Baking a full package of bacon and freezing the results means you can have the convenience of pre-cooked without the added cost.
The math (using current prices for the same brand of bacon at a local supermarket):
1 pound of raw bacon, which cooked using this method is reduced to 6.9 ounces, is $7.99 or $1.16/oz.
A 2.10 ounce package of fully cooked bacon is $3.99 or $1.90/oz.
Pre-cooking the bacon at home costs a few extra cents in energy, paper towels, foil and wrapping but you save almost 40% on the cost per strip of the bacon and have larger quantities of pre-cooked bacon at hand. Waiting until regular bacon is on sale or BOGO will increase your savings.
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- 1 lb
- bacon (about 18 slices)
1Line two large, rimmed baking sheets with foil. Make sure the rims are deep enough to prevent bacon fat dripping.
2Lay the strips of bacon on the foil in a single layer.
3Put on racks in the middle of a cold oven and turn the oven on to 400F. Bake for 10 minutes.
4After 10 minutes, turn the sheets around and switch shelves to encourage even cooking. Bake a second 10 minutes, checking occasionally to make sure you are not overcooking the bacon.
5Remove the bacon to plates or baking sheets lined with paper towels to drain.
6When sufficiently cooled, layer with freezer paper, parchment, or waxed paper in between and freeze.
7To serve, briefly microwave between layers of paper towels or pan fry. Used as-is for dishes that will be further cooked such as chowders and casseroles.