There isn't much special about bacon except that many have trouble cooking
it in a microwave. I experimented with a number of techniques before I found
the following that seems to work for me.
- Thick-sliced bacon
- Good quality white paper towels
- On a platter, place one white paper towel (I've found that the bacon is
much more likely to stick to the towel if there are designs on it or if it's
a "generic" brand).
- On the towel place the strips of bacon you want to cook. Lay them out individually
without their touching.
- Cover the bacon with a second paper towel.
- Insert into the microwave and cook on high for a number of minutes equal
to the number of strips plus one (e.g., four strips = five minutes). For two
or less increase by only thirty seconds and for six or more increase by a
minute and a half (play with it a bit as the exact time will depend on your
microwave's power and the way it gets distributed around the cooking chamber).
Peek under the top towel before removing the platter to check on doneness
until you get the time down for your circumstances.
- Remove the platter from the microwave and peel the top paper towel off the
bacon immediately. As soon as possible, remove the bacon from the bottom towel.
(If you've used a quality towel and thick bacon there will be less tendency
for the bacon to stick.)
- Sorry, but there basically no way to lower the fat content in bacon. If
you are on a low-fat/high-fiber diet you basically have to give it up (or
trim it carefully to just cook the meat portion and even then use very
- If you need to cook more bacon in the same session use a second platter
and new paper towels. If you attempt to use the same platter the fact that
it is warm and covered with grease will greatly alter the cooking time for
the second batch.
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