Recipe Review

This “Purse Bacon” Technique Is the Secret to a Large Amount of Chewy Bacon

published Jun 4, 2021
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Credit: Sara Tane

I’ve seen the internet do some pretty wild stuff with a few humble slices of bacon. We’ve seen bacon wrapped around jalapeños, dates, and scallops, and how can we forget the iconic bacon weave-turkey? Just when you thought the creative bacon geniuses were done, we were all blessed with the very revolutionary “twisted bacon.” Well, it has been brought to my attention that there is yet another way that folks are cooking their bacon — forget a basic strip of bacon and say hello to purse bacon

This bacon doesn’t look like a purse and I would not recommend trying to use these folds as a way to hold your phone, keys, or wallet. The “purse” name actually comes from within the keto community, because you can easily toss these bacon folds into a ziptop bag in your purse, and keep it as an on-the-go snack. Yes, you read that correctly. Is it a snack? Is it an accessory? I need answers. So, let’s investigate the latest trendy bacon hack.

How to Make Purse Bacon

Making this pocket-sized purse bacon couldn’t be easier. To start, take strips of bacon and fold them horizontally into thirds like an envelope. Place the folded bacon on a parchment-lined rimmed baking sheet and bake it at 400°F for 40 minutes, flipping them at the halfway mark. No need to worry about overcrowding your pan here — the wrapped bacon can be arranged closely on the pan, so you can easily fit upwards of two pounds of bacon on one half sheet pan.

Credit: Sara Tane

My Honest Review of Purse Bacon

Folding up bacon in this way is a method that I have never seen before, so I was eager to try it out to see if it really changed the final result. For the sake of fairness and an honest, scientific approach, I also cooked a few slices of bacon using the classic oven method (the slices are laid down on a parchment-lined sheet pan). As far as flavor, well it probably goes without saying that purse bacon and classic oven-roasted bacon taste the same. They are made of the same, sole ingredient, which is bacon. I love science.

As far as texture, there was certainly a difference. As TikTok promised, I found purse bacon to be much chewier and you get more bacon with each bite because there are three layers of meat as opposed to one. I’m a proud member of Team Crispy Bacon all day, however I didn’t find the chewiness of the purse bacon to be off-putting. It was a new, textural bacon experience because it was much thicker and more toothsome than what I’m used to.

As far as method, I will admit that making purse bacon is slightly more annoying than just laying slices flat down on a sheet pan and baking them. On top of that, it took two times longer to cook than normal bacon slices, which makes sense because they’re much thicker.

Would I make this purse bacon again? Probably not. Not because I didn’t like them, but simply because I have no need for them. They tasted great and I enjoyed their thick, chewy texture, but I will take a crispy slice of bacon over that any day. Also, I like bacon, but not so much that I need to cook it in a way that turns it into a portable snack. Every now and again I like to fry up a few slices for breakfast for my roommate and I to enjoy, but I’m not feeding an army here.

As a private chef, I do find myself making large batches of bacon at once, and I fully subscribe to the oven method. While it is clever and pretty handy that you’re able to squeeze 2 whole pounds of bacon on one half sheet, I think my clients would look at me sideways if I served them a platter of delicately folded bacon instead of classic slices.  

Despite my indifference to this method, I do think there is a specific person who would benefit from this technique. If you eat a lot of bacon and need a way to make a whole bunch of it at once, this is for you. If you’re not tied to a crispy texture and could be open to something a little chewier and heartier, this will be right up your alley. If you want to contort your bacon slices into a convenient shape that you can slide into your purse for out-and-about snacking, I salute you, and I highly recommend you try this method.

Credit: Sara Tane

My #1 Tip for Making Purse Bacon

I used a basic, normal-cut bacon and would recommend that you do the same. Anything on the thick-cut side would take even longer to cook and would also be super thick.

Have you tried making purse bacon before? What did you think? Let us know in the comments!