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Fully Cooked Bacon
Why didn't anyone tell me this existed?! I love bacon, but I haven't had it at home in a long, long time - years - because of the hassle and mess. Frying, dealing with the grease, the cleanup, etc. So the other day I was watching some episode of Unwrapped on The Food Network and they mention Fully Cooked Bacon. Bacon already cooked - you just need to nuke it for a few seconds to desired crispness! Aye, now there's technology serving mankind! I picked some up a few days ago when I went shopping. So good! Bacon, in seconds, with no mess!

It is the small things that bring brief moments of joy into an otherwise intolerable existence.

I am: happy happy
Current Media: BACON!

jumblies From: jumblies Date: February 7th, 2005 06:05 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

hmm.. bacon.. good.. yum...

no cooked bacon in the stores here. yet.

-still using covered griddle.
z_gryphon From: z_gryphon Date: February 7th, 2005 06:09 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Alas, this product puts the lie to that line in the Barenaked Ladies' "If I Had $1000000", "They have pre-wrapped sausages, but they don't have pre-wrapped bacon."
buran From: buran Date: February 7th, 2005 06:24 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
But not a real green dress -- that's cruel.
lizzielizzie From: lizzielizzie Date: February 7th, 2005 06:23 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
you can nuke bacon in the microwave, provided you wrap it in several layers of paper towels. I used to cook my bacon this way all the time.
buran From: buran Date: February 7th, 2005 06:26 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I actually have a microwave bacon cooker of this sort -- I place the bacon on paper towels and nuke for about 1:15 x no. of strips. The grease drains onto the cooker and I pour it into the sink.

I have seen the pre-cooked bacon. It's just more expensive, I think.
zonereyrie From: zonereyrie Date: February 7th, 2005 06:29 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
Yeah, I've done that, but it wasn't quite the same - and it does produce a lot of greasy towels. They also make microware bacon racks that you're supposed to slot the slices into.
eryn_ From: eryn_ Date: February 7th, 2005 06:45 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
I usually just put the bacon into the iron skillet. That way the grease is actually saving me a step. Then after breakfast I pour the fat into a tiny jar I keep in the fridge. That way there is bacon fat for cooking other things. A quick swipe with a paper towel touches up the pan's season.

We are getting a lot of mileage out of that bacon grease saving idea actually. Probably using it a half-teaspoon at a time, because eggs in a non-stick skillet don't need much fat, but it really adds something. Most mornings there are eggs-with-minced-spinach and toast for breakfast.

Pinto beans for soft tacos are a lot better when the onion and garlic for the beans are sauted in bacon fat. I suppose if I were vegetarian, I might not think so, but most of the people I've talked to say they actually add salt pork. I'm just skipping a step and using pre-rendered fat.

I buy about 8 slices of bacon at a time, and when the jar in the fridge is empty of leftover fat, I buy more bacon.
etherial From: etherial Date: February 7th, 2005 11:04 am (UTC) (Direct Link)


How are you supposed to make Jambalaya without a cup or two of bacon grease?
eryn_ From: eryn_ Date: February 7th, 2005 05:26 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

jambalaya with bacon?

weird... I've only seen shimp/fish and sausage jambalya recipes... no bacon or bacon fat anywhere.

I do find it amazing that people who eat butter are disgusted by bacon grease.
7threality From: 7threality Date: February 7th, 2005 05:56 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Re: jambalaya with bacon?

I wouldn't eat either one with a spoon. ;)

Butter is produced by churning cream, meaning it's produced by milkfat. Milk products are acceptable to most folks.

Bacon fat, on the other hand, is produced when you cook the fatty meat. People are taught that the grease from cooking is bad and should be thrown out.
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qedrakmar From: qedrakmar Date: February 7th, 2005 07:36 am (UTC) (Direct Link)
"Is that... a barometer?"

"No, that's our new Cholesterol-o-meter for Zoner. He recently re-discovered the joys of bacon, so we've been keeping an eye on him to make he doesn't turn clear and shatter. In the past week, he's eaten 24 pounds of bacon straight, 7 bacon omelettes, 15 BLTs, 1 bacon cheeseburger, and 2 bacon shakes, AND he's been washing it down with Dave's Insanity. I mean, that CAN'T be good for you..."

"Uh... huh. How did you...? Never mind."
From: (Anonymous) Date: February 7th, 2005 07:12 pm (UTC) (Direct Link)

Fully Cooked Bacon

I miss Derek.

chial From: chial Date: February 8th, 2005 02:09 am (UTC) (Direct Link)

un-cooked, but pre-wrapped

Mmmmm bacon!

We've been using the Hormel wrapped bacon for a while now.
There are 4 slices per pack, but the slices aren't cooked, so they take about 5 minutes in the microwave cuz we like it CRISPY! (instead of 5 seeconds)

The benefit is that it's about 1/4 of the price, if I recall correctly.

The crispy bacon makes for some extra yummy bacon bits!