1 pound bacon
Cooking methods are listed from messiest to neatest.
To fry: Heat skillet over medium high heat. Lay bacon slices in bottom of pan without overlapping. You will have to do at least a couple batches to cook the whole package. Cover with a lid to prevent getting splattered with hot grease. Flip bacon over and cook on other side until browned nicely. Place cooked bacon on a layer of paper towels to drain.
To bake: Heat oven to 400. Place bacon on broiler pan without overlapping slices. Bake for 15 minutes, flip then bake approximately another 5 minutes until crispy. Place cooked bacon on a layer of paper towels to drain.
To microwave: Layer 5 paper towels on microwave turntable. Place 5 slices of bacon on top without overlapping. Place 2 paper towels over top. Microwave on high for 3 minutes and check for done-ness. Add more time if needed. Place cooked bacon on a fresh layer of paper towels to drain.
Cook the entire package and place unused slices in a ziplock bag and keep in freezer until ready to use. To make bacon bits, place cooked bacon in a food processor and pulse until chopped, or crumble by hand when cooled.