Nov 23, 2008

Google can save you money. - Part1

Google has been in the news lately for reducing the options served in its employee cafĂ©. I can’t fault them but most of us love any free lunch, breakfast, and dinner.

Although you’re not a Google employee, you can still take advantage of the “free lunch”. In this case it’s not food for the body, but food for your computer and maybe your mind.
I’m often surprised by the number of people who do not take advantage of the free services offered from Google. If you’re reading this blog, I know you like to save money, so I hope you’ll take the Google gift horse.


I often tell people of the value of Gmail (Google’s free email service), only to hear that they don’t want to change their email address from Verizon, AOL, or Comcast, etc. While I totally understand the hesitance to change, the benefits out way the fear.

Most ISPs give you an email address with service. That’s great, but I believe it’s just a trap to keep you from switching ISPs, as you fear losing your email address. They have you hooked!
You can break the cycle. Get a Gmail account and gradually get your contacts used to the new address. This way, if your ISP doesn’t satisfy you or if you can find a better deal, you won’t loose you email addy when you switch.

There are many benefits to Gmail. Aside from the aforementioned ISP independence, Gmail is
1. Free. No strings attached.
2. POP3 Capable. Post Office Protocol allows your mail to be stored locally on your machine via an email client like Apple Mail, Thunderbird, Outlook, Eudora, or Entourage. The advantage here is that finding old message is faster and easier. Also, you have access to downloaded messages even if you’re not connected to the Internet. You can also draft messages to be sent later. If you have your laptop, but you’re traveling and not connected to the Internet, you could reply to messages and those replies will be sent when you connect to the Internet.
3. Surprisingly not crowded. Many email addresses are still available. You don’t have to be you may be able to actually get your name or preferred handle.
4. More professional sounding than aol or yahoo. I have been to some sites, downloading trial software, that did not accept yahoo addresses.
5. Very user friendly. The web interface is easy to use and can be easily customized. The help files are detailed and just a search away.
6. Extremely powerful. Gmail allows you to modify your email address to keep track of where mail is coming from. For example, if your email address was you could also use, for all of the recipe websites where you register. Then you can easily filter +recipe mail to a specific folder.

So switch to, or at least get, a Gmail account.

There will be more Google freebies in my next post. Sphere: Related Content

Nov 20, 2008

Roasting a Chicken

Chicken is a relatively cheap source of protein. Many buy roasted chickens from supermarkets or national chains such as Boston Market, but if you roast it yourself you’ll pay a lot less and probably get more, as most store bought are tiny. This recipe is so easy, you’ll wonder why you ever paid more.

1 Whole chicken
½ Lemon
3 gloves of Garlic
2 T oil (olive oil or melted butter)
1 T dried spice (thyme, sage, etc.)
Salt and Pepper

Preheat your oven to 400 degrees.

Mix salt, pepper, and dried spices in a small bowl.

While the oven is heating, wash the entire chicken (inside and out) under cold running water. Be sure to remove the package containing necks and gizzards that may be inside the cavity of the chicken.

Once washed, pat the outside of the chicken dry with paper towels.

Rub and squeeze the half of lemon over the outside and inside of the chicken (Do not discard).

Rub oil over the outside of the chicken.

Rub this spice mixture over outside and inside of chicken.

Place the spent lemon and garlic cloves inside the chicken.

Before placing the chicken in the oven, the chicken must be raised from the bottom of your roasting pan/dish (ensures crispy skin). This is usually accomplished via a roasting rack. If you do not have a rack you can use aluminum foil. Simple tear off a piece of foil approximately 1 foot long. Roll the foil into a cylinder. Then curve the cylinder into a ring (think donut or bagel shape). Place this aluminum ring in the bottom of the roasting pan. Place chicken on top of the ring. And place in the oven.
Roast the chicken at 400 degrees until an internal temperature of 165 degrees is obtained. This will take approximately 45 minutes for a 3.5lb bird. If you don’t have a meat thermometer, buy one. If you refuse to buy one, make a small incision at the joint between the thigh and the bird to be sure that all juices run clear.

So let’s do the math. A 3.5lb chicken cost $5.92 at Safeway. You may be able to get a better price. See the previous on cutting your grocery bill in half. The additional ingredients should be less than $0.50. So this totals $6.42 and should easily make 4-5 servings.

