Reader Tish asks:
I have 12 pounds of bacon in my freezer – I would like to fry some and make it into “bits” and store it. Any handy tips on how to keep it from turning into a big bacon ball?
12 pounds of bacon?!?! You know where I live – why haven’t you come over yet? 😉 Well, here’s how you can make your own bacon bits!
Hey, guess what? Bacon bits are easy to make! Just a few easy steps will turn a pound of bacon into a tasty tasty jar of bacon bits.
I used my trusty Breville grill to cook the bacon. This is a panini grill with flat plates – VERY handy! The grill fits 5-6 strips of bacon at a time, so it took 3 rounds to cook a pound of bacon to crispy perfection. Feel free to cook the bacon however you usually do!
After each round was cooked, I let it sit on a paper towel-covered plate to soak up any extra grease and to let the bacon cool off and dry up a bit more.
After I cooked all the bacon and let it cool off, I snipped the bacon into small pieces with my trusty kitchen scissors and put it in my mini food processor, about 4 slices of pieces at a time.
Run the food processor until the bacon is in bacon bit-sized pieces. It took 30-45 seconds for me. I collected the processed bits in a bowl until they were all done.
Just eyeballing this bowl of yummy goodness, I could tell that I had more than a half pint jar’s worth, but less than a pint. Lucky thing, I bought a flat of 12-ounce jars last weekend! In the jar the bits went, and in the fridge the jar went, awaiting that happy day when they journey to our tummies Be sure to store your bacon bits in the fridge or freezer so they don’t turn into a nasty science experiment! Perhaps I’ll add them the next time I make flatbread pizza?