Martha Stewart's trick for perfectly crispy bacon every time

For me, the ultimate bacon is so crispy that it falls apart on the first bite. When I try to achieve this at home using the normal stovetop method, however, it not only takes longer, but also leaves a huge mess for me to clean up later.

As a result, I used to reserve bacon as just a treat — something I ordered from my favorite diner. It was only recently that I discovered an easy, super hands-off, and most importantly, splatter-proof method for cooking perfectly crispy bacon from the queen of baking, Martha Stewart. His tip? For the best bacon of your life, Bake it in the oven on a parchment-lined baking sheet.– How is it here?

Why You Should Cook Bacon in the Oven

Aside from the miraculous fact that cooking bacon in the oven is virtually mess-free, this method offers a few other advantages:

This makes more bacon.: Because you're using a sheet pan, you can cook many more slices of bacon than you can on a skillet — a godsend when you need to feed a crowd.

It's hands-off.: Circulating heat around the sheet pan in the oven eliminates the need to flip the bacon while it cooks, which means it's a hands-free cooking process. I use this time to make myself another cup of coffee.

It's crispier.: Compared to bacon cooked in a skillet on the stove, oven-baked bacon is not only crispier, but also cooked more evenly. Bacon sits in its own rendered fat and essentially fries in it, crisping up more quickly.

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How to Cook Bacon in the Oven

To make oven bacon as per Martha's suggestion, line a rimmed sheet pan with parchment paper (you can also use aluminum foil) and lay slices of your favorite bacon fillet on top, with any overlap. Be careful to place them to prevent

Bake the bacon in a 400°F oven until well browned and crisp, about 15 to 18 minutes, depending on the thickness of your bacon. To follow Martha's method to a T, you need to rotate the sheet pan halfway. Although I've accidentally forgotten to do this countless times and my bacon still turns out great.

Carefully transfer the bacon to a paper towel to drain. It will become slightly crisp as it cools.

Make your whole breakfast on a sheet pan

A sheet pan filled with bacon fat is swimming with delicious opportunity. Before discarding the fat, crack a few eggs right on top and slide the sheet pan back into the oven. You can also reserve a portion of the sheet pan for frozen hash browns or toast.

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