How to make crispy bacon
Quick, easy and healthy crispy bacon
Bacon is delicious and there is nothing better than crispy bacon. Sure, you can eat it when it is pink and floppy but bacon is much nicer when it has a bit of a crunch to it, and that is what this article is about â how to make crispy bacon.
There are a few ways in which to make crispy bacon
First off, the question âwhy is bacon better cooked till it is crispy?â has to be asked. As a starter for ten here are my thoughts;
If you cook bacon until it turns crispy the rind/fat turns hard and is nice to eat. Raw and undercooked bacon rind not only tastes disgusting but it is also difficult to chew through.Cooking bacon until it is crispy really brings out the taste. If you eat a piece of crispy bacon and a piece of âjust cookedâ bacon immediately afterwards you will find the taste of the crispy bacon is stronger and packs a lot more punch.Crispy bacon is versatile and can be used in a lot of different recipes. Crispy bacon is equally as good in a sandwich, in a pasta dish or in a rice dish to name just a few. There are may other uses for crispy bacon as well.
How to make crispy bacon for a health freak
I admit to being a bit of a health freak therefore I make crispy bacon without cooking the bacon in any lard or fat. Feeling fat dribble down my chin when I bite in to something really turns my stomach therefore I never make crispy bacon by frying it, even though the frying process gives bacon that "additional" flavour. Besides, fried bacon is way too unhealthy for me.
The alternative to frying bacon to make it crispy is to grill it in a stove top grill pan or cook it under the grill of a conventional oven. I find that making crispy bacon under the grill takes a long time, it dries the bacon out a bit too much for me, and it makes my clothes and the house smell. Don't get me wrong, I like the smell of cooking bacon whilst the bacon is actually being cooked but after a couple of hours the smell turns stale and is not so good.
How to make crispy bacon my way
The non smelly and healthy option
As you can probably tell I am not keen on either frying bacon or grilling bacon, so "how do I make my bacon crispy?" I hear you cry. My secret, although its not really a secret at all, is to use the microwave.
Making crispy bacon in the microwave is quick and it is so easy and I think it is better than using a grill. Why is this? Well…..Making crispy bacon in a microwave is easy. Simply put the bacon on a plate, put it in the microwave, set the timer and wait for the "ping".There is no need to stand over the bacon making sure it doesn't burn when making crispy bacon in the microwave. Making crispy bacon in the microwave doesn't make your house or clothes smell. Even though the smell of cooking bacon gets my taste buds tingling the smell on clothes and left in the house is unpleasant after a few hours.
Many people seem to think that when you microwave bacon it turns "floppy" and doesn't crisp up, but this is not the case. Believe me, it is easy to make crispy bacon using a microwave oven.
Making crispy bacon in the microwave is quick, easy and requires no culinary skills therefore it is the perfect way for those of us that are too lazy too cook, can't cook or are simply in a rush. To make crispy bacon using a microwave you simply put the bacon in the microwave, set the timer, press start and let the microwave oven work its magic.
When making crispy bacon in the microwave the bacon will turn "floppy" as it starts to cook. At this point you need to be patient and leave the bacon alone as it will crisp up eventually, promise.
In order to make crispy bacon using a microwave you need to keep the bacon out of any fat and water it drops and the best way of doing this is to use a specific bacon rack. If you don't have one of these racks, don't worry as you can overcome the problem by simply taking the bacon out during the cooking process and pour the excess fat and water away.
After a few short minutes the bacon will be nice, crispy and very tasty.
How to make crispy bacon in the microwave the easy way - The best microwave bacon rack ever
I have already confessed I am a fan of making crispy bacon in the microwave so when I saw this product on TV I simply had to buy one, and boy am I glad I did as the Emson Bacon Wave has changed the way I microwave bacon, and the bacon is so much better.
Before I bought the Emson Bacon Wave I cooked bacon on a plate and had to keep draining the excess water and grease during the cooking process. The Emson Bacon Wave keeps the bacon out of the excess water and grease, which means I no longer have to disrupt the cooking process and drain it.
When microwaving bacon on a plate I used to find the bacon rashers would sometimes stick together (especially after draining off the excess water and grease) but this is no longer a problem as the Emson Bacon Wave keeps each individual bacon rasher totally isolated.
The Emson Bacon Wave is quick and easy to clean and all it needs is submersing in a bowl of soapy water and a quick rub over with a sponge. The manufacturers claim this product is dishwasher safe, however I cannot confirm this I don't own a dishwasher. This is a well made product so I have no reasons to doubt it isn't dishwasher friendly.
Overall the Emson Bacon Wave is an excellent product and if you want to make crispy bacon the healthy way I highly recommend it.
It's over to you!! - How do you prefer your bacon?
It's over to you!!
How to make crispy bacon on the BBQ
Although my favourite way of making crispy bacon is using the microwave I am also a fan of making crispy bacon on the BBQ during those backyard cookouts in the summer months. When grilling bacon on the BBQ I never put the bacon on the grill and will always use a griddle. Grilling the bacon on a griddle ensures the bacon doesn’t come in to contact with the leftovers of other meats that have been cooked on the grill. I want my bacon to taste of bacon and not of burger, pork chops or ribs and the only way of doing this is to use a griddle.
My BBQ griddle of choice is the Lodge Logic LPG cast iron griddle. This griddle is tough, durable and can withstand high temperatures, which means it won’t warp on the BBQ. This griddle doesn’t have a non-stick or Teflon coating, which is perfect. When using a griddle with a Teflon or no-stick coating there is a risk the heat may strip the coating off the griddle and contaminate the food, but this won’t happen with this griddle.
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