I Bake My Bacon In The Oven

Bacon

My favorite food!

Yes, I bake my bacon in the oven! One of my favorite foods is bacon. That is one of the main reasons I embraced changing my diet to low carbs. Dr. Atkins mentions bacon often. I used to hate the top of my stove getting splatter with bacon grease, but soon I found another way of cooking it that can out much better than frying. Baking it! Yes, it works great. Here is a previous post I wrote about it, Cooking Bacon Fast and Easy. Back then I was still baking it in the oven but using aluminum foil on the pan. It worked very well. Now I have switched from using aluminum anything if I can. I had to research and see what was available. Dr. Mercola, who I have a lot of respect for, having a couple of his books, wrote this article, Is It Safe To Cook With Aluminum Foil. It made me reconsider using it. On to my research.

 

silicone baking mat

I tried a silicone baking mat.

I asked my friends on Facebook and some of them recommended the silicone baking mats. I tried this one and absolutely hated it! I could never get it clean once I cooked bacon in it. The grease is hard to wash off anything so I am not faulting the mat itself. It would work for other foods, but I wanted something for bacon. I save my grease and it was easy to pour it off this mat but it still stayed greasy even with lots of soap, hot water, vinegar and baking soda. Nothing would clean it. Into the trash it went. Next……….

 

Parchment Baking Paper

I discovered parchment paper!

I learn a lot from the reviews on Amazon. Even though some are fake or written by trolls, there are some good discussions on the reviews themselves. It brought me to Parchment Baking Paper and I ordered a roll to test it out. Needless to say, I buy it regularly all the time. I love it for anything I put in the oven. Remember the old days when you’d cut a piece of wax paper and flour it to put under  your cake so it would lift out perfectly? The parchment paper reminds me of that. I even reuse pieces if they are not too dirty, because many times the paper is perfectly clean. I even use it under chicken or just about anything I bake in the oven. The grease will flow right off into your grease can and if you are careful not to tear the paper when taking whatever off it, your pan will still be clean. I love that the most about it.

 

Raw Bacon on Parchment Paper

Raw Bacon on Parchment Paper

One of the things I love about cooking the bacon in the oven is that it comes out big and flat. Just the way I like it. I guess my husband likes it that way too. If you have a freezer, you could cook the whole package this way and freeze it for other meals. Then it would be a quick addition to whatever you are cooking. A BLT salad or wrap. Or a last minute idea and you don’t want to wait to cook up some. Bacon always adds flavor to whatever you add it to. Plus if you are on a Ketogenic or Atkins food plans, bacon is a great between the meal snack.

Bacon Cooking

Bacon Cooking

As you can see the grease stays in the pan and makes for an easy clean up. Just remember to be careful removing the bacon or turning it not to tear the parchment paper. If you do, it will spill into the inside of the pan and you will have to clean it up. Not a fun job! For a long time I did not make bacon due to hating that job. This way it is much easier and comes out so much better. Try it and see. Nice big flat pieces!

 

Bacon All Done

Bacon All Done

 

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Cooking Bacon Fast and Easy

Bacon and Eggs

Low carb breakfast

I LOVE bacon! I used to be afraid to tell anyone that because it had such a bad reputation. It seems as if, like eggs, it has redeemed itself. Now bacon is the “in” food to eat! Probably because there are so many recent new diets, that are low carbs and high fat. We know that the fat satisfies you, so you are not hungry. The “good” fats are good for you too. Bacon is one of those fats. If I eat eggs with no meat, I am hungry all day. If I eat bacon and eggs, I am good till supper time. 

Raw Bacon

Cooking bacon makes such a mess!

I cook mainly with cast iron skillets. Especially breakfast. Frying bacon is SO messy and splatters all over the stove and surrounding area. The bacon never comes out flat and big. Curls up. I like mine straight, flat and big. I hate restaurants that microwave it. I can tell the difference……..little puny slices that are barely cooked. I just had breakfast at a diner yesterday and that is what it was like. I knew it was zapped in the microwave (which is the worst thing you can use to cook if you want to eat nutritional food anyway, but that is a whole different blog post). Ugh! 

Bacon In Oven

Bacon In Oven

I found online in a few different blogs, and on Pinterest too, a different method to cook bacon. I have been cooking it like this since 2010, when I first found this recipe. We love it this way. Much quicker and it comes out perfectly! I stopped frying it in the cast iron skillet and use a cookie sheet instead. Wrap aluminum foil over top of the cookie sheet, and put the raw bacon neatly across it. Try not to let them touch or they will stick together. If that happens, you can separate them easily after they have cooled a bit. 

Half Done Bacon in oven

Half way done!

Put the pan of bacon in the cold oven. My oven tends to run hot, so I set the oven at 350 degrees. Once I hear the bacon sizzling, I turn it down to 325. This bacon was really good, the thick kind. If you are using the thin kind, watch it closely. I usually buy the thick kind, but thin will work too. It just cooks faster. Be careful turning it over as it splatters and may burn you. I know, I have been splatter, and it is not fun. 

Bacon

All done!

I let the bacon cook about 20 minutes or so. Then I turn the slices over. Watch it extra close now, since once they are turned over they will cook super fast! Don’t overcook or burn it because you are not paying attention (easy to do! I know.). What is nice about this method is that if someone likes their bacon extra crisp, you can just leave their pieces in a bit longer than the rest.  

Bacon and Eggs

Bacon and eggs is a good low carb breakfast!

Since I am particular about my bacon, it is best when I cook it myself. Nice straight pieces every time! I only cook my bacon this way now.

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