Best pan for baking bacon

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Chef Extraordinaire
Apr 5, 2009
Save your large glass jars when empty. Big pickle jars are great. Pour oil/grease in there and when full toss jar in the trash can. Bacon fat is great to fry potatoes in.

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Senior Cook
Aug 17, 2022
Honolulu, HI
Yup, definitely save the bacon fat. Some ideas to use it up:
  • Salad Dressings
  • Fried Rice
  • Fold into meatloaf/meat balls
  • Add to stew, chili, etc.
  • Use as a base for pomodoro/marinara
  • Use as a base for soups
Lots of ways to cross utilize the leftover fat and add more flavor to your dishes.


Executive Chef
Aug 20, 2021
Somewhere in the PNW
Has anyone tried dredging the bacon in a wee bit of flour before placing in the oven? Yummy!!

I dredge, then turn the oven to 425F, convection setting and to "fast pre-heat" about 12 minutes, I turn it over and leave for 2-3 more really is our favorite way to make a nice, crispy bacon.


Jul 23, 2009
Greenwich Village (Manhattan)
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.

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