MAKING BACON QUICKER, HEALTHIER IN MICROWAVE

If bacon is on your list of vices, there is good news brew. The meat may be a bit more sanitary than you think, and it is better to cook it in the microwave oven, some scientists claim. Paul Saltman, a biochemist at the University of California at San Diego, said at a meet of the american Chemical Society this calendar month that he encourages people to eat crimson meat because it is an excellent generator of hound metals that are vital to good health. Lean red kernel should be partially of low-fat meals, he says. While bacon surely is n’t a tilt kernel, it does include many trace metals.

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And a learn by Barbara Miller of the National Center for Toxicological Research in Jefferson, Ark., concludes that preparing bacon in a microwave oven rather of a frying pan can avoid producing cancer-causing substances called nitrosamines. Before we jump deeply into the frying pan with the bacon, however, we need to remember that many more studies and health agencies warn us to limit bolshevik kernel to lower our consumption of cholesterol and fat.

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But if we ‘re going to jump a little anyhow, the microwave oven does make common sense. Cooking bacon in the microwave oven is faster than in a frying pan, and the bacon strips are beautifully straightaway and long. To demonstrate the deviation, I experimented in preparing bacon three ways : conventionally in a frying pan and on a bacon rack and between newspaper towels in the microwave oven. Tasters, choosing blindly, liked the microwave oven versions better, particularly the bacon cooked between newspaper towels. They liked the even color, miss of greasiness, crunchy texture and flat shape. The raw bacon slices started at about 9 1/2 inches long. Those cooked in the frying pan curled and shrank the most, to about 6 1/2 inches. The towel wrapped, microwave oven version was about 7 inches ; the bacon rack translation in the microwave oven remained the longest, 7 1/2 to 8 inches. Cooking four slices of bacon over moderately low heat in a frying pan took about 8 minutes ; the lapp measure of bacon took 3 minutes in the microwave oven. — For this recipe for sugar-glazed bacon, a microwave-proof bacon or baking torment comes in handy. The sugar-loaded marinade will stick to composition towels. SUGAR-GLAZED BACON 3tablespoons brown sugar

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1/2teaspoon dry mustard 2tablespoons vinegar 1/2pound thick-sliced bacon Mix sugar, mustard and vinegar in 2-cup measure. Microwave on eminent ( 100 percentage power ) 30 seconds to dissolve carbohydrate ; bustle.

Put bacon strips, four at a time, on microwave-proof bake wrack. ( Do n’t use composition towels ; the marinade will stick. ) Baste both sides of bacon heavily with the sugar concoction. Microwave on eminent 3 minutes. Turn bacon and baste heavily again. Microwave on high 2 to 3 minutes more, until bacon is about dry but not burned and the marinade forms a ignite crust. recur with remaining bacon. — This colorful bean salad makes a all right light supper or accession to a buffet table.

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BEAN SALAD PROVENCAL 1 can ( 15 ounces ) white beans 1 can ( 15 ounces ) black beans 4 slices bacon 3 tablespoons olive petroleum 2 tablespoons cider vinegar

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1/4 teaspoon salt ( teaspoon newly ground pepper 1 large tomato, diced 1 modest crimson onion, diced 2 tablespoons minced fresh dill Wash and drain white and black beans individually in two colanders so the colors wo n’t bleed together. Set aside.

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Put bacon on paper or microwave-proof plate, with four paper towels underneath and one on lead. Microwave on high ( 100 percentage power ) 3 to 4 minutes. Set aside. whisk olive vegetable oil, vinegar, salt and capsicum in a 3-quart bowl. Gently mix in tomato, onion, white and black beans, dill and bacon, crumbled. Serve at room temperature or thinly chilled. If you have questions or comments about microwave fudge, write to Patricia Tennison, Food Department, Chicago Tribune, 435 N. Michigan Avenue, Chicago, Ill. 60611. Letters can not be answered personally .