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How To Cook Bacon Ends

by Marie Williams on May 11, 2023

How To Cook Bacon Ends

Bacon ends, also known as bacon pieces, are small cuts of bacon that are left over after slicing the regular bacon strips. These are the irregular pieces from the belly or shoulder, which are too small or too fatty to be sliced into uniform strips. While some may view these pieces as scraps or waste, they can be used in many delicious ways. In this blog post, we'll explore the world of bacon ends and how to make the most out of them.

  1. Use as a flavor booster

Bacon ends can be used as a flavor booster in many dishes. Add a handful of bacon ends to soups, stews, chili, or casseroles to enhance the flavor. The smoky, salty taste of bacon will infuse into the dish and give it a delicious depth of flavor.

  1. Crumble as a topping

Crumble bacon ends and sprinkle them on top of salads, baked potatoes, scrambled eggs, or even pizza. The bits of crunchy bacon will add a pop of flavor and texture to any dish.

  1. Make bacon bits

Bacon bits are a versatile topping that can be used on anything from salads to baked potatoes. To make bacon bits, cook bacon ends in a skillet until crispy, then crumble them into small pieces. Store the bacon bits in an airtight container in the fridge for up to a week.

  1. Use in sandwiches

Bacon ends can be used in sandwiches as a flavorful substitute for regular bacon. Simply cook the bacon ends in a skillet until crispy, then use them in your favorite sandwich recipe.

  1. Render the fat

Bacon ends are quite fatty, which makes them perfect for rendering. To render the fat, cook the bacon ends in a skillet over low heat until the fat has liquefied. Strain the fat through a fine-mesh strainer and store it in an airtight container in the fridge. Bacon fat is a great substitute for butter or oil in many recipes and can add a rich, smoky flavor to any dish.


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