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Jun 23, 2013 10:56 AM

Opinions of packaged PRE-COOKED bacon?

Normally I bake a pound of ordinary bacon at a time, and it keeps for many weeks in the refrigerator. I have tried microwaving bacon to cook it but prefer the crispness of oven-baked. Not timing well, I am out of pre-cooked and a heat wave has begun. I'd like to rely on BLT's for several hot-weather meals, to avoid the stove.

I have never bought the pre-cooked bacon supermarkets sell. (Is it the same as bacon on fast food chain burgers? I find that too jerky-like and salty.) How does the taste and salt level compare to bacon cooked at home? I would be reheating it in the microwave, as I do my own baked bacon when using it for a sandwich. If you like it, what brands do you recommend? I live in the Boston area, if that matters. Thanks.

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  1. I've probably tried every brand in town (not Boston though). It's all remarkably similar - I find it too thin to be satisfying - you need about 6-7 pieces for a BLT, and even then you can barely taste it. Store-brand (Kroger) is paper-thin. Hormel has good flavor, but again it's awfully skinny. The best I've tried is the Oscar Meyer thick-cut. It's not like making it yourself, but it's not bad. You have to be careful nuking it - 2 seconds too long and it burns and turns to salty crunch. But if you blot with paper towels it takes some of the saltiness away.

    1. Don't buy the precooked. You will just be mad about the expense and quality. Bake it from scratch at midnight if that's what it takes to dodge the heat, it will be worth it.

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      1. re: Samalicious

        i'm with samalicious. another alternative is the toaster oven. you'd probably have to do a pound in 2 batches, but your kitchen would remain cool.

      2. The sound and smell of bacon in a skillet is part of what makes a house a home.

        1. Some friends we visit often buy the microwaveable bacon (I think Jimmy Dean brand). It comes in packages that you just toss in the MW. It's okay. Better than the pre-cooked stuff, which I think is just nasty.

          I just cook up a whole pack in my big cast iron skillet (it usually takes two batches) early on a weekend morning.

          1. We like the Hormel that we get from Costco.