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April 17, 2015

Cooking Tips: Bacon hacks

Bacon is a powerful food. The way it crackles sticks in our memories, while its health effects spark the ire of doctors against baseball teams. 

Despite bacon's magical powers, it requires practicality to be enjoyed properly. If you're making it at home, but aren't the most adept in the kitchen, here's several easy tips to make preparing it a breeze. 


If you've ever tried getting bacon strips out of the packaging, you know they often stretch and tear, leaving you without the ideal slice of meat. All you need to do in order to prevent this from happening is lay the package down flat and roll it parallel with the strips up in to a tube shape. Then, when you open the package, they separate easily. 


Cooking bacon on a stove top or a skillet leaves you with quite a mess, specifically all that grease. To avoid a lengthy cleanup, and still getting a crispy result, try baking it. Cover a cooking sheet with tin foil, and preheat your oven to 400 degrees. Let it cook for 20 minutes, and your bacon is ready for consumption. 


If you are going to cook it on the griddle, you don't have to waste the grease that's left behind. Bacon grease can be reused to flavor a variety of dishes, and can even be used to treat small cuts and start a campfire. Preserving it is easy, all you need is a mason jar with a lid and a coffee filter.


Make bets with your dumber friends, and when they lose force them to drink leftover bacon grease. This tip isn't the most practical, but it is hilarious.