The recipe called for a whole pack of bacon and, I don't know about you, but normally making bacon can be a difficult, greasy, skin burning from the grease kind of job. But, behold I have found a cure-all for these bacon problems! I actually pinned it a while ago from Martha Stewart, but found it again on another blog - http://theimprovkitchen.blogspot.com/2012/08/tip-how-to-cook-bacon-easy-way.html - and decided to go with that one instead...I thought they did a better job of explaining it all. Seriously, it wasn't that complicated, but I just appreciated their writing more, I guess.
Anyway, I didn't follow the recipe precisely...the directions say to put the cold bacon in the oven before it's pre-heated and turn it up to 400 degrees. I read another's review and they recommended setting the oven temp at 375 instead of 400 because the lower and slower the more fat renders out. So, I went that route. One other thing the directions mentioned was to have the bacon "with a little breathing room between each strip." I majorly failed on that front, but my bacon still seemed to turn out alright!
|Please forgive the fuzziness of the picture. I was in a hurry, apparently.|
I took the bacon out after 20 minutes and realized that the other side really wasn't as cooked as I would like, so I put it back in for another 10 minutes and it was perfect. Now, for my sister, who loves extra crispy bacon, I'd probably try doing the 400 degree method as it would probably be a little more crispy and not quite so...saggy? But, this was just right for what I wanted.
No spills, no grease splatters and all the bacon done at the same time = delicious perfection!!
I had a friend on Pinterest recommend putting a cooling rack on the cookie sheet and then putting the bacon on that so the grease drips off. I think this is a magnificent idea and I'd highly recommend it as he already does this and says it works wonderfully. Unfortunately, I didn't have a cooling rack without rubber on it so I couldn't try that method. But, I hope to in the future and you should too! Oh dear...more reasons to eat bacon... like I needed that... ... ...