BACON, BACON and BACON!
If you are a foodie like me, I am sure this is your everyday morning chant. It may seem cliché, but there really are only few food options that can beat the smell of bacon at your morning breakfast table.
While the taste of the fresh bacon remains unbeatable, sometimes you don’t have the time to cook even your favorite breakfast. But you might have leftover bacon in the refrigerator that you can reheat to bring joy to a lazy weekend breakfast or to eat when you are in a hurry to get to your work.
Well, you don’t need to sweat it out anymore! You can now quickly reheat the bacon for in your microwave in just a few seconds or place it in the oven for a few minutes to heat it up. I promise, the bacon will still taste as good as if you have just cooked it now.
All you need to do is take a quick look at this bacon reheating guide that will give you different options available for reheating your bacon, closely follow all my instructions and add your own touch to it (if necessary) and gorge on the ecstasy it will create.
The Things You Will Need
Before you kick it off, here are all the ingredients that you need:
- 1 tbsp butter or olive oil (Only if required. You can also use cooking spray!)
Along with the above ingredients, here are some of the basic tools you will be needing:
- Thick-walled heavy skillet or a frying pan
- Tongs for flipping the bacon
- Aluminium foil Baking pan (For oven only)
- A glass or Pyrex dish (For microwave only)
- Paper towels or kitchen napkins
Selecting the right kind of bacon might be tricky for somebody who doesn’t even have a clue about the basic difference between ham and bacon. So, before you make a trip to the butchery or a supermarket to pick the meat, it is better to be well equipped with some dos and don’ts of bacon shopping:
- Good quality bacon is not found typically found in your supermarket, next to the sausage in a refrigerator section. The best bacon meat is uncured and unprocessed. It will be either at the meat or deli counter or at the butcher shop where you can find whole slabs of bacon that are uncut. This will give you the advantage of having the bacon cut to your preference.
- Even the cut bacon at a butcher’s is better than the packaged supermarket one. The packaged bacon needs to have a longer shelf life and is more likely to have preservatives like sodium nitrate. These brands may also add liquid smoke to their bacon instead of actually smoking the bacon.
- Even if you are purchasing your bacon from the refrigerated section of the store, look for center cut bacon (It’s what I prefer). Made from pork belly cut close to the bone, it comes from the leaner and meatier section of the belly. This bacon has about 30 percent less fat than the standard bacon.
- You reap what you sow and that is so true with bacon. Don’t go for cheaper bacon options or alternatives. Preparing good bacon takes time. Some of these cheap variants are treated with nitrates. These chemicals, as per WHO (World Health Organization), are the major contributing factor towards the cancer problems caused by food.
Ready to sear? Let’s go!
My Step-by-Step Bacon Cooking Guide
Hot Tip: How long does cooked bacon last in the fridge? I know the question might have bugged you. Well, cooked bacon can usually stay good for 3 to 4 days in the fridge and 4 months in the freezer.
But remember to store it in shallow, airtight containers or some heavy-duty aluminum foil. You can also provide extra cushion by wrapping the cooked bacon in paper towels first.
1. In The Skillet
The skillet is the best option to get things heated up quickly, if you want a piping hot plate of bacon on your breakfast table.
How to proceed: Take a cast-iron non-stick skillet. (A normal skillet or fry pan would also work. But if you want to sear and not char your bacon, I would recommend a cast-iron one)
Things to Remember:
You should start the bacon reheating bacon process with a cold pan. So, before turning on the heat, lay out the bacon strips in the skillet or fry pan. I would recommend you to place the bacon strips close to each other so that they are touching and crowd the pan a little. This will ease up the cooking as the bacon tends to shrink as it cooks but would not overlap too much.
- Throw in some bacon and allow it to heat up. As your bacon is already cooked, you can allow it to cook in its own grease or can drizzle a spoon of olive oil or butter.
- Do not spend a long time reheating the meat. Your bacon will be ready in a couple of minutes.
- Once you are convinced that the bacon is ready, put off the heat and enjoy.
The skillet method would not work well if you have just taken out the bacon from the refrigerator. It may work if the bacon is slightly cool. You can return it to the skillet for a few minutes to quickly warm it right up.
2. In The Oven
Good News! It is possible to reheat bacon in the oven.
An oven can come in handy when you have a lot of bacon pieces that need to be warmed up in one go. Reheating the meat in the oven is easy, convenient and frees you from the stove-top mess.
So when you are planning to treat your family with a pound or more of bacon for a heavy sunday brunch or want a week of easy meal add-in, the oven is a good option.
How to proceed:
- Preheat the oven to 350°F.
- Now place the bacon in a glass or Pyrex dish or baking sheet.
- Wrap the dish with some aluminum foil.
- Heat for about 10-20 minutes, depending on how much bacon you have put in to reheat.
- Check to ensure it is fully reheated to your liking. Take out and enjoy.
If the bacon is coming directly from the freezer and not the fridge, add a couple of minutes to the reheating time.
3. In The Microwave
The microwave reheating method is a really quick option that will have your bacon reheated in no time. It works best for the times when you just want to fix a few slices of bacon for your salad crumble or for a quick breakfast sandwich.
Although it may require you to use a lot of paper towels, but reheating the bacon in the microwave means zero bacon grease loss, easy clean-up, no splattering and safer handling of the hot bacon tray.
How to proceed:
Cover the plate with a few paper towels. Place the bacon on the paper towel cover plate and set the microwave temperature at 400 degrees F.
Things to Remember: Remember to cover the dish with a foil or paper towels. This will help you prevent the splattering grease of the bacon from creating a mess in your microwave. It will also make it easy for you to take out the bacon because it is already covered.
- Reheat for 20-60 seconds and at maximum, for 3 minutes on the highest setting. Note that the time can vary depending on your microwave, how many pieces and the amount of bacon you are cooking or if you have taken it out from the fridge.
- Once it is fully reheated, take out and enjoy.
Don’t leave your cooked bacon at room temperature. Bacteria tends to grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 degrees F and 140 degrees F. Discard the meat if left out for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
Bacon is a great dish for breakfast, lunch, dinner or an add-on to any of the treat for those who enjoy it. While most of us do enjoy having it all fresh, a few times time makes us reheat it. Using the above methods, you can have a great bacon for another day, without all the hassle of being splattered with grease.
Reheating bacon can be a tricky territory. When you are trying to reheat it, you will run a very good possibility of drying it out, or making very crispy bites. But I hope that my cooking guide and tips have made it simple and easy to grasp. If you follow these instructions step by step, without missing any of the key points, you can rest assure that your every day can be a bacon day.
Did you have fun reading my bacon cooking guide? Do you have any questions related to reheating the bacon? Or do you have any other no-frill method that you use to reheat the bacon? If you have, feel free to share all of your thoughts and queries with me in the “Comments” section below.