Baking Bacon

Bacon is soooo good. I mean, who can turn down a piece of bacon (or two or three)? But, I really dislike cooking it, whether in a frying pan or in the microwave. It just seems to take a lot of time because you have to do it in batches, and it gets grease everywhere. Ew. That’s why I like baking my bacon! Yes, that’s right… I bake my bacon! I simply put it on a broiler pan, and bake it at 350. But, no, I can’t tell you how long, because that is up to you and yours. I tend to like mine a little past crispy. Mmmmm.

I happen to have 2 broiler pans, one is a big one, one is a small one, and I do use both for one pack of bacon. Since bacon is typically sold by weight, not by quantity of slices, it depends whether you get the ultra-thin or the thick. The thicker the bacon, the less slices per package, and the better chance it might fit on just one broiler pan.  Of course, the thickness also plays into the cooking time.  Start with about 15 minutes and just keep checking it until it’s perfect in your eyes.  Your tastebuds will thank you!  *  Baking Bacon * Baking Bacon

(If you’re wondering what a broiler pan is, it’s the pan that comes in two parts. The top part has slots to let the grease and juices through, and a second drip pan.)

From Freezer to Crock Pot: Sneak Peek2!

I’ve researched multiple pins from Pinterest for recipes and tips for creating easy freezer to crock pot meals, and I don’t remember even one person telling me just how much work this is. So, be warned! It’s not as easy as they make it look on Pinterest, folks! ;P Having said that, I did maybe over-do it with so many meals all at once, for a first-timer.

I will say though, that it was nice to get it all done at once. So instead of having to wash and peel carrots 10 times over the next month, I only did it once, which means that there’s way less clean up time. I mean, if I’m scooping up the carrot peels to put in the trash, I might as well scoop all 10 pounds at once. Right? So, I can see how this will save me time in the future! Just get yourself a comfy mat under your feet, and try to stay organized with your recipes, ingredients, baggies, spices, etc.

Here is a peek of the all the meals once prepared. I was getting tired near the end and just scribbling the contents of the bag. So, in the future, I’d like to maybe laminate our recipes and somehow tie them on or use stickers or something. But, hey, you live and learn, right?  *  freezer meals * freezer meals

I’ll start sharing some of the yummy recipes as we get a chance to try them, since most of them are new to us (or at least the crock pot versions are new to us). So stay tuned!

From Freezer to Crock Pot: Sneak Peek!

We’ve been so busy lately, so I’m jumping on the Pinterest Freezer to Crock Pot bandwagon. Have you seen all those posts? Basically, you chop and mix and bag all the ingredients in one day for an entire months worth of meals. Then pop them in the freezer, and pull them out each morning to cook all day in the crock pot for a yummy, home-made meal (with no prep!). After reading through several examples, I decided to modify ours with recipes we love (and eliminating certain ingredients we don’t).

I’ll be posting more about all the recipes and ingredients we used, our yumminess rating, and our cost, so keep watching!

veggies * Freezer to Crock Pot Veggies