Prep Tips

Bacon

Everyone loves bacon! Here are some helpful tips and information for buying, storing, preparing and using bacon. Please refer to package directions for specific cooking times.

Oven

Easy with less mess! Place bacon in a single layer in a large shallow baking pan. Bake at 400°F to desired crispness (No turning necessary). Drain on paper towels. Hint: Line pan with foil for easier clean-up.

  • Use the oven and a large shallow baking pan when cooking larger quantities of bacon.
Skillet

Place bacon in a single layer in an unheated skillet. Cook on medium heat to your desired crispness, turning frequently. Drain on paper towels. Slide rubber spatula between uncooked bacon slices to easily separate them without tearing.

  • If bacon slices are too long to fit in your skillet, cut the bacon in half crosswise before cooking.
  • Cook bacon on lower heat, to decrease curling, shrinking and burning.
  • To reduce spatter when frying bacon, fit a wire-mesh splatter screen over the skillet. These can be found in house ware stores or supermarkets.
  • To keep bacon slices straight and reduce shrinkage, weight them down with an iron bacon press during cooking.
Microwave

Place bacon in a single layer on microwavable paper towels on a microwavable plate. Cover with an additional paper towel. Microwave on HIGH to a desired crispness.

Buying
  • There’s a perfect bacon for every occasion. Regular bacon is a winner in the morning with eggs and also crumbles great for salads. Center Cut bacon fits the bread perfectly for BLT’s. The flavor and texture of Hearty Thick Cut and Super Thick Cut bacon are a wonderful addition to restaurant inspired sandwiches, burgers and main dishes. Turkey Bacon offers all the great flavor you love, with 50% less fat than pork bacon. Finally, from breakfast to barbecues Fully Cooked Bacon is fast and convenient to use anytime.
  • Do not confuse imitation bacon bits with the real thing like Oscar Mayer Real Bacon Bits or Pieces. Imitation bacon bits are made of flavored vegetable protein.
Storage
  • Once the package is open, tightly wrap or put unused bacon in an air tight container for up to 7 days.
  • To freeze unopened bacon, overwrap the store package with heavy duty foil or other freezer wrapping, being sure to push all the air out of the package and tightly close the wrapping around the inside package. Use within 1 month.
  • Thaw frozen bacon in the refrigerator. Do not defrost in the microwave or cook from frozen.
  • Store cooked bacon in a plastic bag in your refrigerator up to 5 days.
General Tips
  • Rather than cooking whole slices of bacon to crumble, chop raw bacon or use a kitchen shears to cut bacon into small pieces. Cook until crisp, stirring occasionally.
  • Bacon is a great addition to soups, stews, vegetables and salads.
  • A little finely chopped bacon added to sweet ingredients accentuates the sweetness of the food.
  • Adding bacon strips to the breast of chicken or turkey during roasting is a natural basting technique that keeps the bird moist. Remove the bacon 15 minutes before the end of cooking to ensure an evenly browned surface.
  • Keep Fully Cooked Bacon on hand for great additions to sandwiches, burgers and salads.
  • Turkey bacon is fully cooked, just heat and eat.
  • You don’t need to give up the great taste of bacon when watching your weight. Enjoy Turkey Bacon on your next BLT and save on both calories and fat.