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How to Bake Bacon

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Little do people know that baking bacon can be very easy for there is a simple procedure for it. Learn about the procedure in this article.

Steps in Baking Bacon

1. Set up your oven first. Make sure to preheat it in 400 degrees Fahrenheit

The heat is depending on your bacon’s cut, be it thin or regular. For instance you are to bake a thick-cut bacon, make sure to preheat your oven into 375 degrees Fahrenheit first.

2. Line a baking pan or cookie sheet coming along side with a heavy-duty foil.

This needs to be done once the oven has been preheated. Arrange the said bacon on the pan properly. It should be arranged side by side without overlapping each other. For you to achieve this, make sure to leave a space between your bacon slices so that they can crisp and brown easily.

3. Leave it for a while after.

Now, the minutes that you need to give this depends on your bacon cut. You need 12-17 minutes for thin-cuts. This though depends on personal preference. There are people who like their bacon crispy. If this is your case, then you might have to leave your bacon for 16-18 minutes. As for thick bacon on the other hand, you will have to bake it for 10 minutes.

4. Turn the bacon using your tongs.

After turning the bacon, you may return the pan to the oven and do not forget to bake it for 12-17 minutes. Make sure that the bacon has browned.

5. Check for the bubbles.

This is important because from this, you will be able to know if you are already done with your baking. Aside from the bubbles, the baking will also make less noise.

5. Remove the bacon from the oven once you had undergone step number

6. Drain it on paper towels.

Tips!

1. Be on guard!

In baking the bacon, make sure that you are guarding it, especially during the last few minutes of baking. This will give you a chance to make sure that the bacon will not burn.

2. Remove it right away!

Do not forget to remove the cooked bacon from your hot pan. This should be done right away. If you will not do this, the heat coming from your pan and hot bacon fat will still continue cooking.

3. Do not over do it!

It would also be a good idea for you to undercook the bacon. After, cool and freeze it using a zipper bag. Once done, you may do the reheating. You can cook two slices in your microwave mostly, in a power of 30 seconds.

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How to bake a potato

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Baked potatoes make for excellent dinners and they are pretty easy to make. There are different ways on how to bake a potato but each has just a handful of steps.

Ingredients:

  • Potatoes
  • Olive oil or butter
  • Seasoning (sour cream, chives, cheese or anything you like)

Basic steps:

  1. Wash the potatoes well and scrub them until cold tap water.
  2. Dry the potatoes using a clean towel.
  3. Cut the bruised spots, bad spots and take out the eyes.
  4. Prick the potatoes using a fork once on each side.

Baking potatoes in the conventional oven:

  1. Preheat the oven to 425 degrees Fahrenheit.
  2. Rub the potatoes with olive oil or butter.
  3. Sprinkle seasoning (salt and pepper).
  4. Place the potatoes on a baking sheet or directly onto the oven rack.
  5. Bake for about 40-60 minutes depending on the sizes of the potatoes. You will know it is done when the skin is crispy and the potatoes can be pricked without resistance.
  6. Garnish as needed.

Baking potatoes wrapped in foil:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 of baking in a conventional oven.
  2. Wrap the potatoes in aluminium foil.
  3. Pop them in the oven for 40-60 minutes. The skin will be soft and not crispy and have a creamier center.
  4. Garnish as you please.

Baking potatoes in the microwave:

  1. Follow steps 1-3 of baking in a conventional oven.
  2. Put the potatoes in a microwave-safe dish.
  3. Microwave at full power for 5 minutes.
  4. Turn the potatoes over and microwave the other side for an additional 3-5 minutes.
  5. Prick up to the middle to check if it is done.
  6. Use 1-minute intervals until fully cooked.
  7. Garnish as needed.

Baking potatoes in the slow cooker:

  1. Clean the potatoes but do not dry them.
  2. Place in the slow cooker and cook for 5 to 8 hours at low heat to minimize risks of overcooking.

Tips:

  • Baking at lower heat means more cooking time but it also means other dishes can be baked alongside the potatoes such as meat loaves or pastas.
  • Bacon bits, chives, cheese, sour cream and butter are the most popular garnish for baked potatoes.
  • Baked potatoes also work well with steaks and chilli dishes.

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