Bacon is most commonly cooked on the stovetop or in the oven. If you’re opting for the former, start with a cold pan with the bacon strips touching, but not overlapping. Set the burner on low and allow the bacon to slowly release its fat. As it begins to cook, use tongs to flip the strips and fry them on their opposite sides. Continue to flip and turn until the bacon is browned evenly. Let the cooked bacon drain by carefully placing them on paper towels or a newspaper.
To cook bacon in the oven, simply line a large baking sheet with aluminum foil and arrange the bacon strips on its surface. If your baking sheet does not have grooved edges, be sure to fold the aluminum corners upwards to catch excess grease. Bake at 400°F for ten to 20 minutes (depending on your texture preference), remove, and place bacon strips on paper towels or a newspaper. The bacon will crisp as it cools.
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Pre-packaged bacon has an impressive shelf life, but not once it’s opened. While it’s best to freeze uncooked bacon, the slices can be tightly wrapped in aluminum foil and stored in a ziploc bag for up to a week. The same storage technique should also be applied to fresh bacon purchased directly from the butcher.
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Next: How to Freeze Bacon
Bacon actually holds up quite well in the freezer, though its peak flavor quality will only last one to two months. To freeze, you may keep the bacon in its original packaging, but wrap around it with another layer of aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper. Just be sure to keep your freezer at a consistent zero degrees for optimal freezing results.
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A great broccoli salad is a chunkier, prettier version of a cabbage slaw, with some of the same elements that make so many of the latter so delicious: a little sweetness, a touch of tanginess, and the smoky, ummi-rich presence of bacon. Here, you use both the Broccli florets and stalks, peeled and cut into sturdy matchsticks. Dried carnaberries, scallions, sunflower seeds, Parmesan cheese, and bacon add tons of personality, and the dressing—a mix of lemon and orange juices, Dijon mustard, challots, garlic, and olive oil—binds the assertive flavors. Note that you might not need all the dressing (start with half, then add more to taste). Any leftovers taste great coating a salad of bitter greens.
Not a fan of bacon? This recipe can easily swap pork for another protein, such as our teriyaki chicken recipe.
For more, check out our Herbed Cauliflower and Broccoli Salad, Bok Choy and Pineapple Salad with Peanut Dressing, and Fennel-Apple Slaw.