There is just something about bacon that everybody love. There’s never a wrong time to eat bacon and its sublime savory taste makes everything taste better. Some even consider it’s a way of life! If you already are a bacon lover maybe there’s not much left to teach you, but for newbies and everybody in between—including me—these proven tips will be more than useful to enjoy the perfect slice:
1. Freeze your bacon
Sound odd but bacon is much easier to chop when it’s cold. Keep a stash in your freezer for weeknight meals (keep slices your use for breakfast in the refrigerator) then just slice and dice straight from the freezer with a good chopping board and a robust knife. If you have to separate the strips, microwave on defrost mode just until you can pull them apart. However, let bacon strips at room temperature before cooking, and avoid cooking in a very hot pan, this increases the risk of burning.
2. Put a little water in the frying pan
This weird tip is actually a technique promoted by America’s Test Kitchen (see video here). When cooking bacon on the stove, add water to the skillet. The water renders the fat, thus reducing splattering. But more importantly, this smart technique produces a browned and crisp-edged yet tender slice when all the water has evaporated.
3. Roast bacon instead of frying
Professional cooks don’t waste time using a skillet for large volumes of bacon in restaurants and hotels. Instead, they roast it on large baking sheets. Purists use this method: Roast the bacon gently and evenly in you oven at 375°F (190°F), rotating the baking sheet halfway through cooking, for about 15 minutes. Don’t overcrowd the baking pan. The result is be a deliciously crispy, perfectly flat bacon slice.
4. Use your microwave
This cooking method is for those who want their bacon very fast, with a minimum of washing up. You need to stack up bacon slices and paper towel onto a plate and cook for 4-6 minutes, depending on the power of your microwave. The paper towels will soak up all the bacon grease that would normally be released into the pan so that it doesn’t end up all over the microwave walls.