I love cooking in cast iron. I also love bacon. Put them together and….. perfection! Using a cast iron skillet to cook bacon seems to make the bacon just right. It also serves to season the cast iron pan. Its a win-win situation. A lot of people seem to be a little intimidated by cast iron. They are afraid to cook in it, fear of food burning, sticking, or just not turning out right. I think they are also afraid that they will ruin their cast iron pans. Have no fear, my friend, you can do it! I mean, if I can do it, you can definitely do it!
How to cook bacon in a cast iron skillet:
I start out by placing my pan on the burner. I have a glass top stove at the moment, not my favorite but it works. I get the pan nice and hot. Not too hot, though. Once cast iron gets hot it takes it a long time to cool down. I usually cook my bacon on a low/med heat after the initial heating up.
Next, I place my first round of bacon in the skillet. I let the bacon get a little brown around the edges and then turn it over. I let the fat render so the bacon wont stick. Sometimes the bacon starts to curl up so I use my Cast Iron Bacon Press to keep it flat.
After the second side is satisfactorily browned, I flip once more to make sure I have evenly cooked, It then I place it on a plate. I like to line my plate with a cloth or paper towel (Yikes! Not very sustainable) to absorb the excess grease from the bacon.
Now that I have some grease in my pan and it is quite hot, I am careful putting in my next round. The grease will pop as the cold bacon hits the pan. I usually use a set of tongs to reduce the risk of getting burned.
Warning: Bacon grease hurts when it pops on you. Especially when it hits your eyeball. Be very careful! I cook all subsequent rounds of bacon as the first until it is all done! Then I
eat it all before anyone notices share it lovingly with my family. Because bacon.
Now, I’m really hungry for some bacon and you probably are too!
I like to save my bacon grease in a mason jar in the fridge. It is great for frying eggs in or seasoning beans and other foods. I let the grease cool down a bit and poor it straight into my jar. Now, cleanup is super easy. Just wipe the pan clean, no soap or water involved!
If you are looking for a cast iron pan, this is the one I have and I love it! : Lodge Cast-Iron Skillet, 12-Inch
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