Easy Bacon Cooking! Part 2

A long time a go I posted about cooking bacon in the microwave. It involved a lot of paper towels, a bit of a mess, and a few minutes of time. Well, times have changed. I now cook my bacon in the oven. It takes longer (about 35 minutes) but there is not nearly the mess, it tastes better, and more can be cooked at once.

I set the oven for 350° F, place a cooling rack in a baking sheet pan, fill it with bacon, slide it in, and wait. It takes about 35 minutes to get the bacon to perfect crispiness. The meat is perfectly cooked and the fat melts. Your times may need adjusted depending on your oven.

I can fit 10 slices on my half sheet pans quite easily. I cook a bunch and stick it in a bag in the fridge for when I want bacon without the hassle. Another benefit is the grease gets collected in the pan to be saved for other uses. When cooled a bit, I pour it off into a jar to be saved in the fridge for later use.

Give it a try next time you need to cook bacon or you need to cook a lot of bacon at once.

Glove Strap

Empty Glove Strap

This weekend’s simple project is a glove strap. I have six spare pairs of gloves in my bag and no good way to keep them together. Two of the pairs are identical gloves but in different sizes and I need a quick way to locate a pair and get them out.

What I came up with is a piece of parachute cord and a cord lock. That’s it. Nothing else.

Full Glove StrapI think I’m going to make up a few extras and put them on the gloves I keep in my pockets too. I usually keep one pair that I wear on each call in one set of pockets and a spare pair that I don’t wear too often in another pocket.

Also this weekend, I picked up a set of tools to keep in my pockets. I’ll do a separate post about those and the building of a pocket organization system.

Supplier: OnlineMetals.com

Today’s featured supplier is OnlineMetals.com

I have used their small quantity/custom length services for years now. If you need any type of metal or plastic in a smaller quantity, odds are they have it. The prices (before shipping) are pretty comparable to what I find locally too. The difference is I cannot locally find a lot of the materials they carry. Chances are pretty good if I do find it locally, it is cheaper to buy a full stick of material than to pay for a cut too. This is exactly the niche where Online Metals excels – small pieces of specialty or hard to get materials. Take a look around the website to see what they have that you may need in the future. Make sure you file it away so you can find them when you need some material for your next project.

Shop Supplies

Finding sand paper for working on the truck proved a bit difficult. I ordered some roll of 6″ discs in 80 and 120 grit from www.mcmaster.com but they didn’t have the 36 grit I had been using and of which I wanted more. After shopping around online, I ended up finding rolls of 40 grit for about $20 for 100 discs. Not a bad price, but not exactly what I wanted and I wanted them now so I decided to try locally. Everyone, I tried five stores, sold job packs of 5 discs, but only in 5″ size and only in grits I already had or didn’t need. I finally got the suggestion to try a refinishing supply place (not sure why I didn’t think of that). They had exactly what I was looking for but for ridiculous prices, a box of 100 was $150 (which would last me a lifetime) and a pack of 5 was around $11. I got two packs which should get me through the truck and if I need more, I will be ordering them.

On the other hand, shopping for dust masks and ear plugs, the opposite was true – local prices were lower than ordering them online. I got a case of 3M N95 masks for less than I could find them any where online. I also got a case of ear plugs from a local industrial distributor for more than $5 less than I could find them online.

It pays, or saves, to shop around.

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