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How to Fry Bacon

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Crisp Bacon

Crisp Bacon

Linda Larsen
Frying bacon is one of those kitchen skills it can take some time to master. It seems like a simple operation, but it's fraught with peril. Learn how to fry bacon to enjoy this popular meat.

To fry bacon to crisp perfection, start with a cold skillet. Carefully separate the bacon pieces from each other and place them side by side in the cold skillet.

Now place the skillet over medium heat. The bacon will begin to sizzle and turn translucent. Here's the main tip: don't move the bacon until it releases easily from the pan.

You can gently lift the edges as the bacon starts to brown on the first side, but don't lift it or force it until it releases. Then turn the bacon, using tongs, and cook on the second side until it releases easily again.

Keep turning the bacon frequently for even cooking. The bacon is done when it looks like bacon! The noise will subside dramatically, and when there are no more pink, white, or translucent areas on the bacon, it's ready. Remove it to a paper towel to drain, then eat!

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