That’s it. We’ll talk about making gravy in another post. Enjoy. Sphere: Related Content

Nov 19, 2008

Buying a computer

Has your computer kicked the bucket? Recently my laptop died. My baby, her name was Alice. While talking with some friends about this blog I was challenged to save money while getting a new computer. Here are the results of my search. Hope it helps you.

If you know a bit about computers, please skip this section. If not, here’s a little analogy that should explain the basic bits and pieces. Think of you computer as a machine (a robot version of you) that needs to perform a job.

The job in this case is to empty a full tub of water from your bathtub into the street nearest to your house. Yes, I know this is an odd task but bear with me, OK. You have a bucket. That bucket is RAM. The bigger the bucket, or more RAM you have, the faster the process should go i.e. you can carry more water (instructions or computer commands), with each pass from the bathroom, through the house, out the door, and to the street. It seems simple that you’ll want a lot of RAM, but there are other things to think about. By the way, RAM is usually measured in mega- or giga-bytes.

When performing the water task, you have to think about how fast you can actually move (processor speed). The faster the processor, the less time the task will take. That statement comes with a caveat. Too much can be overkill. You don’t need a Formula 1 car to drive from your door to the street. If you’re surfing the Internet, sending email, and using basic Office type applications; a basic processor is more than fast enough. Most important for accessing the Internet is your connection to your ISP (more on that in another post). Without going too deep, you may have to consider BUS speed, which is the ability for you to move in an obstacle free path through the house.

The last real piece to this puzzle, aside from peripherals i.e. monitors, keyboard, mice, etc; is the size of the harddrive. This is also measure in mega- or giga-bytes. The harddrive stores instructions (programs) that allow you to perform different tasks and acts as storage for you files e.g. pictures, spreadsheets, video, etc. Up until recently, I would have advised you to get the biggest harddrive you can afford, but cloud computing has changed all of that. You can view a previous post on that here.

Buying a computer on the cheap
I’m not going to get into Mac vs. PC, or even Linux. You have to make that choice. We already have more than enough choices to consider. If you need a basic machine for surfing the Internet, sending email, and using basic Office type applications, you have a myriad of choices. You could buy a new basic machine or a refurbished/used machine.

If you’re thinking of going down the refurbished/used path, you must remember to buy from a reputable seller. Tiger Direct has a basic Dell desktop for $199.00 or get a Dell laptop from USA notebooks for $299.00. In both cases, I’d elect to get a little more RAM. Spring for the extra $20. I have purchased refurbs before. In general the desktops haven’t been a problem, but I’ve had major battery issues from refurb laptops, often resulting in the purchase of an expensive new battery.

If you elect for a new basic machine, you have some frugal options as well. Unfortunately, the dream or a $100 laptop is just that, a dream. You can, however get decent basic laptop from J&R for $419.99. This machine doesn’t have a CD-ROM drive, but it does have a wireless card so you should be able to install applications and move files via the Internet. If you need a little more try this Gateway computer for $699.97, complete with a CD/DVD-R drive.

If you need more power than the basic options I’ve listed here, then start googling, you may be able to find a deal I missed.

Good luck and may the force protect your logic board. Sphere: Related Content

Nov 18, 2008

Free Magazines

As if this blog isn’t enough to read, here’s a tip for the avid reader.

Check out All Free Magazines. Here, after a completing a quick form, you’ll be able to get a free subscription. Most of the terms are 6 months to a year.

If you have an office with a waiting room this could be a real cost saver, and allow you to cater to a truly diverse audience. Even without a business this is a great resource. Sphere: Related Content

Frugal New Yorker

The other day, I wrote a post about traveling to NY on the cheap. I’m now leaving NY and thought I’d share one of the coolest frugal blogs about living in NY, THE PENNY PALATE. This blog delivers info that any food/fun loving NYer should know. Whether you need a cheap breakfast, wings, or a drink; you’ve got to check this out. The breakfast for $0.20 post is a good one. How about $0.10 wings?

So, check out the blog on your Internet enabled bus ride to the city. You’ll be ready to have fun when you arrive. Sphere: Related Content

Free stuff everyday

I like free stuff. If you do too, you should surf on over to Sweet Free Stuff. There, you will find something free everyday. From groceries to books, there’s tons of stuff.

Check it out.

The things here will not radically change your budget, they’re mostly samples, but many of the items are useful. Sphere: Related Content

Nov 17, 2008

You can’t eat this rice, but this may be the easiest and most fun you’ve ever had donating. In addition, you might learn something in the process. This is a great little time killer!

