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Food Q&A

December 14, 1999

When cooking bacon, should you start with a hot pan?

Whoever is "bringing home the bacon" will need to know how to cook it. Should the pan be hot or cold?

Hot is the answer, according to Carma Atwood, customer service specialist with National Pork Producers Council in Des Moines, Iowa.

"Pan-broiling" is the proper term for cooking bacon in a skillet on the stove top, and here's how to do it:

* Place slices in hot pan and turn them often for uniform crispness.

* Carefully remove accumulated fat from pan with a spoon throughout cooking.

However, there is more than one way to cook bacon, and National Pork Producers Council provided the following tips for other methods:


* Baking - Preheat oven to 400 degrees and place slices on wire rack in a shallow pan to catch drippings. Baking will take 10 to 15 minutes.

* Broiling - Place slices three inches from the source of direct heat and turn them at least once. Always drain slices on absorbent paper before serving.

* Microwave - Place up to eight slices on a microwavable rack or plate and cover loosely with absorbent paper or plastic wrap. Cook on high for six to eight minutes, repositioning the rack or plate every two minutes.


- Kate Coleman, Staff Writer

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