These days, bacon is everywhere. Don’t get us wrong, we’re okay with that...very okay with that. But here’s the thing. Bacon is nearly omnipresent, and for the wrong reasons. It shows up as internet memes, on T-shirts, as Christmas tree ornaments. There’s a very real risk that we’re reaching a point where bacon is meant to be enjoyed ironically, and treated like a food accessory.
That’s a shame because bacon stands apart from other meats. Vegetarians can walk away from a cheeseburger without breaking a sweat, but they find that their thoughts still turn towards bacon. Even vegans, the people who are considered to be the Spartans of the dietary world, need to focus a little bit of extra willpower when they smell that unique aroma which mingles salt and smoke. Bacon tastes so good that, for years, dieticians would swear up and down that bacon must be bad for you. Even for those switching to the Paleo diet confess that they’re a little stymied initially, and they say, “Really? I can eat bacon daily?”
But if you’re going to enjoy bacon, you need to enjoy it properly. Today, we’re going to talk about achieving the Olympian heights of taste and cooking the perfect rasher of bacon. First thing, quality is everything. You can go with a cheap supermarket brand, but you’ll have to contend with unnatural chemicals intermingling with your bacony goodness. Our artisan bacon is uncured, meaning that instead of using synthetic sodium nitrate as a chemical, we go natural. We use salt and celery juice as a preservative, which provides us with bacon that’s healthier and more wholesome, and that has a completely natural taste.
So now that you have the best possible kind of bacon, what’s the best possible way to cook it. We’re not fans of frying it up on the stovetop since we end up with enough leftover oil spilled to put the Exxon Valdez to shame. Plus, we don’t like risking third-degree burns due to popping oil when we’re flipping the strips over. However, we still want bacon that’s hot and crispy, which is why we opt to cook it in the oven. This frees up space on the stovetop to deal with cooking other parts of breakfast, and we have strips that are all evenly cooked. It’s easy, and you’ll swear by it, we swear.
- You’ll need 1 package of bacon, 1-2 baking sheets, and foil or parchment paper.
- Heat your oven to 400 degrees.
- Line the baking sheet(s) with foil or parchment. Place the strips of bacon side by side on the baking sheet.
- After the oven is warmed up, place the baking sheet in the oven, and set your timer for 10 minutes.
- When the timer goes off, remove the baking sheet from the oven and flip over each strip of bacon.
- Return the baking sheet to the oven and set your timer for 7-8 minutes. Since the kind of oven you’re using is a factor, check the bacon after 5 minutes, but if you need to cook it a few minutes longer, no worries.
- Remove baking sheet from oven, and enjoy bacon triumphantly.