It is a heavy flat piece of cast iron with a wooden handle attached.
Often used as a restaurant tool, bacon presses are becoming more and more popular in homes.
They are a treat to have around and they make bacon cooking easier.
When used correctly these can make cooking bacon safer as well by reducing the amount of popping grease.
Cooking your bacon can go much faster when you remember to heat up the press in the pan first. The hot cast iron of the press will cook your bacon from one side and the pan will cook it on the other.
There are basically three types of bacon presses:
The rectangle presses (like the one shown in the images on this page) are great if the pan you normally cook your bacon on is square.
The round presses can really cover a round pan almost completely if you get the size right.
The novelty ones are often shaped like a pig or have the word "bacon" on them. These can be fun to look at and use, but due to their shape are often less effective than the ones which are shaped more traditionally.
This is the tool we featured on this page. Wooden handle, cast iron base. 8.25 x 4.25 inches.