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.
How to Make Pre-Cooked Bacon
- Line two large, rimmed baking sheets with foil. Make sure the rims are deep enough to prevent bacon fat dripping.
- Lay the strips of bacon on the foil in a single layer.
- Put on racks in the middle of a cold oven and turn the oven on to 400F. Bake for 10 minutes.
- After 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.
- Remove the bacon to plates or baking sheets lined with paper towels to drain.
- When sufficiently cooled, layer with freezer paper, parchment, or waxed paper in between and freeze.
- To 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.