Perfect Bacon Bowl: Does it work?

Bacon lovers across the country are curious about a new product that turns bacon into an edible bowl for serving salads, eggs, even burgers.

In putting "Perfect Bacon Bowl" to the test, I decided to see how well my own do-it-yourself method performed when it comes to bending bacon into shape.

The Perfect Bacon Bowl looks like a traditional citrus reamer with the point cut off. The As Seen On TV commercial is very compelling, perhaps because it features one of America's favorite foods. You wrap bacon strip around the hard heat-resistant plastic bowl, and cook.

You can use either a conventional oven, a toaster oven or microwave. You get two bowls in the set. (I paid $11) Each bowl requires three strips of bacon to make the bacon bowl. Cut the first piece in half- and criss cross the strips across the top. Wrap strip number two around the base, fat side up. Wrap strip number three around the base overlapping strip two. Place on microwave-safe plate, cover with paper towel to avoid spatters, cook in the microwave on high for two minutes and 30 seconds.

Since microwave ovens vary, I needed more cooking time. The instructions say you're to continue cooking in 30 second increments until the bacon is cooked to your taste. My Perfect Bacon Bowl took three and a half minutes to cook, but the results were just as the commercial claimed.

Why wouldn't the same concept work with utensils you already have in your kitchen, like a silicone baking cup? I followed the same instructions, wrapping a small silicone cupcake liner with strips of bacon and popping it in the microwave. My DYI method took a full 2 minutes longer that Perfect Bacon Bowl for the bacon to get done, and I seemed to get more shrinkage but my bacon came out perfectly cooked and in the shape of a bowl. And take my word, all the bowls looked and tasted delicious!

If you have the time and proper utensils- you can make a bowl out of bacon on your own. That said, I found the Perfect Bacon Bowl does work. It's one of the few products I've tested that I'd give a rating of 4 stars on a scale of 1 to 4- based on how it stands up to the hype. Just remember- each bowl calls for 3 strips of bacon. Something to consider when you're factoring in total calories after you fill the bowl!