The Basics: Bacon

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How To Cook Crisp Bacon

Bacon 

Crisp bacon is an essential item to many breakfast plates. Pancakes, waffles, eggs & grits all become better when accompanied with a little smoky flavor. If you have ever wanted to make perfectly crisp bacon slices, this lesson is for you. You’ll need the proper equipment & a little patience in order to achieve the desired results. Start the task with a large non-stick skillet as when the cooking process begins, it can adhere to the surface more easily if stainless is used. Secondly, do not crowd the pan as it will result in unevenly cooked slices. In an effort to cook the rubbery fat portions, you’ll inevitably end up with a few burned spots in the process. Finally, a good pair of tongs is necessary to turn the bacon often as it cooks & is the essential secret to a piece of good salty-crisp bacon. Look for additional pointers on how to capture the bacon drippings & what to do with them when preparing other recipes. Here’s what you should know. 

Cooking Classics. Bacon By Rebecca Gordon Editor-In-Chief Buttermilk Lipstick Culinary & Entertaining Brand Pastry Chef TV Cooking Personality Writer Food Stylist Game Day Entertaining Modern Southern Socials Cooking & Baking Tutorials

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makes 6 servings 

Start with a 12-ounce package of bacon. Place 6 to 7 pieces side by side in a large non-stick skillet being certain they do not overlap. Place the skillet over Medium heat & cook about 5 minutes. Turn the bacon slices & cook a few minutes more. Turn the bacon slices again after a few minutes. Once the bacon begins to get crisp, lower the heat a smidgen. As the bacon cooks, small particles will collect in the bottom of the skillet which may cause the grease to release smoke. Turn the bacon often at this point to ensure evenly cooked slices until crisp but not burned, about every 30 seconds. Turning the slices often helps to create the signature ridges in a good piece of bacon.

Remove the bacon from the skillet & place over a stack of paper towels. Repeat the procedure with the remaining bacon slices. Expect them to cook a little more quickly as the bacon grease is already hot. Wrap any remaining pieces in a paper towel & chill up to 3 days. Rewarm them about 15 to 20 seconds in the microwave on High power.

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How To Capture & Use Bacon Drippings

Bacon drippings are a wonderful way to season a variety of dishes in the kitchen.
Follow these pointers to make the good use of this valuable item.

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Once bacon has been cooked, let the drippings stand off of the heat about 5 minutes. Pour them through a fine wire mesh sieve into a glass measuring cup to capture the burned particles that collect in the bottom of the pan as they will taste bitter. Discard them. Transfer the drippings to a jar with a lid & store in the refrigerator up to 2 weeks. Once chilled, expect a solid mass that will liquify upon reheating.

The Applications

Use them to prepare cole slaw or stir them into vinaigrette based potato salads to impart a smoky flavor. Sauté fresh vegetables in a teaspoon or two of the drippings for a lovely side dish or use them in cornbread in place of melted butter. 

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