Suppose you need a break from the daily grind and you only have a few minutes. Go to Here, you’ll test and enhance your vocabulary while donating rice to feed the hungry worldwide.

According to the website, “FreeRice has generated enough rice to feed more than two million people since it started in October 2007.”

If you have kids, this is a great way for them to expand their vocabulary.

Check it out. Sphere: Related Content

Nov 16, 2008

Make a better French Fry, I dare you.

Last night, I ran to the supermarket to pick up some quick items. In line, just ahead of me, was a young man buying 2 bags of Ore Ida frozen french fries and ice cream. I wanted to tell him that he could save gobs of money by making his own fries, but I didn’t. Let’s do the math. He paid $3.50 per 32 oz. bag. That’s $0.11 per ounce.

Whole raw russet potatoes are $0.59 per pound or less than $0.04 per ounce ($0.036875 to be exact). That’s less than half the price. You may be wondering what about oil and salt. Vegetable oil (corn, peanut, or blend) is approximately $0.05 per ounce. Most likely you can reuse most of this oil, as your fries shouldn’t dirty the oil much.

So, what to do with the potatoes to make fries?

Step 1: First, wash your potatoes. Then cut them into fries. Be sure to make them all approximately the same size and shape. This step is critical, as you want them to cook uniformly. Larger pieces will take longer to cook than ones that are smaller, so if you have small slivers from ends, consider discarding them.

Step 2: After you have the uniformly cut pieces, you must wash them. Wash them in cold water either by running them under the tap or repeatedly submerging them. Wash them well, as you must wash the excess starch from the outside of the pieces. This will ensure that your fries are crisp and light in color.

Step 3: Dry your pieces! Use a kitchen towel. No need to waste a multiple paper towels. Drying ensures crispness, minimizes splattering from water being introduced to oil, and maximizes your ability to use the oil for the next time you have need to get your fry fix.

Step 4: Oil blanching. Blanching allows the inside of your fries to be cooked and tender. Add oil to a large pot, enough to cover your fries while leaving at least half of the pot empty. This ensures than when fries are added you will not overflow the pot. This should be done over medium low heat. Your oil should not be very hot. This step is not like traditional frying, there should be just a few bubbles coming from the fries once added. I usually turn off the flame when adding the fries; to ensure that oil splatter doesn’t create a fire.

SAFETY: When cooking with oil please remember the following,
1. Cover yourself. Don’t cook in the nude (not that you would) and don’t wear large loose sleeves, as they may be a hazard.

2. Keep a fire extinguisher handy. This is just a precaution, but if you turn off the flame when adding the fries you should be pretty safe. If you don’t have an extinguisher have plenty of flour or baking soda and a lid for the pot. DO NOT USE WATER ON A GREASE FIRE!!!!

Step 5: Keeping the flame on medium low, wait for your fries to float. This is your signal the inside of your potatoes are cooked. If you have kept you flame low, there should be very little browning.

Step 6: Remove the floaters from the oil and let them drain and cool. I use a stainless steel colander with a pie pan below. Once the oil drains into the pie pan, I add it back to the pot.

Step 7: Heat your oil until hot, not smoking. You can test if the oil is hot enough by placing one fry and seeing how fast it bubbles. This time you’re looking for real frying action. Once sufficiently hot, shut off your flame and add the whole batch of oil-blanched fries. Turn the flame back up. The fries are technically cooked, but now you’re going for the crisp outside. Cook the fries until, when you touch them with your slotted spoon, they “feel” hard on the outside.

Step 8: Line the colander with paper towels. Remove the crisp fries to the lined colander and immediately season (to ensure the seasoning sticks). Give a shake to ensure coverage. Salt is fine. Salt and pepper is better. Or, try this seasoning blend.
1 t Salt
½ t Pepper
½ t Onion powder
1 t Chili powder

That’s it. Enjoy! Sphere: Related Content

Nov 15, 2008

Travel Cheap

If you travel through the NE corridor of the US, let’s say Boston to DC, this is a tip for you.

For this example we’ll compare prices on a trip from DC to New York.

Forget flying at $192.00 one-way! Between the high ticket prices, long security lines, and the seemingly inevitable delays (especially in NY), flying in the NE is not really cost or time effective. Often people elect this option because it seems fast. While the actual flight is fast, once you add the time to get to the airport, check-in, pass security, fly, circle and land, and then the time to get from the burbs to the city; it’s not fast.

