I Bake my Bacon by the Batch! by Noreen’s Keto Kitchen
If you are on Keto, YES, you can eat bacon! Yeah, Bacon! It’s a good source of fat and relatively low in calories and carbs. If you can afford it, get uncured, all natural, nitrate free bacon. I have to Keto within my budget, so I end up getting regular bacon, but making sure it is as natural as I can get, minimal processing, and none to very little sugar and carbs.
Bacon pretty much goes with everything. I have taken to baking my bacon, to save time, to spare my stove top the greasy mess and to have already cooked bacon at my beck and call. I can throw it on a burger or sandwich, crumble it up on some deviled eggs, roasted veggies or over a salad, eat it by itself, or however else you love to have your bacon.
I am by no means saying eat a package of bacon a day! I have seen some people out there who claim to eat bacon all day every day. Sure, it’s low in carbs but everything in moderation people! A package of cooked bacon will last at least a week in my house (of 2 people), so we certainly aren’t eating it at every meal, though I can’t blame you for wanting to do so.
Have I convinced you to bake your bacon yet? If not, here are some more reasons:
- Baking your Bacon will ensure flat pieces that don’t curl up much
- Save time! You can cook an entire package at one time, instead of what just fits in the frying pan
- Pan frying bacon usually leaves the kitchen and stove top messy and greasy, but that doesn’t happen when you bake it!
- You normally don’t have to flip bacon when baking it, though I may if I think it will help crisp it up more or if overlapped pieces are sticking together a bit.
- Okay, so now are you convinced? Read on for How to Bake Your Bacon!
Method for Baking Bacon:
- Preheat oven to 400° F.
- Your oven rack should be in the middle of the oven.
- Cover/line a baking sheet with aluminum foil.
- Place Baking Rack (see below for more info) onto the foil lined baking sheet
- Line up Bacon on baking rack, like shown above. If you need to overlap the pieces a little to make it all fit that is fine. The bacon will shrivel up a bit when cooking.
- Bake your Bacon for about 10-20 minutes.
- This is really where your personal discretion comes in; some people like paler chewy bacon, some like almost burnt crispy and others like something in between.
- Start checking the bacon after the first 10 minutes for your desired doneness, and every 5 minutes after that until it reaches your level of Bacon Heaven!
- Remove pan from oven, transfer cooked bacon onto paper towel to drain fat.
- If not eating it right away, let Bacon cool and store it wrapped in paper towel in a Ziploc bag in the fridge. When I am ready to throw it on a burger or sandwich I pop a slice or two in the microwave for about 30 seconds and done!!! BACON!!!
Here are some of my Keto Kitchen essentials when Baking my Bacon (you can click on the pics below for more details):
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