Baking Bacon

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I don’t know about you, but sometimes timing is an issue.  Making sure all the food for a meal is completed all at the same time can be a challenge especially when there are multiple items that require your attention. Breakfast is sometimes like that, but with baking bacon, you can free up some time and your hands to tend to other tasks like not overcooking the eggs, or burning the pancakes.

Items needed:

  • a large baking sheet
  • aluminum foil
  • a wire cooling rack, optional
  • non-stick spray, optional
  • 1 lb. package of bacon


I’ve prepared the bacon both ways of only using an aluminum foil lined baking sheet and one with a wire cooling rack. Both work equally well, it’s just a matter of preference. Using the wire rack allowed the grease to fall to the bottom of the pan, instead of resting in it. Either way, I still use a plate lined with paper towels to dab up the remaining grease so the choice is yours. Line the baking sheet with aluminum foil. Spray the non-stick spray over the wire cooling rack and add to the baking sheet. Place the bacon on the wire rack.

It’s imperative to begin with a cold oven as doing so will ensure the bacon cooks slowly, rising to the desired temperature, cooking evenly. Place the bacon in the oven, close oven door and set temperature to 400 degrees for 17-20 minutes or until desired. Due to varying cooking times of an oven, begin to check at 17 minutes. Once the bacon is done per preference, remove from oven, dab with paper towels and serve with other items ready all at once.

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