The last time we were visiting the grandkids, my son served bacon at breakfast. I generally do not like bacon, too greasy, but out of politeness, I tried one piece. It was the best bacon I have ever tried. I asked where he bought it. He said it was just whatever bacon they have at the grocery store. The difference, he said, is that it is baked, not fried. I was so impressed that I decided to give it a try.
He cooked his in a cookie tray on a sheet of tin foil at 400° to 450° for about 15 minutes. He then lifts the bacon one piece at a time off the tin foil and onto a paper towel. He then taps them with another paper towel and serves. Delicious.
I thought a wire mesh would work better than tin foil, but I don't have one that will fit any of my cookie sheets. I tried a few strips on a heavy metal tray with slits in it that I use for baking chicken and turkey. It came out OK, but it's pretty old and a real pain to clean. So I'm thinking of getting a new cookie tray with a wire mesh. There are a lot of them available. But most of them that come with a fitting wire mesh call it a "cooling tray", like these:
That makes me worry that the wire mesh cannot stand the heat. The descriptions seem to indicate that it can.
Can anyone recommend a shallow tray with a wire mesh or screen that I can cook bacon on?
What better? Aluminum? Stainless Steel? Teflon coated? Something else?
I'd also appreciate any other comments of baking bacon.