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Here's how restaurants get that perfectly cooked bacon.    You go into a pancake house or your favorite diner for breakfast and order eggs and bacon and the bacon always comes to you all nice a pretty and straight and perfectly done.    How DO they do that?????

They bake it.     Yup, bake your bacon.   

Now, here's a caveat.    If you don't have a restaurant quality half sheet pan it's fairly difficult to get Baking Baconyour bacon to come out right.  You can use a roasting pan if it is nice and heavy.   But you cannot bake bacon in a thin walled pan because it will burn before it cooks properly.

So.   In a half sheet pan place the bacon strips evenly.  You can 'scrunch' them up a bit because when bacon cooks it naturally shrinks up a bit to make those wavy edges.  If you scrunch it just a bit it won't stick to the pan and stays nice and straight.  Baking your bacon in the oven also means almost no shrinkage, so the bacon slices stay nice and long and perfectly formed.

Place the half sheet pan in the center of your 350 oven.   Check it after about 10 minutes and turn the pan.  If your oven has any 'hot spots' or is not quite level this helps to cook the bacon evenly.  

When the bacon looks like it's browning take it out of the oven and, using tongs, turn each piece over.    Put it back in the oven and check it after about 5 to 10 minutes more.   The thickness of the bacon slices factor into the time it takes to cook them.   Thin slices cook fast, thick slices cook more slowly.

Baked BaconIt's up to you as to  how crispy you want to cook your bacon.  But be aware, if you cook bacon really crispy in the oven, after it cools a bit it will shatter when you pick it up.   It's better to cook bacon till just golden on both sides.

Drain the bacon well on paper towells.  And don't throw away the bacon fat that's left in the sheet pan.  Put it in a container and keep it in the fridge for other uses.

This is a great way to cook a lot of bacon if you are feeding a bunch of people or just  want to have plenty on hand. Bake up a whole package at once.   Wrap the leftovers in plastic wrap and store in the refrigerator.   Bacon cooked this way and stored in the fridge will keep well for a while and you can have bacon on hand for many uses.

To heat it up for breakfast, just put a few slices in a skillet that has been pre heated to medium and it will sizzle up quickly and, snap, breakfast is ready!!