Yes, I bake my bacon in the oven! One of my favorite foods is bacon. That is one of the main reasons I embraced changing my diet to low carbs. Dr. Atkins mentions bacon often. I used to hate the top of my stove getting splatter with bacon grease, but soon I found another way of cooking it that can out much better than frying. Baking it! Yes, it works great. Here is a previous post I wrote about it, Cooking Bacon Fast and Easy. Back then I was still baking it in the oven but using aluminum foil on the pan. It worked very well. Now I have switched from using aluminum anything if I can. I had to research and see what was available. Dr. Mercola, who I have a lot of respect for, having a couple of his books, wrote this article, Is It Safe To Cook With Aluminum Foil. It made me reconsider using it. On to my research.
I tried a silicone baking mat.
I asked my friends on Facebook and some of them recommended the silicone baking mats. I tried this one and absolutely hated it! I could never get it clean once I cooked bacon in it. The grease is hard to wash off anything so I am not faulting the mat itself. It would work for other foods, but I wanted something for bacon. I save my grease and it was easy to pour it off this mat but it still stayed greasy even with lots of soap, hot water, vinegar and baking soda. Nothing would clean it. Into the trash it went. Next……….
I discovered parchment paper!
I learn a lot from the reviews on Amazon. Even though some are fake or written by trolls, there are some good discussions on the reviews themselves. It brought me to Parchment Baking Paper and I ordered a roll to test it out. Needless to say, I buy it regularly all the time. I love it for anything I put in the oven. Remember the old days when you’d cut a piece of wax paper and flour it to put under your cake so it would lift out perfectly? The parchment paper reminds me of that. I even reuse pieces if they are not too dirty, because many times the paper is perfectly clean. I even use it under chicken or just about anything I bake in the oven. The grease will flow right off into your grease can and if you are careful not to tear the paper when taking whatever off it, your pan will still be clean. I love that the most about it.
Raw Bacon on Parchment Paper
One of the things I love about cooking the bacon in the oven is that it comes out big and flat. Just the way I like it. I guess my husband likes it that way too. If you have a freezer, you could cook the whole package this way and freeze it for other meals. Then it would be a quick addition to whatever you are cooking. A BLT salad or wrap. Or a last minute idea and you don’t want to wait to cook up some. Bacon always adds flavor to whatever you add it to. Plus if you are on a Ketogenic or Atkins food plans, bacon is a great between the meal snack.
As you can see the grease stays in the pan and makes for an easy clean up. Just remember to be careful removing the bacon or turning it not to tear the parchment paper. If you do, it will spill into the inside of the pan and you will have to clean it up. Not a fun job! For a long time I did not make bacon due to hating that job. This way it is much easier and comes out so much better. Try it and see. Nice big flat pieces!