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Pampered Chef: Bacon in microwave in new ridged baker?

  1. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Has anyone done bacon in the new ridge baker yet? How much time does it take? Full power?
     
    Jul 25, 2011
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  2. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Just tried it. I cooked it on high for 5 min. and used parchment paper to loosely sit on top of the baker (like how they demo the meatball recipe.) It's nice to not have to use a lot of paper towels by doing it in the microwave, after it's done, all the grease is in the ridges and I just poured it off into a prep bowl so I could do a second batch. I set the cooked bacon on some paper towels, but really there wasn't any grease on them. I still think I prefer doing it in the oven in the bar pan, though. The microwave dries it out a bit and you can only fit 6 slices in it at a time.
     
    Jul 25, 2011
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  3. sherri lynn

    sherri lynn Member

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    Thanks for letting us know how it went!
     
    Jul 25, 2011
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  4. ShellBeach

    ShellBeach Veteran Member

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    I'm curious how the ridged baker will look 6 months after cooking bacon in it weekly. When I started doing bacon in the bar pan withOUT parchment paper, it got real gross and starting leaking goo off the bottom of the bar pan. Now it is OK since I put parchment paper under the bacon and that traps most of it.

    Sorry to be a Debbie Downer. It's just, it took me forever to get that goo off my bar pan! I'm afraid to soil my new ridged baker, it looks so pretty!
     
    Jul 25, 2011
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  5. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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    I used the baker for bacon tonight- with Turkey Bacon. At 5 minutes, it was ok...but the extra 2 minutes over-crisped it. didn't care for it that way. But then again, this was TURKEY bacon, so less fat.
     
    Jul 25, 2011
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  6. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Your stone shouldn't leak. If it does, you should request a replacement because it probably has hairline cracks in it. My 2 bar pans are used all the time for bacon in the oven and I never use parchment paper. They look great and are well seasoned. :)
     
    Jul 25, 2011
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  7. Teresa LM

    Teresa LM Advanced Member

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    So, does the bacon really stay above the ridges or does it don't sink down in?
     
    Jul 25, 2011
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  8. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

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    It stays on the ridges. I did two batches and did not drain between them with no problem. Worked great. DH is now a microwave bacon fan. He would never try it before this.
     
    Jul 25, 2011
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  9. lt1jane

    lt1jane Veteran Member Gold Member

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    I don't have the ridged baker yet, but I used my rectangular baker for an entire pound. It took about 8-10 minutes (6 minutes, then adding two minutes and rearranging bacon so it would cook evenly). My baker is relatively new and wasn't very well seasoned. It's seasoned now :) I'm looking forward to the ridged baker so I don't have to drain the grease.
     
    Jul 25, 2011
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  10. ChefShalon

    ChefShalon Member Gold Member

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    I used the ridged baker love it!! the bacon was just right for me. 5 mins then 2 mins came out great. But thats just my taste.
     
    Jul 25, 2011
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  11. pchockeymom

    pchockeymom Veteran Member

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    I used mine the other day. I HATE bacon, grosses me out, but my hubby LOVES bacon so I made it for him to be my taste tester. He loved it. It was super easy. I made a pound, took 3 batches at about 5 minutes each. I loved that it didn't take an entire roll of paper towels and I poured the excess grease in a 1-cup prep bowl (I was curious how much it would generate). Filled the entire prep bowl! Gross, gross, gross!!! Precisely why I hate bacon! But, the bacon fan gave it :thumbup::thumbup:
     
    Jul 26, 2011
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  12. Lisa/ChefBear

    Lisa/ChefBear Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Ok, I'm excited to hear baker works great for bacon...but my ?? is did it clean up easy enough?? I always have issues with Flute Pan coming clean in ridges...and with all those ridges I'm not looking forward to using it.

    Bad Bad Lisa.

    But I'm going to have to, as I can't sell it as well if I don't use it, lol.

    Lisa
     
  13. chefa

    chefa Advanced Member

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    But if you take some of that bacon grease and mix it with some Brer Rabbit syrup, it makes a great sop for biscuits! :-O
     
    Jul 26, 2011
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  14. Lisa/ChefBear

    Lisa/ChefBear Veteran Member Gold Member

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    Can you hear your arteries clogging :eek:
     
  15. chefa

    chefa Advanced Member

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    Sure, but once in a blue moon won't kill you right away!
     
    Jul 26, 2011
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  16. babywings76

    babywings76 Legend Member Gold Member

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    Definitely cross-sell the Kitchen Brush! It definitely made it easier to clean.
     
    Jul 26, 2011
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  17. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

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    I let it cool and then used one of those scott green scrubbers and it didn't even look used except it was smoother (not as scratchy). I am SURE the kitchen brush would have done just as well. I just happened to grab the other. It was surprisingly easy to clean.
     
    Jul 26, 2011
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  18. pchockeymom

    pchockeymom Veteran Member

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    Yes, after three batches of bacon it cleaned up beautifully with the kitchen brush.
     
    Jul 26, 2011
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  19. raebates

    raebates Legend Member Staff Member

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    The ridges loose enough not to seem like nooks and crannies.
     
    Jul 26, 2011
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  20. DeannaK1022

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    I baked a 2 pound meatloaf in the ridged baked Sunday night. Awesome! I would bake meatballs that way too.
     
    Jul 26, 2011
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  21. Krista Burson

    Krista Burson Member Gold Member

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    I'm getting hungry and it's only 8 am here... Can't wait to use mine.
     
  22. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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    Bacon and eggs for breakfast? ;)
     
    Jul 27, 2011
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  23. gailz2

    gailz2 Senior Member Gold Member

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    Did you bake it in the oven or microwave?
     
    Jul 27, 2011
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  24. carlajanes

    carlajanes Member Gold Member

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    all good southern cooks save their bacon drippings to season with :D
    i keep a jar in the fridge to put mine in....use it all the time....
    ~carla
     
    Jul 27, 2011
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  25. ShellBeach

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    I used it for thick bacon last night. Took over 10 minutes for 5 slices. The grease didn't pour out so well. I felt a lot went down my drain. But, it does still look like new baker after I went at it with the kitchen brush.
     
    Jul 27, 2011
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  26. esavvymom

    esavvymom Legend Member Staff Member

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    A "pour spout" would have been a nice feature for pouring grease out.


    I made the avocado spread that was on the Product Care Card (for the Ultimate BLT). I liked that they had you just place the garlic cloves whole in the ridges (under the bacon)...so they absorbed the flavor of the bacon from the drippings. Mine weren't bad, because it was Turkey bacon, so very little drippings, but yum! The spread was very tasty.
     
    Jul 27, 2011
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  27. evk1972

    evk1972 Novice Member

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    I did meatloaf last night....LOVED IT!!
     
    Jul 28, 2011
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  28. BethCooks4U

    BethCooks4U Legend Member Gold Member

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    I did too. I use 93% lean meat and don't get any drippings. What we didn't like is that the meat ended up down in the ridges so it wasn't easy to get neat slices of the meatloaf out of the pan and onto our plates. Cleaned up easily though.
     
    Jul 28, 2011
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  29. Lisa/ChefBear

    Lisa/ChefBear Veteran Member Gold Member

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    what if you lined bottom with bacon and set meatloaf on top?? My gram used to make her meatloaf with bacon strips on top.
     
  30. chefjessicah

    chefjessicah Novice Member

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    How long do you cook meatloaf in the microwave?
     
  31. hisecho

    hisecho Cooking Out 4 You Silver Member

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    how long did you cook meatloaf and can you share recipe you used
     
    Sep 4, 2011
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