I have mentioned the book, The End of Overeating several times in this blog. One of the secrets of restaurant marketing revealed in the book was adding bacon to any dish on the menu assured a spike in sales. We love bacon in America on everything and anything. Bacon ice cream–yes, I have heard of that, too. I also mentioned in one of my breakfast posts that Costco no longer carries my favorite brand of bacon bits. That same brand can be found at the local supermarket but is outrageously expensive. S. has encouraged me to make my own as she does. We had a grand opening of a discount supermarket chain locally with a bargain on bacon–98 cents for 12 ounces, limit 2. Perfect opportunity to try my hand at making “bits of bacon”.
Bits of Bacon
Freeze bacon……..partially. If you happen to do what I did and freeze it too long, microwave for 20 seconds to soften.
Cut into 1/2 inch horizontal strips.
Pile into your non-stick skillet.
As bacon cooks and separates, spoon out fat by tilting the pan.
Continue to spoon out fat as it collects. This aids the crisping of the bacon.
When you are satisfied with your crisps of bacon, strain on a bowl.
Freeze the bits on a sheet pan for ease in keeping them seperate.
Store in freezer bag or container of choice.
Smokey bits of flavor to use as you wish.
Substantial savings–my two twelve ounce packages made 11 ounces of bacon bits and 2/3 cup bacon fat. Store bacon fat in refrigerator or freezer.
My youngest son has taken to requesting a bacon, cheese, tomato and lettuce wrap for his lunch–an extra motivation to keep these on hand!
This post is part of Tempt My Tummy Tuesday