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Bacon - Frying to a Soft or Firm Crisp

Updated on March 20, 2020

Ingredients

  • 12 ounces package bacon, sliced

Instructions

  1. Cut bacon pieces in half. Place the strips in a large frying pan, lining them up side by side. Turn your pan on after you have your pieces in the pan. Medium heat is best.
  2. As soon as you can smell the bacon cooking, it's time to start turning it. Turn all the pieces over.
  3. If the bacon starts to pop and hit your hand with oil, it's almost too late. Get your pieces out out of the pan and on to a towel to drain.

Bacon

Once, forty-five years ago or better, my sister and I were looking at a package of bacon, and a frying pan, and trying to fathom how to cook it.

It isn't hard to do, but once a technique is learned, it becomes second nature.

Facts About Bacon

The bacon I purchase, comes in a flat, plastic sleeve. It is sliced and spread like cards in the package. You can get bacon that is sliced very thin, to bacon that is sliced very thick.

Bacon is a cured product. It is pork belly that is coated with a special curing salt for a week or so, then smoked at a low temperature until the meat is almost cooked through, then, sliced and stored until ready to use.

Cooking Bacon

We cook our bacon in a frying pan. Medium heat. No extra oil. A small amount of water.

The bacon is separated into individual strips, and placed side by side in a cold pan. Then, after the meat is arranged in the pan, the heat is turned on. I use medium heat. I was told to use a small amount of water in the pan to keep the bacon from curling as you cook it. It may help the situation, but if bacon wants to curl, it's going to curl despite your best efforts.

Usually, you start the pan, and ignore it until you can smell the bacon. Then, you start to flip the pieces over. As it cooks, it pulls the grease out of the piece. The edges will start to brown. The strip of white fat along piece will start to shrink and the meat that is marbled in, will start to brown. It starts out very limp and as it is cooked, becomes firmer and firmer.

When you have a nice browned color, remove the bacon from the pan and place on a paper towel to absorb the extra grease. You may eat it as soon as it is cooled. If you eat it too soon, you will burn your mouth, so be cautious.

Enjoy!

Cut the Strips of Bacon in Half

Cutting the bacon in half just makes them easier to flip. We use ours for BLT's, so it is nice to have the bacon short enough to fit on the sandwich.

Get Ready to Cook Bacon

Pan. Water. Bacon. Heat. Cook. Turn. Turn. Turn. Turn. Drain. Eat.

small amount of water
small amount of water
pour water in pan
pour water in pan
arrange bacon
arrange bacon
paper towel on paper plate
paper towel on paper plate
smell bacon, start to flip
smell bacon, start to flip
flip, flip, flip.
flip, flip, flip.
see how it shrinks
see how it shrinks
two pans with thin bacon
two pans with thin bacon
drain on paper towel
drain on paper towel
ready to serve
ready to serve
Package of cut strips of bacon
Package of cut strips of bacon
Lay cold bacon in pan, add a little water
Lay cold bacon in pan, add a little water
Bacon shrinks as it cooks
Bacon shrinks as it cooks
Medium heat
Medium heat
Bacon browns on the bottom, needs to be flipped and turned
Bacon browns on the bottom, needs to be flipped and turned
Gently flip over. Bacon stiffens as fat is cooked out
Gently flip over. Bacon stiffens as fat is cooked out
As it gets more done, the grease will foam
As it gets more done, the grease will foam
Bacon to paper towel, drain
Bacon to paper towel, drain
Keep pulling done pieces from pan and place on paper towel
Keep pulling done pieces from pan and place on paper towel

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    • firstcookbooklady profile imageAUTHOR

      Char Milbrett 

      22 months ago from Minnesota

      Tori, thanks for your comment!

    • renee21 profile image

      Tori Leumas 

      22 months ago

      Great article. I love bacon. My family likes bacon cooked several different ways. My mom likes it slight crispy and somewhat chewy. My dad likes it crispy. I don’t have a preference on how it’s cooked, except that it’s not burned.

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