How To Reheat Bacon – Simple Yet Totally Effective (Updated)
We’re foodies who love the mouth-watering aroma of fresh bacon in the breakfast at the break of dawn. However, most of us cannot afford the time to cook new bacon every day because we are always in a hurry for work.
The article will show you how to reheat bacon in a perfect manner. Of course, newly cooked bacon is always our cup of tea, but the reheated is good enough if you know how to do it right. What you need is to follow the guide, and I promise, you can brighten the day of your family in just several minutes.
So, what are you waiting for? Let’s head to the preparation and see what we need to gather before creating the culinary ecstasy.
What To Prepare
Before you start getting the grip of how to reheat bacon, make sure you have all necessary things to make it done. As for the ingredients, you need bacon (of course) and 1 tbsp of olive oil or butter. Cooking spray can also be used as an alternative.
In terms of tools, check the list below for things you will need later:
- Thick-walled skillet/a frying pan
- Aluminum foil
- Baking pan (if you use an oven)
- A glass/Pyrex dish (if you use a microwave)
- Kitchen napkins
Some Notes To Select The Right Kind Of Bacon
Prior to learning how to reheat bacon, you should at least know how to get some decent bacon. Some of us are professional in choosing the best products in the market for our meal, some are not. Therefore, selecting the bacon that will make delicious dishes may be a hassle for many people.
Sometimes, even when you claim that you know things about meat, it is better for you to equip yourself with the tips below.
What You Should Do
Ask the butcher to cut your bacon from uncut slabs. My experience in shopping and cooking has shown that the best bacon meat is from those whole slabs. By doing so, you can have the bacon cut to your preference rather than taking what people have left.
Buy the bacon at a butcher’s, not a supermarket. Some people may have concerns about the level of sanitation in the butchers’, so you should have a sanitary and trustful address to go whenever you are in need of fresh meat. The packaged bacon in supermarkets contains preservatives which are not good for your health.
Buy the bacon which is actually smoked, not added with liquid smoke. Also, choose the center cut bacon. This type has about 30% less fat than the ordinary bacon because the meat is cut straight from the leaner part of the pig’s belly.
What You Should Not Do
Never select the low-cost bacon. It’s not wrong if you want to be frugal, but in the case of bacon, you’d better be careful. Cheap bacon is usually treated and preserved by chemicals that contain nitrates.
Who has made numerous warning about the tremendous consequences those substances can cause to your body. One of the side effects is high potential of cancers. Are you sure some bucks can justify that?
How To Reheat Bacon – Step By Step
Wait a minute, I know you are eager to learn how to reheat bacon now, but you have to know this. You should only warm up the meat which has been kept in your refrigerator for about 3 to 4 days, no more. If the leftover bacon gives out the strange smell, get rid of it right away.
Now, it’s time to get straight to the cooking instructions. There are three ways to reheat the bacon using the available tools and utensils in your kitchen. They are utilizing the skillet, oven, or microwave:
Method #1: Use A Skillet Or A Frying Pan
If you ask me what is my favorite method to reheat my bacon, the answer will be using a skillet. Put it on the stove, wait some minute and then, you will have a hot, tasty plate of bacon for your breakfast.To get started, get a non-stick skillet. Normal skillet will do anyway, but I strongly recommend a cast-iron, non-stick one owing to its outstanding features. You can also use a frying pan, it will bring about the same result. For gas stoves, there are pots and pans which are more beneficial than others, which you should keep in mind.
Put the skillet on the stove, lay out the bacon slip in it and turn on the heat. You can let the skillet or the pan be jammed with bacon, since it has the tendency to shrink when it is cooked. If you use the leftover, you might let the bacon cook itself in its own grease or put a tbsp of olive oil or butter in for better effects.
- Notes: Reheating bacon using a skillet is quick and effective, yet it won’t work with frozen or too cold meat. If you have just taken the bacon out from the fridge, choose another way or your breakfast will likely be cold or hard inside.
Method #2: Use An Oven
Sounds strange, doesn’t it? When you have a large amount of bacon to warm up, an oven is the best tool to help. You will get your meal quickly without a mess left on the stove. Follow the instructions to get the most delicious reheated bacon.
- STEP 1
- STEP 2
- STEP 3
First, set the oven to 350°F.
Second, lay the bacon in a glass or Pyrex dish. A baking sheet will work the same.
Then, use some aluminum foil to wrap the dish with bacon laid on.
Next, let the meat heated for 10-20 minutes. The more bacon you put in the oven, the longer you have to wait.
Finally, check it last time to make sure the meat is warm up to your expectation. Take it out, unwrap and enjoy your meal.
- Notes: With an oven, you can reheat even the newly-taken-from-fridge bacon. However, be patient and wait some more minutes so you can rest assured that your meal is perfect.
Method #3: Use a Microwave
One downside of the way is that you have to utilize much of paper towel. However, it comes with great benefits. Using the microwave means no grease loss, easy to clean up, no unexpected accident with the hot tray, and so on.
The instructions are quite simple:
- STEP 1
- STEP 2
- STEP 3
First, over a plate with paper towels or kitchen napkins.
Secondly, place the bacon on it, put the plate in the microwave.
Thirdly, set the microwave at 400°F.
Reheating bacon using the microwave is much quicker than using the oven, so mind your clock when you set the time.
- Notes: The kitchen napkin is a necessary tool, since they help to prevent grease splattering in the microwave. You will find it easier to take the bacon out of the microwave then, owing to the towel cover.
Life is too short to have cold bacon. Learning how to reheat bacon is essential for every foodie like you and I. By following the guide above step-by-step, you will have tasty meals with the divine dishes and won’t waste much of your time in cleaning after that.
Reheating bacon seems as easy as pie, but without being tactful, you may end up with dried out or too crispy bacon. Remember, even when you are cooking the simplest dish in the world, put your mind and soul in it. If you find the article useful, share it with your friends so everyone will know how to reheat bacon properly.