Ruffled Feathers and Spilled Milk

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Makin Bacon.

Posted on | October 22, 2013 | 3 Comments

I have a freezer full of bacon.  That I never make.

Because who’s going to get burned from grease splatters while cooking the bacon?


And who’s going to scrub the grease and bacon bits from the pan used on the stove or the plate used in the microwave?


And who’s going to have to clean the grease splatters off the stove top or wipe down the entire interior of the microwave?


Do not tell me to cook bacon in the oven on a cookie sheet or broiler tray.  Do NOT.  That little adventure is how my children learned that you really can put out a fire in the oven by pouring an entire box of baking soda on it.

Guess who got to clean up the burned bacon bits, the grease, AND the baking soda out of the oven?

Oh, that’s right.


So I had little faith when I stumbled upon this product at the Hospice Flea Market store.

But it was only $1.oo.


I’m not sure what kitchen gadget I wouldn’t try for $1.oo.  After all, these tortilla shapers that I found at the dollar store have been a big hit at our house for taco salads.

Too bad several weeks later, I found this tip on pinterest.

I love pinterest and hate pinterest so much.

In any case, I figured my budget could handle a $1.00 donation to hospice even if Makin Bacon was a flop.  Plus, it’s not too early to start planning rethrifting.  Which is like regifting except it involves finding homes for the thrift store items you bought and never ever use.  Christmas is right around the corner…..

The kids’ hearts filled with joy when they saw me take packs of bacon out of the freezer.  They got even more excited when they saw the Makin Bacon box.  No one appreciates a good gadget better than kids.  A gadget made by a kid.

A gadget made by a kid, that inspires your mom to cook 2 lbs of bacon, was almost to good to be true.  And if it’s too good to be true then it probably…..


The bacon cooked up perfectly.

Don’t be fooled by that picture.  Those were just the last few pieces of bacon.  The Makin Bacon was able to cook 12 slices of bacon at a time.  And covered with a paper towel to prevent splatters, it just went into the microwave and went to work.

In 15 minutes I had a plate full of bacon.  Bacon that had been cooked above the grease instead of in it.  So that it was healthy.  Kind of.  Probably.  Maybe.

Eh.  Does anyone care about healthy when it comes to bacon?

I also had a microwave that was still clean,

a spotless stove top,

and a reservoir of bacon grease that could be easily poured out.

To be shared among the dogs, the chickens, and, of course, the pigs.

Because what goes around, comes around, people.

Mmmmmmm.  No mess, no fuss bacon.

Thank you, Makin Bacon.  For restoring my faith in the value of the American dollar.

Thank you, Hospice Flea Market.  Is there no end to your random amazingness?

And, certainly,

Now if you’ll excuse me, I think we’re going to need more pigs…..


3 Responses to “Makin Bacon.”

  1. Jill
    October 23rd, 2013 @ 7:11 am

    I love and hate pinterest too!

    I don’t think that girl invented the cooker. My mom had one of those from the 70s, probably at the dawn of microwaves, which you wouldn’t remember because you were still a wee one… It was a good devise… and the dogs DID enjoy the grease poured over their dry food!

    Loved this edition of RF and SM…

  2. Junk Drawer Kathy
    October 29th, 2013 @ 11:47 am

    OMG. I hear you! I hate making bacon on the stove, as I have to clean up too. I’ve taken to microwaving “pre-cooked” bacon, which still takes a while, but at least the grease is limited to the paper plate and wax paper I put it on. I’m so happy that $1 went as far as it did and that you can have a family full of bacon and a clean kitchen. Win win!

    (p.s. I came here on a friend’s recommendation. She mentioned Tina to another blogger and me and so we need to go read about her.)

  3. Lin
    October 29th, 2013 @ 5:12 pm

    Can we please have a Tina update? Please don’t tell us you ate her.

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