I guess the definition of perfect bacon is relative. For me, perfect bacon would be crispy, cooked all the way through. Not awfully curly and not leathery. No flimsy, rubbery bacon for me. But, for someone else, what I consider perfect bacon might not be the perfect bacon for them. They might like it a little less crispy, or cooked just enough and a little flimsy. To each his own.
Anyway, the first time I cooked bacon, I did it in a round 12 inch frying pan. Boy, that was a long process! In addition to curly bacon, I had to cook a pack of bacon in several batches. Don’t even think about the oil splatters. Definitely messy and greasy.
Then, I got a little smarter. I snatched the griddle from Hubby’s gas grill and claimed it as mine. I was able to cook more bacon on this griddle, but, oil splatters were still everywhere.
Then, one year, I had to do a lot of cooking at one time, namely Easter brunch, and I resorted to baking the bacon while I occupied each of the stove top burners with pots and pans. The oil splatters? Well, it was contained within the four squares of my oven walls.
From then on, I decided that I like this method best. Bake it! So, one day, when I was looking for a quick method on how to bake bacon (Yes, I am defeating my own purpose here. I should have been looking at my own post to see how long to bake it and at what temperature. After all, I blog to keep recipes online right?) However, I found this short article at about.com.
It basically tells you to lay your bacon on a cookie sheet lined with a piece of parchment paper (foil works as well).
Put the bacon into a cold oven.
Turn the temperature to 400F.
And come back 17 -20 minutes later. I was skeptical at first, but then, I really liked the result. So I’ve been using this method ever since.
There, now it is on my blog, and I shall peruse this post for future reference, rather than googling how to bake bacon every time I want some bacon. :)