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How to Straighten Your Bacon

Fine Cooking Issue 77

I love really crunchy bacon, so sometimes I weight it down as it cooks to keep the edges from curling up and staying soft. This little trick works especially well for bacon that will be crumbled. It means there’s another pot to wash, but to me, that’s a fair price to pay for bacon that is perfectly flat and crisp all over. Here’s how to do it: Place your bacon in a large sauté pan, being careful not to crowd the pan.

Place a pot that’s slightly narrower than the bottom of the sauté pan on top of the bacon to weight it down and keep it flat. Cook the weighted bacon over medium heat so the fat renders slowly and completely. After the bacon is browned on one side, about 2 to 3 minutes, carefully lift the pot (it’ll drip), flip the bacon, and replace the pot. Cook the bacon on the other side until it’s completely browned and crisp, 2 to 3 more minutes.

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