Adding bacon sprinkles to a dish is almost always a good idea. But cutting up greasy strips of bacon in an attempt at homemade bacon bits will leave you with a mess, not the perfectly salty squares you're after. Not to mention, store-bought bacon bits often contain "imitation bacon," something we'd rather do without.
The good news: There's an easy (and better) way to make your own bacon bits. Here's how to do it:
① Put the whole package of bacon in the freezer until it's partially frozen, about eight minutes. This step helps the strips keep their shape when you go to slice them.
② Use a chef's knife to slice the bacon into thin, long strips approximately the width of your thumbnail.
③ Turn the bacon 90 degrees and cut the strips again to make small squares.
④ Fry the pieces over medium to high heat until they're at your preferred level of crispiness.
Pro tip: Make a big batch and freeze the bacon bits in Ziploc bags, so you can easily add tiny tiles of flavor to your meals whenever you want.
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