How to Cook Bacon Bits

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Bacon bits are a staple at salad bars and on top of baked potatoes, but many commercial versions of bacon bits are not really made from bacon. In "Bacon: A Love Story," Heather Lauer notes that the uses for bacon bits are unlimited, and that ones you make often taste better than bottled versions do. While homemade bacon bits do not keep as long as most store-bought varieties, they lend a bolder flavor to any dish you feel like adding them to.

Cut the bacon into large chunks using a sharp knife.

Heat a large skillet over medium heat.

Sprinkle the chopped bacon into the hot skillet.

Cook the bacon bits for 5 to 6 minutes, then stir.

Cook the bacon, stirring often, until it is crispy.

Line a large plate with two or three layers of paper towels.

Remove the bacon from the skillet using a slotted spoon and layer on the paper towels.

Allow the bacon to drain and cool for 10 to 15 minutes.

Crumble the bacon into small bits using your fingers. Store in an airtight container.

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