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Nov 6, 2007 01:06 PM

Baking bacon vs. frying bacon

Which do you prefer? Is there a texture difference? I like mine crisp, does baking do the job? It just seems faster and less messy to do it in the oven in one batch.

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  1. For small amounts, I just microwave on a paper plate with paper towels.

    If I am doing a n=bigger batch, I always do it in my cast iron skillet...good for taste and for the pan.

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    1. re: Quine

      We have baccon every Sat. & Sun morning and we do it in the microwave too. It comes out with a nice texture. However, if I were feeding a crowd I'd opt for the oven. It's easier and less mess.

    2. I always make my bacon in the oven. It's easy and I use disposable aluminum pans so there's no clean up. My SO likes his crisp, me not so much so I use 2 pans and just take mine out of the oven first.

      1. I like to bake it and I do think it is way less messy. It also allows me more room on my small cooktop. I line a baking sheet with foil and put in the oven at 450. It done in about 10 mins or so..and yes it is crispy. Clean up is a breeze too.

        1. No difference - to me it tastes exactly the same, texture and all. You can definitely get it nice and crispy in the oven - just did it today actually for BLTs for lunch.

          Haven't cooked bacon in a skillet since I learned about the oven method. It just comes out so great and the clean-up is so easy! I put a big piece of aluminum foil over a rimmed baking sheet and turn up the edges (to keep the grease contained) and bake at 400 until crispy.

          Try it, it will blow your mind :)

          1. I much prefer baking it as it evenly browns both sides and doesn't tend to curl up as much.