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Wednesday, December 20, 2023

How to make Brown and Serve Bacon, and why you might want to!

We love bacon! My guess is, so do you. While you can buy Brown and Serve Bacon in large or specialty markets, why not make your own? Plus making your own give you the added benefit of clean bacon fat, for your kitchen!

Can you ever have to many bacon recipes?

Currently, we eat more bacon as a seasoning than we do as meat. But, that might change with all the delicious uncured bacon coming to the marketplace. Personally I have always loved bacon, and I am grateful for the uncured bacon to become mainstream, which means I can once again enjoy eating bacon. I hope I don't send too many recipes with bacon as an ingredient your way! Something tells me however, that just about everyone loves bacon as much as I do, so it probably will not be a problem!

Uncured products do have a shorter freshness timeline...

The one factor to keep in mind regarding any uncured product is the length of time it can be safely kept before spoilage sets in. I made a critical error last shopping trip when I failed to toss a chub of uncured breakfast sausage into the freeze. We found it about a week later...with the package swollen, telling us without words, that it was in need of being disposed of. It is much easier to place a chub of sausage in the freezer, than slices of bacon. Often we only need one or two slices at a time, and that is how this DIY Homemade Household process came about. 

Who else loves to cook with bacon fat?

The upside of a bit of prep work in the kitchen is the ease in being able to grab a couple pieces of bacon from the freezer as needed, for seasoning or a treat for breakfast. It wasn't until I was finished with this project, that I realized the best part (after the convenience that is!), clean and ready to use bacon drippings! I love cooking with bacon drippings and this prep ahead method offers a clean collection of bacon fat that goes right into a jar and into the fridge. Waiting for you, when you need it.

I don't know about you, but I am old enough to remember that grease cannister on the stove. Each time my mom drained fat off of a skillet, it went into the grease cannister. It didn't matter f it was beef, chicken or pork, they all went in there! And, when we needed a spoonful of fat to cook with, yes, you guessed it, out it came from that same cannister. This is my equivalent to mom's grease cannister, but instead of a mix, it is pure bacon drippings, at the ready, and in the refrigerator. You may of course use your favorite brand of bacon with the same results!

Ingredients needed for this process:
  • bacon
You will also need the following: 
  • large skillet
  • kitchen scissors
  • paper toweling
  • a gallon size freezer bag
Let's get started shall we?

Open the package and separate the slices. 

Place bacon slices into the skillet, but do not crowd. You want the bacon slices to lay flat as they cook. Cook over medium high heat, you want to cook, but not brown. 

Cook the bacon until cooked, but not crispy brown, remove from the skillet, and drain on paper toweling. As more bacon is cooked, add another layer of paper toweling. 

To store the cooked bacon in the freezer, fold the paper toweling in half and place in a freezer bag. Label and place in the freezer. Because the bacon is in a single layer it will be easy to remove slices form the package, before returning it to the freezer. 

With the bacon cooked, collect the fat that has accumulated in the skillet. Because the bacon was only cooked and not browned, the bacon fat is mostly free of the cooked brown bits and salt. Carefully pour into a jar. Cap and place in the refrigerator for when you need to brown a roast, fry some potatoes or season green beans! 

To serve in a meal or use as a seasoning

Place the amount of bacon in a skillet, cook over medium heat to brown and crisp. For seasoning, you may dice before browning, if desired. 

Conveniently there is just enough bacon fat left behind in the skillet from cooking your Brown and Serve Bacon to fry up an egg or two!

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  1. I often buy the brown and serve bacon for keeping on hand for the boys to make themselves a quick meal but this is a great money saving tip that will come in handy (I knew it had to be simple enough to make myself but I never bothered to take the time to try it!).

    1. Joanne, I do it for the keeping qualities of uncured bacon, and for the clean jar of drippings that I can use for cooking. Thanks for stopping by, I appreciate it.

  2. Happy New Year!
    Your awesome post is featured on Full Plate Thursday! Thanks so much for sharing with us and we look forward to seeing you again soon!
    Miz Helen


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