Forget Amtrak at $72.00 one-way! It’s amazing that our country can’t seem to get trains right. The trains are slow and often delayed because of CSX. The Accela train is a gimmick and even more of a waste of money.

So what should you do?

Catch the bus!

No, not Greyhound at $35 - $41. has the truly frugal solution. You can travel as low as $17 one-way without advance reservations. If you are willing to commit to a schedule you can get as low as $29.00 round-trip.

Aside from the low fares, some of these buses, which are clean and safe, have wireless Internet access during transit. If you have your laptop and some headphones you’ll be stylin’. Surf over to and watch you favorite new or old movie. Watch the episode of Dexter that you missed or refused to subscribe to Showtime to get. Do some work, surf the net, or check this blog for even more money saving tips.

Happy trails! Sphere: Related Content

Nov 14, 2008

Coupons, Coupons, Coupons

With the start of this blog, I’ve been looking around to see similar websites or blogs. I’ve found lots of talk about coupons. If you can work them, great, but I’ve never been much into coupon clipping (See post about Restaurant Depot ).
Here’s one of the best coupons sites I’ve seen.
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Nov 13, 2008

Buy a car at invoice price (or very near)

Most people aren’t buying cars in our current economy, but if you are… this tip is for you. I used to sell car in college and this information is very real world.
Ask for the invoice. This should be in a big binder with lots of other invoices for cars. On the invoice, usually toward the bottom, “HB” or “Hold Back” will be typed with a number next to it.  
The holdback is money paid back to the dealership, from the manufacturer, after the car is sold. Think about it as a rebate coupon for dealerships. It’s unlikely that a salesman or dealership will be willing to give any or much of that money to you, but you should be able to get the price with the holdback included and any rebates that come from the manufacturer.
Obviously, this only works for new cars. 
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Nov 7, 2008

Give yourself money

Since high school, I’ve had a water bottle. You know, the 5-gallon, big one. It used to be a glass one, but now it’s plastic. I try to empty my pocket of change each day, but quarters are hard for me, they’re useful. This is a simple tip. Use it and you’ll be amazed at the amount money you accumulate. This tip is well known, but let me tell you, a glass bottle is better. Even if you want a few quarters, for parking, you’ll be hard pressed to overturn and shake such a heavy bottle. Sphere: Related Content

Nov 6, 2008

Free Internet access. Free ISP (Internet Service Provider)

In a previous post, I briefly wrote about “catching” a free wireless signal, either by chance, with an unsecured wireless connection, or at most pubic libraries and schools. While I’m frugal, I’m not giving up my high-speed connection, just yet. But, if you’re connecting via dial-up, you may be able to save some cash, connecting to the Internet for free.

If you’re considering this, please keep in mind that you will be hit with a few ads when connecting. Also, you’ll be limited to dial-up speeds. But, if you’re an infrequent net surfer, basically checking email and reading this blog, this may be an effective cost cutting measure for you.

United Online, the parent company of NetZero and Juno offers up to 10 hours of free Internet access through Net Zero at this link. If you POP, grab your mail quickly by a mail client, 10-hours/ month should be more that enough time for basic use. With this free access, you will not be supplied an email address, but that’s not a big issue as Google offers free mail and POP access through gmail at this link.

If you need more than 10 hours of access, you’ll have to research your local options. ISP Bargains has a list of options organized by state.

Take a look. See if this can work for you.

Even if you opt not to ditch your ISP for something free, signing up for free access could be useful as a backup. An example of this usefulness would be in the case of a power outage. Provided that you have a laptop with a charged battery and your landline is a standard line, not VOiP through your cable or phone company, you can make calls without electrical power. This call could be from your computer to an ISP, giving you access to the Internet. Sphere: Related Content

Nov 5, 2008

Half off Food and Groceries!

If you have a really large family, this deal is an easy one for you. If you’re in a small family or an individual, you may need to find a few friends to pull this one off. Regardless of size, you will need a business license or tax-exempt certificate from your non-profit. Is that hard, with so many fully or partially self-employed people in our new economy? I’m sure you know someone. Get your church or social group involved. Find a few like-minded people. Use the previous blog post Start a Business for Free.

No standard supermarket will be able to come close to the prices you’ll get at Restaurant Depot on staples like pasta, rice, or potatoes, not to mention bath tissue or paper towels. How cheap, you ask. In this month’s Northeast flyer (see for yourself), ground chuck is $1.85/lb. I don’t know where you shop, but that’s almost half price. Thinking of the season, turkeys are $0.99/lb. I suspect that you’re paying at least $1.50. To add to the savings, because Restaurant Depot is wholesale, there’s no sales tax. What’s the catch? Well… it’s a big one. Aside from the business stuff mentioned previously, the box is big. This place is made for restaurants. And while you can buy one turkey, what would a restaurant do with one chicken? Expect 30 chickens in a box.

