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cast iron bacon press

A bacon press is a kitchen gadget that almost everyone has somewhere in their kitchen, but hardly ever uses. It is a wonderful tool that can get you out of the kitchen sooner and make your food look so good your guests will think you got it at a restaurant.

Why Use a Bacon Press?
  • The weight of the cast iron bacon press reduces shrinking and keeps the bacon from curling up as it cooks, for flat bacon strips with a nicer presentation and that take up less room sandwiches and easily chopped for salads.
  • It also shortens the cooking time by 1/3 to 1/2 because it heats both sides of the bacon at once.
  • It keeps the grease from splattering.
  • Since cast iron conducts heat better than glass and is heavier than stainless steel or aluminium, it is the best choice for a bacon press.
  • A Cast iron press can also be used on your BBQ.


Bacon Press Uses

Practically anything you’d cook in a skillet, BBQ grill or griddle!

  • Bacon
  • Peameal Bacon
  • Hamburgers
  • Boneless Steaks
  • Ham Slices
  • Pork Chops
  • Use on BBQ grill to keep franks and sausages from curling & rolling
  • BBQ Chicken Breasts
  • Grilled Cheese Sandwiches
  • Quesadillas
  • Panini
  • Hash Browns
  • Sausage Patties


How to Use a Bacon Press

bacon press in cast iron frying pan

  • A cast iron bacon press must be seasoned before use unless it comes pre-seasoned out of the box. (See how here.)
  • Prepare your bacon, meat, sandwich or quesadilla as usual.
  • Have a heat-proof dish (like a pie plate) to put your bacon press on after it is heated.
  • Heat your cast iron bacon press in a skillet or on the BBQ or griddle on low heat. (It should only take a minute or two.) When it’s ready, put it on your heat-proof dish.
  • Put your food on the BBQ grill, skillet or griddle. Put the heated press on top. Cook to your satisfaction, remembering that cooking time is cut by 1/3 to 1/2 when using the bacon press.
  • The bacon press shown above has a ridged bottom that sears grill lines for a better presentation.

photo of bacon press in pan: beedubz via photopin

I hope you feel inspired to get your bacon press out and give it a try on whatever you grill or fry to see if it shortens cooking time and makes the presentation of your food even better.

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