Monday, March 5, 2012

Glorious Bacon!

Oven Baked Bacon

I have been experimenting with different ways of baking bacon lately and found this is my favorite way to prepare it.  I love what slow cooking the bacon does, it makes it so tender and yet crunchy all at the same time.  It also has the advantage that( according to Matt LaLonde's presentation on the Paleo Summit last week) we digest slow cooked food much better.  And you can bake up 2 pans on the weekend and to have handy during the week for recipes or for eating.  You can either eat it cold, or warm it up by wrapping in a paper towel and microwaving for a little bit.  Oven baked bacon is at it's heavenly best, fresh from the oven though!  It doesn't last long around here, I have to protect and defend it or it'll be gone in a flash!

1-2  jelly roll pans
1-2 baking racks that fit nicely inside the jelly roll pan
Organic Bacon with no nitrates etc.

Preheat your oven to 350 degrees.  You may line your jelly roll pan with foil for easy clean up if you like, but I usually skip this step.  Place your rack in the jelly roll pan and lay bacon out on the rack.  Place in the oven and bake for 30 minutes, then check (my bacon was pretty thick so it took about 45-50 minutes).  Continue to bake until it is your desired doneness.  Then remove from the oven and allow to cool.  Be sure to pour off and save the bacon grease for later use.

I love this method, no greasy mess all over the stove top and you don't have to watch it.  You can be doing other things while it bakes, and it makes the house smell heavenly too!

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