April 19, 2019
Buy some uncured bacon – no artificial nitrates and nitrites – from a health food store. Now bake it in the oven. This cooking method allows for even cooking (no half-burned, half-floppy slices), it reduces the mess and clean-up, and it drains off a few calories... so you can eat more.
This works great with pork and turkey bacon. Yes, yes, I know that turkey bacon is just turkey bits formed into the general shape of real bacon. But if you're craving that bacon-y flavor when you're reducing calories, it's not too shabby. Good protein source too.
There are two popular baking methods here. The first is to pre-heat your oven to 385 to 400 degrees Fahrenheit, then follow the steps below.
The second is to follow the steps below first, place your bacon into a cold oven, THEN set it to 385 or 400 degrees. The bacon cooks as the oven reaches temp. This supposedly helps make it crispier, which is harder to do with turkey bacon. Both methods work for me, so play around with each.
Note: Turkey bacon is a little tricky. If you take a peek at it and it looks almost ready, well, it probably is ready. Take it out and the residual heat (and evaporation) will continue to crisp it up.
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