It’s a buzz word … BACON!  It makes my mouth water.  I want it for breakfast, lunch, dinner, dessert (no joke … it’s that salty to the sweet), and in my bloody mary!

My biggest complaint about bacon is how frying it a) has to happen in batches, b) it makes a mess on my stove and c) my entire house and my clothes smell like bacon (my guys have no problem with this).

TIP:  Make it in the oven

BaconThis tip is why I watch Food Network.  Thank you Ina, Giada and Ree!

The trick is don’t preheat the oven.  Lay the bacon slices in a single layer on a baking sheet with sides (I use a stoneware bar pan) and place the baking sheet in the oven.  (If you are making a lot of bacon, use two baking sheets and rotate the baking sheets between the upper and lower oven racks half way through baking.) Then preheat the oven to 400 degrees.  By slowly increasing the temperature of the bacon you avoid the grease splattering all over your oven.  Set your timer for 20 minutes.  Total baking time will depend on a) the thickness of your bacon and b) the amount of bacon you are making.  When 20 minutes are up, turn the bacon over, strain most of the bacon drippings from the pan and into a cup or bowl, and return to the oven.  Continue baking, checking every 5 minutes until desired crispness.  Remove bacon from pan and place on paper-towel-lined plate.

Crispy … flat … salty … what’s for dessert!?!

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Anita Hinkeldey McVey

From the farm in Alta ... to college in Ames ... to the suburbs of Des Moines in Waukee ... I am an Iowa girl through and through. I married the cute, but quiet, guy who made me laugh out loud in Statistics class and we have two awesome, but terribly sarcastic, boys. In 1999, I quit my research job to be home with those active boys. Staying home allowed me to spend more time preparing meals, trying new recipes and striving to serve healthier options for my family. Now that my boys are men ... well, "adults" anyway ... and my husband still appreciates what I accomplish at home, I have time to explore my creative side and knock "writing a blog" off my bucket list. I love trying new things, traveling, gardening, reading and clean countertops. I love baseball (watching, not playing) and concession stands. Choosing a favorite food is impossible but if I was forced to pick just one, it would be pie! I thank God that He has led me to this place. Here's to a new adventure and hopes that others will be able to use what I post to discover the benefits of family meals and living a picnic life.

2 thoughts on “BACON

  1. Awesomeness!! I LOVE me some BLTs but HATE the way bacon smell lingers in the house and on my clothes forever!! Can’t wait to try this out!!

    1. Won’t say there is NO bacon smell but it isn’t nearly as strong as stove-top frying! Good luck!

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