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Old 03-03-2012, 07:30 AM   #31
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I vote for microwave cooking! I always do mine in the microwave and it comes out perfectly flat and crispy. You can do the plate/papertowel method but I have a microwave safe bacon rack that I use and love. I cover with a papertowel and aim for 1 minute per slice. Voila! Perfect no-fuss bacon. And with the bacon rack you can drain off and save the grease.
I will consider it. It seems like it would take a lot of paper towels? When I cook bacon I cook a whole pack. (Cut them into 3rds first.)

I'll try it. Thanks!
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:36 AM   #32
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I will consider it. It seems like it would take a lot of paper towels? When I cook bacon I cook a whole pack. (Cut them into 3rds first.)

I'll try it. Thanks!
I just use one paper towel on top - it covers the whole rack. you can re-use the paper towel for the next batch usually. I can get 6 slices at a time to fit on the rack.

Here's the rack I have:

Nordic Ware 10 Inch by 8 Inch Microwave Compact Bacon Rack:...Nordic Ware 10 Inch by 8 Inch Microwave Compact Bacon Rack:...
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Old 03-03-2012, 08:57 AM   #33
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I just use one paper towel on top - it covers the whole rack. you can re-use the paper towel for the next batch usually. I can get 6 slices at a time to fit on the rack.

Here's the rack I have:

Nordic Ware 10 Inch by 8 Inch Microwave Compact Bacon Rack: Amazon.com: Kitchen & Dining
Thanks!

So they're not burnt on one end and raw on the other? (My microwave doesn't rotate.)

I'm afraid of getting grease splattered on the top of my microwave because it's almost impossible to clean. (It's a wierd under-the-counter 'drawer microwave' so you cannot easily reach the inside top.) It's like this: Dacor MMD24B 24" Microwaves Black (ours has a window -- there's a picture of it with the door open)
so the drawer comes out enough for you to put stuff in and take it out, but it doesn't come ALL the way out. So you have to stand on your head (literally, with your head inside the drawer, looking up) to see the inside top, so I'm neurotic about covering our food and not getting splatters in there. (It came with the house. We didn't pick it out. It's cool and all because the drawer slides out on its own with a button, but it's hard to clean if something explodes in there because the drawer doesn't come all the way out.)
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I think you're simply cooking it too long, Donna. I do thick-sliced at 400* for 18 to 20 minutes. You do have to watch it because different batches cook at different rates, and the second batch always takes me less time (I do 4 pounds at a time, which is 4 pans of bacon, 2 per session) because the oven and the pans are already really well heated up from the first batch.

You can cook it to ANY degree of doneness you like in the oven.
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Old 03-03-2012, 10:26 AM   #35
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Thanks!

So they're not burnt on one end and raw on the other? (My microwave doesn't rotate.)

I'm afraid of getting grease splattered on the top of my microwave because it's almost impossible to clean.
Wow, I would be afraid of splatters too! The paper towel usually catches most of the splatters, but you could use 2 and wrap them around and tuck them under the bottom of the rack just in case.

My previous microwave did not rotate either and I used this rack with no problem. In fact, you could probably use a bigger rack because it wouldn't hit the corners as it turned. you might peek under the towel and turn as needed halfway through but it should do okay.

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Old 03-03-2012, 11:07 AM   #36
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I think you're simply cooking it too long, Donna. I do thick-sliced at 400* for 18 to 20 minutes. You do have to watch it because different batches cook at different rates, and the second batch always takes me less time (I do 4 pounds at a time, which is 4 pans of bacon, 2 per session) because the oven and the pans are already really well heated up from the first batch.

You can cook it to ANY degree of doneness you like in the oven.
I was cooking it at a lower heat, sometimes 350, sometimes 375.

Today I cooked it at 400 degrees for 30 minutes. I turn the oven on and arrange the bacon on the stone and put it in. (I put the pan in once I've got my bacon arranged on it, regardless of what temp it is, so it's not all the way to 400 when I put it in) and they turned out good today. (Maybe 350 degrees was too low. Sometimes it would take 45 minutes to bake and I'd have to keep watching it. )

There was an area that were really crispy, there were some that I considered under-done, but I didn't feel like taking some pieces out and putting some back in, so I just took the whole pan out and called it done. Turns out, my husband loved them!