Just writing that reminds me of a friend in college that had this friend that worked for a poultry company, who convinced us to chip in and get an obscene amount of wings at some ridiculous price. At the time, I had a thing for Buffalo wings. When it was all over, I couldn’t eat chicken for a year.

No, not again! As much as I like chicken, I can’t eat a whole chicken everyday, nor do I have the freezer space for that much chicken. Yes, this is where your friends come in. Any friend, group of friends, or newly found friends (because of this plan), that cook or have a family will gladly share low prices with you. Be communal about it. Pool your money together and get lots of stuff.

If you’re going communal and have a designated shopper for the group, consider giving that person a 10-20% discount on their purchases. It’s only right, as there’s some work to be done at Restaurant Depot. All of the sizes are large, there’s travel to and from, and occasionally shopping at Restaurant Depot can be a bit stressful. Maybe the business owners are stressed seeing money go out the door, but you should be whistling a sweet, sweet tune. If you’re the designated shopper, please remember the following:
• Eat before you go. You’ll need the energy for walking, lifting, and packing.
• Take a winter coat. Even if it’s 115 degrees outside. Restaurant Depot has a walk-in cooler and freezer section that will chill your bones. Really!
• Leave you coupons at home. They’re not going to take them, but at these prices, who cares?
• Be prepared to wander. Sometimes things are not where they’re listed.
• Pick up some extra plastic storage bags. You’ll need them.
• Keep your membership card with you and handy. You’ll need it when entering the building and again to check out.
• Shop for the specials. In general the best deals are seasonal and excess supply. If you are willing to be a generalist, you’ll get a better deal. One cut of meat, as opposed to another, may be on sale this week.

Go forth and save! Sphere: Related Content

Nov 4, 2008

Start a Business for Free...

It all depends on where you live.
There are many reasons one might start a business, from a brilliant idea, to selling items on eBay. The free part, this time, is just the business setup. You should, of course, do your homework. Learn the business you’re in and have a good business plan including strategies and financials; to ensure your business’s success.
So, on to the free… Setting up an LLC is a simple process in most states. If you live in Alabama, California, Colorado, Maryland, Michigan, Montana, or Ohio you might even make some change. If you want a primer on LLC’s just Google Search “benefits of LLC”.
Once you’re ready, simply visit the Secretary of State webpage for your state or to see a list of state filing fees nicely compiled by ISG Telecom , visit this link . If your state is less than $75.00, you’re in luck. File the form either online, by mail, or in person. In person is usually faster. The form is relatively simple. If you can read, write, and have a concept of your business, you can file this form. Then go to your bank to get the cash back.
Most banks offer a referral for opening a business account. Your newly formed business will need an account. Bank of America, for example, offers $50.00 for the referral. Wachovia Bank gives $75.00 (I saw a placard in a branch), and your local bank may have a similar or better deal. Yes, there’s usually a minimum deposit and there may be some terms or conditions. Check with your bank for details.
That’s it.
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Nov 2, 2008

Pizza (Saving while making dough)

I love pizza! And it’s cheap! Ever wonder why there are so many pizza restaurants? I usually use the same dough recipe, which takes about a day. I was going to write a complete post about making pizza dough and sauce, but why do the parts that I can get for free? Hey I like free too.

I scoured the Internet for a recipe and method that would easily describe the hardest part, making dough. You can search yourself. On first read, many of the recipes seem a little dubious, but here’s a gem from a nice little blog that I can relate to called Fun Foods on a Budget. Stephanie does a quick and easy dough that almost anyone can make. Why bother with tons of work? Check it out (link). Divide the dough in half and make 2 pizzas, Half bake one and freeze it for later.

Need a quick and easy sauce from our grocery list try:

Pizza Sauce

1 Can 6 in 1 Ground Tomato
2 teaspoon Sugar
½ Onion Finely Chopped
3-5 Cloves of Garlic
1 Tablespoon Olive oil
1 teaspoon Basil
Salt and Pepper to taste

Cook this sauce before you make the dough in the recipe above to allow time for the sauce to cool.
1. Heat a dry sauce pan on medium heat
2. Add Oil, Onion, and Garlic
3. Cook until translucent maybe a little brown
4. Add 6 in1 Ground Tomato
5. Stir in Basil and Sugar
6. Bring to a simmer
7. Reduce heat and allow to cool
Now follow the pizza crust recipe. If you have too much sauce, save it for later or make more pizza.

