Quick Reminder: Cook Bacon Low and Slow

updated May 12, 2022
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With the arrival of summer tomatoes, we’ve been eating a lot of BLTs. We spread our bacon slices out in a very large pan and cook them on the stovetop, and we were reminded last night that it pays to turn the heat down…

When we’re hungry and in a hurry, we’re always tempted to crank up the flame and sizzle the bacon fast and furious. But inevitably, we burn it. See, bacon can burn pretty quickly, and there are usually thinner spots in the middle of the slice that cook faster, meaning they’ll be burnt to a crisp before the juicy, fatty ends have time to cook.

There’s also the problem of hot spots in your skillet. No matter how fancy and expensive the pan we’re using, we find that we need to occasionally scoot the slices around to make sure the middles of the slices don’t cook too quickly.

All of this is best accomplished if you keep your heat on medium, even low-medium. The bacon will cook more evenly, and you have time to keep an eye on it and flip it before it burns. Because there’s nothing worse than having your L and T ready to go, only to have to start all over with the B.

How do you cook your bacon? Do you go slow in a skillet or microwave it?

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