother taught you how to cook.
After you remove the bacon to a paper towel-lined plate, allow the grease drippings to cool slightly. Then gently fold the foil, keeping the drippings contained. You’ll find that your pan is completely clean. You can just put it back into its proper place.
Test the bacon throughout the day to make sure it melts in your mouth. Or place it into a container and use judiciously. That means whenever you feel the need for bacon. It’s my blog, so I can write whatever I want.
Loveya – The Grandma
Artist, African hand drum student, yoga neophyte, and Grandmother of 22 or so grandchildren. I enjoy cooking and writing. I value good friends and quiet times for reading.