There’s an easy way to separate strips of bacon stuck together in a shrink-wrapped package. Simple roll the package lengthwise into a cylinder, then flatten it out again. Then open the package and remove the desired number of strips, which will now be less tightly packed.
To add flavor to oven-fried bacon, give it a maple glaze. When the bacon has reached a nice golden brown shade and is almost done cooking, pour off most of the grease and drizzle maple syrup over each strip. Return the tray to the oven and continue cooking for 2 to 3 minutes, or until the maple syrup begins to bubble.
It can be difficult to use up a pound of bacon before it becomes rancid. Freezing is the best way to preserve it, but if frozen in the original package, it’s impossible to later remove just a few slices at a time. To solve the dilemma, roll up the bacon in tight cylinders, each with two to four slices of bacon. Place the cylinders in a zipper-lock bag and place the bag flat in the freezer. (Once the slices are frozen, the bag can be stored as you like.) When bacon is needed, simply pull out the desired number of slices and defrost.