I might be the last person on earth to discover that frying bacon is easy peasy. When I was a kid at home, my mom always microwaved the bacon. That takes forever and you constantly have to pour off the bacon grease, which is a pain. I asked mom once if you could just fry it and she told me the grease pops and hurts, so it’s better to microwave bacon.
My husband has always said that is total rubbish, but the one time I tried to fry bacon in a pan, the grease DID pop and burned the crap out of me, so I never fried bacon again. Until today. Faced with a combination of practically no food in the house, a late paycheck, and Dreamhost overdrafting the crap out of my bank account (thanks, Dreamhost!), it was cook bacon for dinner or starve. I opted for the bacon.
It’s all a matter of having the proper tools, I think. I used the electric skillet my mom got me for Christmas and tongs to fry the bacon. Cooking bacon on an electric skillet made all the difference, I think. When the grease started to get too hot and started popping, I just turned the temp down on the skillet and the popping quit. Sure, you can do this on a stove, but I think maybe an electric skillet de-heats faster than the stove. And using tongs helped me not slosh the bacon grease all over the place as I would with a spatula. Word.
Seriously, if you struggle with spatulas like I do, get some tongs. Tongs might be the most useful kitchen item I own. If you’re like me and fear the bacon grease, give it a try in an electric skillet if you have one. And tongs, get tongs, those are a must.