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Aug 29, 2008 07:44 AM

Turkey Bacon - Extra Crispy?

What's the best cooking methdo to get turkey bacon to be extra crispy, the way you can get pork bacon? I like it when the fat crackles on your tongue as you eat it, with an almost burnt edge.

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  1. We have a contraption that allows you to microwave the turkey bacon and it gets quite crispy. It is almost like a little rack with a drip pan.

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    1. re: DaisyM

      I just microwave on a paper towel and get shattering-crisp results. Nice as crumbles on a substantial salad.

      Not the same as "regular" bacon, though, since the white streaks in turkey bacon aren't actually fat...

    2. You can always walk away from it like I do. I'm always nearby, but scatter brain multi-tasking. It gets very crispy. I let it go for about 15 minutes like the package says. About 7 min per side. There isn't much fat in the type we get from Costco. I think it's Louis Rich.

      1. I have been cooking normal bacon in a pan in the oven for 20 min. It comes out so crisp. Does turkey bacon do the same? I have package that's soon to expire.

        1. Turkey bacon will never have the fat crackle of pork bacon. That's kind of the point. That being said, I almost never have pork bacon at home and instead use turkey bacon as a salty treat on occasion. The microwave is the best. I too put it on top of paper towels. Depending on the brand I will do 3 minutes, then flip it for 2 more. Very crunchy. It never gets crispy enough in the pan.

          1. I bought a package of Trader Joe's turkey bacon and cooked it last night for blts. I don't think it's for me. I tried to get it crispy, and it became more like turkey jerky! My kids liked it, but I don't enjoy bacon unless it's well done and CRISPY. I love real pork bacon, but due to the cholesterol and fat, I can't eat it anymore. Given the choice between turkey bacon and Morning Star breakfast strips, I am going to choose the strips, which I make nice and crispy in the toaster oven. I just put them on a piece of foil, no oil, and back for about 7 min on each side at 400. They come out brown, and crispy like a potato chip.

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            1. re: michele cindy

              How did you cook it for the blt's?

              1. re: 4Snisl

                I microwaved them. I did it for about 3 minutes, then just increased to about 7 minutes, that's when they became turkey jerky.

              2. re: michele cindy

                You might try continuing to cook the turkey bacon in the microwave for just a little longer
                For me, the bacon first gets to be like jerky...then if I continue to microwave more, it becomes crispy. I go until its bubbling all over the top and the bubbles are just starting to settle down.

                I am going to try your recommendation for the Morning Star strips though!

                1. re: Mellicita

                  It also helps to let it sit a moment on paper towels outside the microwave after cooking. Then it's extra crispy!

                  1. re: Mellicita

                    When doing the strips, don't attempt to use any other cooking method then a toaster oven. An oven would work, but the toaster oven is perfect. No oil on the foil either. Let me know if you like them. They're just like a bacon flavored chip, but have that crispy thing happening which is similar to crisp bacon.

                  2. re: michele cindy

                    I've tried the Trader Joe's turkey bacon. It tastes like strips of turkey to me more than bacon :D I love the Jenny-O turkey bacon, it tastes so much better. Plus I cook 3 strips in the microwave for 2:15 and it comes out crispy :) I also just realized how old this post was, haha! Oh well, I'll share the info anyway.

                    1. re: TigAmv1

                      I still follow it! My latest is the Oscar Meyer uncured turkey bacon. I microwaved it too. Came out crispy, but a bit leathery. Also I found if I chop it up and fry it, for recipes like potato skins, anything that needs bacon bits, frying works best.

                      1. re: TigAmv1

                        I have Jenny-O at home! Pan frying didn't work at all until I almost burnt it.

                        I'm glad to have found this blog to try the microwave method. Thanks for the recommendation!