Introduction: Microwave Your Bacon

Most of the methods I've seen posted on the web for microwaving bacon have problems.

The "plate and paper towel" method only works for a very few pieces because the paper towels get saturated and you end up in effect frying the bacon in it's own grease, which pops and makes a mess in the microwave. I also found that the paper towels get glued to the bacon so badly you can't get it off, so you either toss the affected part or eat the paper.

So, I looked at the commercially-available gadgets (cost around $14 and up) and realized that all you need is something that's microwave-safe and that can hold the bacon up out of it's own grease. Duh!

Looking around the kitchen I found a Pyrex bowl and thought "a-HA!"

So here you have it. I cooked a whole pound of bacon at once and it turned out great!

(BTW this is my first Instructable. Hope you like it.)

Step 1:

You'll need a microwave-safe bowl (mine's Pyrex), plate, and bacon!

The bowl sides need to be high enough to hold the bacon up out of it's own grease when it starts to shrink.

The plate needs to be larger than the bowl in diameter so it'll catch the grease dripping off the bacon.

Step 2:

Drape bacon pieces over the edge of the bowl so that they touch each other as little as possible or they'll cook to each other (if that bothers you. Doesn't bother me!)

Step 3:

In it goes! I have a 1450 Watt oven, cooking time was exactly 15 minutes for a full pound of bacon, perfect crispiness.

I spread paper towels under the plate to catch any grease that might miss the plate - but there wasn't any. YMMV

Step 4:

Picture taken at 10 minutes - I rotated the plate at this point to ensure even cooking. You can see that the bacon shrinks itself right up out of the grease. Careful - plate is HOT! If you don't like your bacon crisp, this is when you'd want to take it out to cool.

Step 5:

Just out of the oven.

Have a pair of tongs handy and you can straighten the pieces out by laying them flat while they're still hot or just leave 'em to cool on the bowl, they'll be "U" shaped.

Note the pool of HOT grease in and under the bowl. Take out of the oven using oven mitts and great care!

Step 6:

Careful - very hot bowl and plate!

You can pour off the grease to save for cooking with, or pour into a container for disposal, or do what I do - refrigerate it then scrape off into the trash can later. (I poured off a little bit to fry eggs with this batch - mmmmm!)

OK, what's the problem with this method? I let the grease get too hard in the fridge and had to pry the bowl loose. Gotta get it when it's hard enough to scrape easily but still soft enough to get off.

That's it, let me know what you think, unless you're a troll , in which case you're invited to eat a pound of bacon - raw.