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Best to Buy

American bacon shrinks considerably when cooked, as the heat releases much of its high fat content. When purchasing, be aware that a pound of bacon will shrink to about 4 ounces (112 grams).

Prep & Store

Refrigerate vacuum-packed bacon for up to one week.

Quick & Easy Recipe

To cook American sliced bacon, lay slices in a cold skillet and then turn heat up to medium high. As the bacon begins to shrink and brown, turn it with a fork and make sure the slices lie flat. When the bacon is crisp and brown, remove and drain on a paper towel.

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