This Under-$20 Gadget Is My Secret to Cooking Mess-Free Bacon

Grease and sauce splatters, be gone!

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June 14, 2021

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Whenever I start to crave homemade sauce or get excited about preparing brunch for friends, my enthusiasm is quickly dampened. I fear the hot grease popping onto my arms as I attempt to flip bacon (my roommates always laugh as I stand with my body positioned as far away from the stove as possible). And no one likes to deal with the sprinkles of red sauce splashing around the kitchen. The mess is inevitable, usually extending from the stove top to the microwave and counters — how does it even get up there?

I know some people love cooking bacon in the oven, but I can never get it to the perfect level of crispiness and often end up with bacon too burnt to enjoy. I started thinking that there must be a solution to my stove-top predicament. (I’ve tried using oven mitts as arm shields, but they don’t have the best grip!)

My research brought me to the Frywall Splatter Guard, which claims to prevent whatever’s popping in the pan from making its way to other surfaces, be it your body or your counter. The company says it completely blocks fine oils that other splatter screens let through but still lets steam escape freely. It’s also claims to stop spillover, which is helpful when sautéing lots of veggies and greens in a packed pan.

The concept of frying, simmering and sautéing with an uncovered pan while still keeping your stovetop spotless sounds highly intriguing to us. We can see ourselves using this for deep-fried delicacies like fried chicken and latkes as well as pan-fried burgers, steaks, bacon, bubbling tomato sauce or that huge pile of greens that always tumbles onto the stovetop.

The Frywall fits eight-, ten- and twelve-inch pans (and comes in a variety of colors!), so make sure you pick the one that will work best for your needs before checking out. The company claims the silicon can sustain temperatures up to 450 degrees F and can be rolled up for compact storage. It’s dishwasher safe, making it easy to clean, too.

A mess-free counter makes me much less apprehensive about cooking and cleaning up, so maybe I’ll work up the nerve to try some new recipes with the Frywall without the threat of hot grease flying at me. Yummy bacon, here I come!

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