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How To Fry Bacon In A Cast Iron Skillet

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If you haven’t had bacon that’s been fried in a cast-iron pan then let me just say that this is going to be such a treat! Who doesn’t love bacon? I just like saying bacon! I love bacon! Bacon! Bacon! Bacon!

Frying bacon in a cast-iron skillet is so simple that you’re going to ask yourself why haven’t I been doing this all along?! It really is that simple and the best pan for the job is definitely a frying a pan. You can use non-stick pans if you want.

So let’s settle in and get our workspace ready and start frying some bacon!

Before we start, some of you newbies may be inclined to pour off the bacon grease in the skillet. We need to keep that bacon fat! It’s liquid gold. There are lots of ways to get this going. I want you to know this upfront just in case you think there’s too much excess fat in the pan!

Let’s Get Started!

First things first, grab your cast-iron skillet, a wooden spatula and a plate with a paper towel on it. Don’t go trying to pre-heat your cast-iron skillet!

The secret to making sure the bacon does not stick to a well-seasoned cast iron pan is starting with cold bacon in a cold skillet.

Place the bacon slices in a cold pan and start with medium-low heat. After you see rendered fat or a coating of oil in the pan, usually after 3-5 minutes, you can turn the now hot pan up to medium heat.

We don’t want to cook the bacon too fast and we don’t want a big smoky kitchen that sets off the smoke alarm!

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Here is a Complete Guide To Cooking Bacon

  1. Put cold bacon in a cold pan.
  2. Cook at medium heat
  3. Turn or flip until it looks like you want it to

Bacon cooks differently depending on how thick it is. You want to make sure that you put just enough slices of bacon in the frying pan.

The last thing you want is a pan full of crowded strips of bacon with a lot of grease. We want perfectly cooked thick-cut bacon, crispy bacon, delicious bacon that is made in a classic way. I find this to be an easy way to cook bacon

Pro Tip

Make sure you have a dry pan!

Don’t overcrowd the pan!

If you are using a smaller pan, cut the bacon in half so it is half the size in length

Thinner slices cook faster and will burn if you don’t keep a close eye

Low and slow makes chewier bacon

I like to use a rimmed baking sheet or a cookie sheet to put my bacon when I take it out of the oven

From Chewy to Crispy In No Time

The amount of time that it takes to cook your bacon depends on a lot of things such as the thickness of your bacon, what kind of pan you are cooking with such as a cast iron or stainless steel pan, your preference on if you want crisper bacon or chewy.

When you are finished cooking, let the pan cool a bit before pouring off the bacon fat to keep.

Some people are following this new craze with using an air fryer to cook their bacon. I say, whatever works for your family is great! I like my bacon strips to be right there in a cast-iron skillet! The next time you want bacon, go ahead and get that cast-iron skillet on the stove top and start with a cool pan. You won’t be sorry!

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The Perfect Bacon

So we want to make sure that we’re all good! You will make the absolute perfect bacon in the traditional way and every time you make it, you will make better bacon. I keep my bacon fat in a glass jar so that I can just use a scoop here or there if I need it. You definitely want to keep the bacon grease and the best way to keep it is to pour it in a glass jar when it cools a bit.

I don’t use parchment paper when I am making bacon. Some people like to pour cold water or warm water in their skillet to make their bacon a little moist. I don’t do that either. I like to be able to use my bacon fat for other things.

Often times, when you use water it makes the fat loose and runny. Bacon fat should be firm when it cools. Some people feel better using a nonstick pan. Nonstick pans are just not for me. Many people like to cook bacon in a cold oven. I have made oven bacon before. I use the oven method when I need to feed over 20 people.

It’s Easy to Make Good Bacon!

I love to cook my own bacon for best results and the easiest way is in a frying an. There is no right way. Use call Megan and then will season cast iron pan, my family loves thick cut bacon. The best thing about baking bacon is eating it at room temperature.

The best bacon is crispy but not too crispy. If you want crispier bacon, cook the back with as little fat as possible. The most important thing is not to burn the bacon. When you have that nice beautiful, delicious, yummy bacon smell, you don’t want to ruin it by having the burnt bacon smell take over!

My family can eat a whole pound of bacon that leaves crispy bits behind. If you don’t think your bacon is salty enough, grab a little kosher salt and sprinkle it over the top as soon as you remove it from the pan. For a special treat, I’ll sprinkle some brown sugar on the bacon and drizzle a bit of the excess grease on top. If you decide to do this, be sure that your heat is on medium low and the pan has cooled a bit.

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A Few Simple Steps

A few simple steps for making sure your bacon is chewy is to cook it at medium-low for crisp but chewy bacon. You can cook it a little faster by turning the heat up a little. Be careful because you could have hot spots in your pan if you are using the wrong pan. This could cause you to burn your bacon!

If you want to make turkey bacon, be my guess. I like regular, good ole bacon. Making bacon is a big deal at my house. Within 3 to 5 minutes of that smell going through the house, everybody’s lined up asking if the bacon ready!

I do like to start it out by coating the pan with a little bit of oil but you can use a slice of bacon and rub it through the pan to do that. Bacon has natural fats so it only takes a couple of minutes in the pan to warm up for you to spread some of those natural fats around the pan.

I cook a lot of bacon in my house because we use it for so many different things. Some people don’t like wavy bacon, so they use bacon press, whereas I don’t really bother with that. There are different ways to make bacon. Grabbing a new pan and a splatter screen just happens to be my favorite!

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Two Step Guide To Clean Up

  1. Cover your sheet pan with aluminum foil and then put the wire rack on top if you choose to use these items. You could also use disposable aluminum pans to put your bacon in when you take it out of the frying pan. If you do this, you will be able to dispose of the pans or just peel off the foil for easy cleanup!

2. Use dish soap to clean the items that you used to cook.

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