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Sep 11, 2010 04:56 AM

good morning this topic is bacon

I bought some bacon from the market and it is thicker
my question is how long should I fry it
I like my bacon crispy and usually buy it in the grocery store and the strips are thinner

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  1. My new favorite way to cook bacon is to bake it in the oven. I have two baking sheet pans, one slightly smaller than the other. I put a sheet of aluminum foil over the top of the larger pan and a sheet of aluminum foil on the BOTTOM of the smaller pan. Layer the bacon in the larger pan. Place the smaller pan over the larger and bake in about a 400 degree oven for approximately 12 to 18 minutes (depends on the particular oven). The beauty is the bacon stays flat and there is no spattering. You have to be very careful removing from the oven because the grease builds up. Drain on paper towels and you have beautiful. slightly chewy bacon. Cook longer for crispy bacon.

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    1. re: kcfields

      I cook my bacon this way, and I'll say that thicker bacon takes 20 to 25 minutes to get good and crispy. When it's paper thin, 15 minutes is about right. I like your idea to prevent spattering, will have to try next time.

      1. re: kcfields

        There is no need for the smaller tray - bacon stays perfectly flat without weighting down. It only curls if baked on a rack, which IMO is a bad idea. The fat renders more completely and evenly, resulting in the crispest bacon, if the slices are laid flat on the baking sheet. If you are concerned about spatter, just lay a sheet of foil or parchment over the sheet pan.

        With thicker slices, I will not only bake for longer, but reduce the temp by 25 degrees so the bacon does not brown before it is thoroughly rendered.

        1. re: greygarious

          I bake my bacon on a rack all the time and it does not curl. Comes out nice and crispy, and stays flat without frying in all the grease.

          1. re: boyzoma

            Have you TRIED it both ways? I have, and think rackless is much better.

      2. Fry it longer than you normally would - everything depends on how much thicker it is than your noraml bacon - and long you fry that for. Obviously as you cook it, you'll be able to judge the cooking time to get how you like it. Impossible for anyone to give a more preciuse answer, I'd have thought.

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        1. re: Harters

          This time of year I cook bacon all the time for BLTs, and 25 minutes for thick and 15 for thin is pretty accurate. But of course you look at that point and make sure it's as you like it.

        2. good morning i would fry it until it is crispy i like crispy bacon

          1. Bacon confit....... i reserve bacon fat in the fridge. I find that cooking bacon in it's own fat creates that luscious crispy bacon that I love so much.

            1. Good morning, may I come over for breakfast?

              I'll take my bacon any way you want to make it.