Doing the math:

This is at least 2 to 3 servings per pizza, bringing the cost down to under $1.50 per serving. At these prices, you can throw in a salad. Enjoy! Sphere: Related Content

Nov 1, 2008

What’s for Breakfast?

Breakfast, the most important meal of the day, comes at the worst time. You’re rushing to get out the door, but you need to eat. Should you stop at McDonalds or just grab coffee and a donut from who knows where? How about a real meal? Nice strips of crisp bacon, some home fries, eggs, and toast. The toast and the egg seem fast enough but I know you’re thinking…. home fries maybe on the weekend.

You can have it all quickly, maybe faster than driving to and through McDonalds.

Your secret weapon… the microwave. I know that you’re thinking the only good things that come out of a microwave are popcorn and left-overs, but here... two more uses.

Home Fried Potatoes
You can quickly make these potatoes each time you want them for breakfast or you can make a batch, store individual servings, and have them as fast as you can re-heat. You could purchase frozen potatoes at $3-5 for 20 oz (4-6 servings), but you can have pounds for that price. Really! A 5lb bag of potatoes is less money. See shopping list is the first Eat for less than $5 per day post.

1 medium to large raw potato
1 T Oil (Vegetable, Olive, Corn, or Peanut, DO NOT USE BUTTER)
Seasoning to Taste

1. Wash potato by hand under cold running water
2. Use a fork to poke holes to pierce the skin. These holes don’t need to be deep, but you should get them around the potato. 4-5 pokes should be good. These holes ensure that when microwaved, the potato will not explode.
3. Place the potato into the microwave oven. There’s no need to cover it or even place it on a dish. It should be fine all by itself.
4. Microwave the potato for 3-7 minutes. I wish that I could give you an exact time, but I don’t know how big of a potato you have or the power of your microwave. You’ll know that it’s done when you use the fork to poke the now microwaved potato and it’s no longer hard. Ideally you want the potato cooked and still slightly firm, but not mushy.
5. Heat a dry skillet on medium high heat atop the stove.
6. WARNING: After being microwaved that potato is HOT! Remove the potato from the microwave with an oven mitt or towel to a cutting board.
• If you’re prepping this ahead of time for the week and you’re making batches, you can let the potato cool so that it’s easier to work
7. Cut the potato into bite size pieces
8. Add the potato pieces to the dry heated pan in one layer. Do not crowd your pan. Do not stir!
9. Drizzle oil over the layer of potatoes. Do not stir!
10. Reduce heat to medium and wait until the bottoms of you potato pieces start to brown. You’ll see some color around the sides of the pieces.
11. Once browned on one side, give the pan a shake and a gentle stir to move the potatoes to another side.
12. Add salt and pepper. You can also add chopped onions and peppers now, or just sprinkle with a little onion powder
Aside from the initial microwaving preparation time is about 2-3 minutes. If you want to batch this, just remember not to place more than one loose layer of potatoes in your pan per batch.

Makin’ Bacon
I like crisp straight bacon, like the bacon I see on TV ads or the pre-cooked bacon in supermarkets these days. Hello again to my friend the microwave. It’s easy and clean up is a breeze. Use a plate, oven safe or paper, NOT Styrofoam. Cover the plate with a paper towel. Layout your strips of bacon on the paper towel. Place another paper towel on top. You could repeat this with a second or third layer of paper towels and bacon. I’ve done up to 4 layers at once. Just remember that you‘ll always want a layer of paper towel on top an bottom. Microwave the bacon on high for approximately 1 minute/ slice. This time will vary depending of the thickness of your bacon slices, power of your microwave and the amount of bacon on the plate. 45 seconds per slice could be enough, but each time you stop the microwave to check it will lengthen the cook time. After your first attempt at this, you’ll be a pro. If you over cook it the first time, you can save slightly overdone pieces for bacon bits on a salad. Once done, use a pair of tongs or chopsticks to remove the hot bacon from the paper towel. You may notice a lot of grease on the paper towel. Let it cool before you discard it. Excess cooked bacon (DON’ T EAT ALL OF IT) can be placed in a plastic bag or wrapped in aluminum foil and enjoyed later. Sphere: Related Content