Nitrates are known carcinogens (cancer causing agents). Things like bacon, hot dogs, ham, and all lunch meat under normal circumstances contain sodium nitrate, used in the curing process. No one needs extra cancer causing things in their bodies, you get enough of that just being out in the world. So buying Nitrate free products in my opinion is worth the time (to find) and the money. But if you are going to spend the $5 to $6 per pound for nitrate free bacon, you should know how to cook it!
I just cook a 1/2 slice for each of us; it’s not much, but it tastes good and goes well with breakfast. I’m all about spreading out the goodness!
Perfectly cooked Bacon
2 slices nitrate free bacon
Stainless steel frying pan
Place pan on burner over medium-low to medium heat. Let pan warm for about a minute. Cut bacon in half with scissors and place in pan. The low heat is to allow the bacon to release some of it’s fat so that it doesn’t stick to your pan. Once the bacon looks slightly translucent you will know it’s time to turn up the heat. Turn the heat up to medium high and cook until lightly crisp on each side. This take me about 5 to 7 minutes.
Save the bacon drippings for another use – I love to cook my onions in it when making potato soup or using some to cook up fried of scrambles eggs. Embrace the fat people…