How to Prepare Bacon

November 11, 2018

Guide by Jenn de la Vega, @Randwiches

The bacon in your meat share is from Lancaster Farm Fresh. Note that this is uncured, meaning that it does not contain pink salt or nitrates that preserve the meat. It is smoked, so it will definitely taste delicious. Just know that it has a shorter shelf life than cured bacon.

How to store pork bacon:

  • Meats should only be frozen twice ever, so once you receive your frozen packs, put them in the freezer immediately.
  • If you plan to serve them, defrost in the fridge in a dish or sheet pan overnight.
  • The vacuum seal on the bag should be tight, no air should be moving around inside before you open it. If there is, there may have a been a hole and your meat is contaminated.

How to cook bacon: 

You can fry these slices up individually or bake the whole thing. You can also par-cook the slices and store them in the fridge to crisp up throughout the week. As an added bonus, fully cooked bacon can actually be left out of the fridge for one day and still be safe to eat. It's great for traveling!

Here's how to bake the whole pound of bacon:

    1. Preheat an oven to 400 degrees F.
    2. Open the package of bacon over the sink, let it drain. 
    3. Line a baking sheet with parchment paper.
    4. Line the bacon strips on the baking sheet in a single layer.
    5. Bake for 10 minutes to parcook them and 15 minutes for fully crispy.
    6. Save the bacon fat in a jar for frying eggs or vegetables later on.
    7. Drain the bacon on paper towels before serving.
    8. Store parcooked bacon in the fridge until ready to fry again.

How to serve bacon:

  • Bacon is always great with eggs, but try BLTs, club sandwiches or even crumbling it as a topping for salad.
  • Bacon can be wrapped around bundles of asparagus, whole scallions and poultry. Just make sure both proteins are fully cooked before consuming.
How do you like your bacon? Let Jenn de la Vega know on Twitter: @Randwiches

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