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Tuesday, October 7, 2008

Bacon Without Paper Towels

Our family has chosen not to purchase paper towels as a way to cut back on expenses and waste. We normally don't even miss paper towels except when we cook bacon. We've been on a bacon kick recently and I've been searching for a way to get rid of some of the grease before we put the bacon in our mouths.

I've read to let the bacon soak on brown paper bags, but we don't use these either, so that option doesn't work for us. We've finally found a solution that doesn't require us to thrown anything away when we're done. We simply place the bacon on a wire cooling rack when it is finished cooking. I also like to flip it once so both sides can drip. This method works relatively well. It doesn't get rid of all the grease, but a good amount drips off.

Just make sure you place the rack on top of a plate or cookie sheet, so you don't end up with a greasy counter-top.

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Anonymous Anonymous said...

(smacking forehead) Great idea!!! I can't believe this has never occurred to me...

We don't purchase paper towels, either, or napkins. So, I quit making bacon for awhile, lol, but now we can have it again! I thank you, and my bacon-lovin' men thank you too, LOL!

Have a lovely day!

October 7, 2008 at 12:21 PM  
Blogger Frugal Finds said...

That bacon looks so yummy to this weight watchers girls!!

October 7, 2008 at 12:32 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

That is a good idea! We don't do bacon much, but when I cook sausage I put it in my strainer over a bowl in a my sink. We don't buy paper towels either and I had to come up with an alternative method! :-)

October 7, 2008 at 12:33 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I use a similar method. I use the spatter screen for the frying pan and just rest the screen back on the pan I fryed the bacon in.

October 7, 2008 at 2:11 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I've got BLTs on the menu tonight! Thanks for the idea.

October 7, 2008 at 2:39 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

duh! Well I like this one for sure.

Thanks for sharing!

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October 7, 2008 at 3:42 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

I was wondering if that did the trick.

October 7, 2008 at 11:01 PM  
Blogger Canadagirl said...

What a GREAT idea. I am going to start using this method. I am so glad you joined Tightwad Tuesday this week. I hope you come by again. I love finding out how people find me. How did you find out about TWT.

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October 8, 2008 at 10:31 AM  
Blogger Karen said...

I keep thinking I should give you a call just to see how you are doing and if you need anything... but, then I think "what if shes crazy busy and would rather be left to herself...". Now, I see that you are posting about bacon, of all things!!! So, I think that maybe you are up for a phone call... possibly a visit (and I'll bring a dinner)! Talk to you soon...

October 8, 2008 at 8:38 PM  
Blogger Arlene said...

Wow, I seriously can't believe I never thought of this before! Thanks for sharing such a great tip! :o)

October 8, 2008 at 10:54 PM  
Blogger Kristen said...

Fabulous idea. I don't buy paper towels either. I have been shaking each piece before I dish it up, but this is much better. Thanks.

January 13, 2009 at 10:47 AM  

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