When I cook two packs of bacon I just stack my racks and use two cooking stones. One of the pans is always ready before the other, but it works. (I got a second baking stone especially for this. One pack isn't reallyenough for four people, expecially when the boys have friends over.)

When I told my dh this morning that I'd no longer be frying bacon, that he'd be getting baked bacon he said, "Boo!" I told him, "Tough. Fry it yourself." Turns out he loved today's batch of baked bacon, so all is well.
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Old 03-03-2012, 11:12 AM   #37
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Wow, I would be afraid of splatters too! The paper towel usually catches most of the splatters, but you could use 2 and wrap them around and tuck them under the bottom of the rack just in case.

My previous microwave did not rotate either and I used this rack with no problem. In fact, you could probably use a bigger rack because it wouldn't hit the corners as it turned. you might peek under the towel and turn as needed halfway through but it should do okay.

HTH!
I will try this when I only want to cook a few pieces. It will make my youngest son happy because he always wants bacon and I don't want to do a big batch all the time. Thanks!
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I cook bacon on the stove in a pan, but don't cover it. To avoid the pops, try turning the temp down. I cook mine on medium and turn frequently.
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The George Forman is the only way to go.

If I do a package in the oven I end up eating it all
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I will consider it. It seems like it would take a lot of paper towels? When I cook bacon I cook a whole pack. (Cut them into 3rds first.)

I'll try it. Thanks!
When I do bacon in the microwave, I usually cover it with at least 3-4 paper towels for a package of bacon and I sometimes need to add a fresh one or two on top of the soaked towels for the last couple of batches. One paper towel would never do the trick unless you've got super thick paper towels perhaps. I buy the cheap stuff.

Today I finally got around to making bacon in the oven. Oh my gosh, it comes out so much better than microwaved bacon and there was no cleanup at all (I hate scrubbing my microwave bacon cooker). I put the bacon right on the foil with no rack and it came out perfect. Baking it gives it a melt-in-your-mouth texture almost like it was deep fried, which it was, sort of, because it baked in it's own fat. My husband went nuts over it.

Click here for some oven-baked bacon food porn.

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When I do bacon in the microwave, I usually cover it with at least 3-4 paper towels for a package of bacon and I sometimes need to add a fresh one or two on top of the soaked towels for the last couple of batches. One paper towel would never do the trick unless you've got super thick paper towels perhaps. I buy the cheap stuff.

Today I finally got around to making bacon in the oven. Oh my gosh, it comes out so much better than microwaved bacon and there was no cleanup at all (I hate scrubbing my microwave bacon cooker). I put the bacon right on the foil with no rack and it came out perfect. Baking it gives it a melt-in-your-mouth texture almost like it was deep fried, which it was, sort of, because it baked in it's own fat. My husband went nuts over it.

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When I do bacon in the microwave, I usually cover it with at least 3-4 paper towels for a package of bacon and I sometimes need to add a fresh one or two on top of the soaked towels for the last couple of batches. One paper towel would never do the trick unless you've got super thick paper towels perhaps. I buy the cheap stuff.

Today I finally got around to making bacon in the oven. Oh my gosh, it comes out so much better than microwaved bacon and there was no cleanup at all (I hate scrubbing my microwave bacon cooker). I put the bacon right on the foil with no rack and it came out perfect. Baking it gives it a melt-in-your-mouth texture almost like it was deep fried, which it was, sort of, because it baked in it's own fat. My husband went nuts over it.

Click here for some oven-baked bacon food porn.
I did for the first time a couple of weeks ago. Oh my gosh, no clean up to speak of, toss the foil, pan is clean, put the grease in an old yogurt cup to freeze then dumped that into a baggie. I had to keep myself from eating the whole pound!!! so put what was left into the freezer.
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