If you have particularly thin or fatty pieces of bacon, however, it can still curl up on you as the water evaporates from the meat and the belly fat renders. To combat this, simply lay another wire rack face-down on top of the bacon.
Why does bacon curl when you fry it?
When cooking bacon, the fat renders out and it leaves just the connective tissue of the meat. Connective tissue then shrinks and fills the empty space that the fat left, therefore curling up the piece of bacon.
How do you make perfect flat bacon?
How to Cook Flat Bacon
- Set oven to 425 degrees F. Start by lining your pan with foil for an easy clean up.
- Place cooling rack in pan.
- Lay strips on bacon on rack.
- Place in oven for 20 minutes and cook until desired crispiness.
Do bacon presses work?
A bacon press is a heavy, flat weight used to stop bacon from curling when frying. You put the bacon press on top the bacon strips and leave it there while the bacon is cooking. It causes the cooked bacon to come out as perfectly flat, straight strips, and reduces the amount of fat that can splatter from the bacon.
How do you keep bacon from shrinking?
Always rinse bacon under cold water before frying—better yet, let it soak in ice-cold water for 2–4 minutes, then dry it well with paper towels before frying it. This will both keep it from spattering and make it shrink less.
Do you put oil when cooking bacon?
To cook: Bacon can be fried, dry fried or grilled. To fry, heat 1 tbsp of oil in a frying pan until hot, add the bacon and cook streaky or back rashers for 1–2 minutes on each side and steaks for 3–4 minutes on each side. Dry frying is a healthier method of frying where only the melted fat from the meat is used.