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Preparation, Uses, & Tips

To cook American sliced bacon, lay slices in a cold skillet 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.

To microwave American sliced bacon, place a paper towel on a microwave-safe plate, arrange slices of bacon on the paper towel, alternate layers of bacon and paper towels, and cook on high 45 to 60 seconds per slice or 15 to 17 minutes per pound (445g).

Canadian bacon is precooked and simply needs to be heated by frying, broiling, or heating in the oven. It is also eaten cold in sandwiches.

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