How to microwave bacon

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How to microwave bacon
Microwave bacon to avoid all the mess. (bhofack2/iStock/Getty Images)

If you want to learn an easy way to cook bacon without all the mess, try the microwave. Preparing bacon in your microwave is a simple and mess-free alternative to pan frying or grilling. What follows are some simple cooking tips on nuking your rashers.

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    Choose your bacon according to nutrition, convenience or taste. Nutritious options include low-fat varieties, as well as low-salt brands. In addition, bacon comes smoked, unsmoked and microwave-ready varieties.

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    Begin by taking a microwave safe plate and lining it with a few sheets of paper towel. The towels will act like a sponge and keep the bacon fat from running all over and making a mess.

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    Arrange six rashers of bacon on the plate side by side. Make sure the strips do not overlap one another while cooking.

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    Cover the bacon slices with another paper towel to reduce the chance of grease splattering all over your microwave.

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    Microwave the bacon on high four to six minutes, checking them after approximately three minutes.

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    Rotate the plate of bacon -- about one-half turn -- after three minutes and resume microwaving to ensure even cooking.

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    Remove the bacon from the microwave and place it on a fresh plate and paper towel. Allow the bacon to cool for several minutes before eating.

  8. 8

    Try using a microwave bacon tray. Such trays make microwaving even easier by draining the fat away from your bacon as it cooks.

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