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How To Freeze Bacon

YOU can Freeze Bacon and SAVE MONEY and TIME. It’s EASY and TAKES ABOUT 5 MINUTES! Buy your bacon on sale and then when you know how to freeze bacon, you’ll be saving a TON! 

quart size bag of frozen bacon on blue towel

Why This Recipe Works? 

  • Fast
  • Easy
  • Saves Money!

How It’s Done

STEP 1.

Label the freezer bag with today’s date, how many and what is in the bag. You may also want to put a “USE BY” date that is 6 months to 1 year from now.

hand labeling freezer bag with sharpie marker and bacon

 

STEP 2.

Place the bacon Into the Freezer Bag

hands putting bacon into bag

 

STEP 3.

Close the freezer bag and squeeze out as much air as you can.

two hands sealing the bag for the freezer

How To Freeze Bacon

To freeze bacon, first place the bacon into the freezer bag and lay them as flat as possible. Squeeze out as much air from the bag as you can. Label the freezer bag with today’s date, how many and what is in the bag. You may want to put a “USE BY” date for 6 months to 1 year from now. 

Freeze Bacon How Long?

Freeze whole cuts of bacon like steaks, ribs, roasts, et., wrapped well with no air in the package (as described below), kept at zero degrees for up to a year. You Can Freeze ground bacon for 6 months. 

How To Cook Bacon From Frozen?

To cook bacon from frozen, you’ll have to thaw the bacon slightly to separate the pieces from one another. Do this by either microwaving the block of bacon in 1 minute intervals OR put the bacon into a sealable plastic bag and float the bag in a large bowl of warm water until you are able to separate the bacon. Then peel the bacon from the frozen block and cook as usual. 

Steps For How To Cook Bacon From Frozen…

  1. Thaw the bacon block enough so that you can remove the number of slices you want by either microwaving the block in 1 minute intervals until you are able to remove a slice OR place the entire block into a resealable plastic bag and float in a large bowl of warm water. 
  2. Cook the bacon as usual once you have removed it from the block of bacon. 

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Frequently Asked Questions (FAQ’s)

Can You Freeze Raw Bacon? 

Yes! You can freeze raw bacon and it only takes a few minutes to do! The next time you find bacon on sale or you are not going to be able to eat the meat you bought! Simply put it in a freezer bag, label it and put it in the freezer!

Can I Freeze Bacon In Its Original Package? 

Yes, you can. Only freeze it this way for a short time (a week or two). If you want to freeze it for longer, follow the instructions listed below in the recipe card. 

How Long Can You Keep bacon in the Freezer? 

Frozen meat is generally good for 4 months – 1 year, however, according to the USDA, meat kept at 0 degrees is good indefinitely. To be safe though, I don’t keep meat for more than a year and I check it for freezer burn before using if I know its been in there for a while! 

Is It Safe To Eat Two Year Old Frozen Bacon?

That really depends on how well the meat has been wrapped, how much air is in the package and how steady the temp has been in the freezer. If the meat has been kept solidly at 0 degrees, then it should be fine. If you notice many ice crystals, it is probably time to throw it out. 

Can You Freeze Cooked Bacon? 

Yes! Absolutely you can freeze cooked bacon. It is the same procedure as the raw bacon. Make sure to label your package and use it in the next 2 months or so.

Cooked bacon doesn’t keep frozen nearly as long as raw bacon, so take that into consideration in your dinner plans. Use it pretty quickly. 

How To Freeze Cooked Bacon

Use the same procedure as freezing raw bacon, put the bacon in a freezer bag, remove as much air as possible and label the bag. Freeze for up to 4 months. 

Does Freezing Bacon Make It Tough? 

Freezing does not make your bacon tough. Whatever quality of bacon you start with is the quality of bacon that you will end up with. 

How Long Can You Freeze Bacon

You can freeze bacon, if handled properly and kept at the right temperature for a year. 

How To Thaw Bacon

To thaw bacon, Fill a large bowl or a clean kitchen sink with tepid (room temperature) water. Place the frozen bacon in a sealable plastic bag. Place the bacon filled bag into the water. Turn the bacon over every 10 minutes and replace the water if it becomes cold. The bacon will thaw in about 20-40 minutes depending on how thick the package is. 

Does Freezing  Affect the Taste? 

Freezing bacon does not affect its taste as long as it has not been freezer burnt. Freezer burnt meat does not taste good. 

How To Freeze Bacon to Avoid Freezer Burn.

The main point is to avoid freezer burn …

  • Remove as much air as possible from the freezer bag. 
  • Make sure there are no holes in your freezer bag.
  • Keep t at a steady temp as close to 0 as possible. 

Is It Safe to Refreeze Thawed bacon That Has Already Been Frozen?

According to the USDA, it is safe as long as the meat has been handled properly. That said, my mother always taught me to NEVER do this. It is BEST to cook the meat and then freeze it if you are needing to store it for a while. 

Meat that has been refrozen after being thawed without being cooked first will lose some of its textural qualities and may have a slightly funny taste. Here is a great reference on freezing and refrigerating foods of various types. 

How To Know If Frozen Meat Is Bad

Look at the meat very well, is it covered with large amounts of ice crystals? Does the meat appear white and dry? How long has it been in the freezer?

If you notice….

The meat appears encased in ice crystals or frost

  • Meat is very light colored and dry
  • The meat has been in the freezer longer than 6 months.
  • There was a lot of air in the package.

Then, the meat might be bad and you should throw it out. 

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If You Want To Know More About Freezing Other Foods, Check Out….

How to Freeze Steak

Freeze Raw Beef

How to Freeze Chicken

 

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quart size bag of frozen bacon on blue towel

How to Freeze Bacon

Save MONEY, TIME and ALWAYS have bacon on hand! The easiest way to make use of bacon you won't use or when the store puts bacon on SALE!
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Course: main
Cuisine: American
Keyword: How to Freeze Bacon, freezing bacon
Prep Time: 2 minutes
Cook Time: 0 minutes
Total Time: 2 minutes
Servings: 8 servings
Calories: 236kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 1 lb bacon any variety or size slice

Instructions

  • Label the freezer bag with a sharpie marker to indicate what will be in the bag and how many. Label with today's date and a "USE BY" date (6 months to 1 year from now).
  • Place the bacon into the freezer bag and lay flat
  • Squeeze as much air as possible from the bag.
  • Seal the bag.
  • Place the bag of bacon into the freezer and lay flat so that they will freeze flat.

Notes

  • Use good quality freezer bags (this doesn't necessarily mean name brand).  Just check to make sure that the bag feels heavy and thick in your hand and that the seal works very well.
  • It's so easy to use the type of bag with the zippers, but I've had more bag failures with the zipper bags than with the press and seal type bags. 
  • Buy yourself a sharpie marker to keep in the kitchen in your "junk" drawer OR tape it to the front of your freezer bag box.  Then you'll always have one. 
  • The flater that you can make the bag, the better for saving space in your freezer. 
  • When putting things in the freezer, put the newer things on the bottom of the stack so that the older things are near the top and you'll use those first. 
  • Squeeze air out of the bag after you put the meat into the bag by rolling it up. Air in the bag will equal freezer burn later. 
PRO TIP:  Label the bag BEFORE you put the food in the bag.  It's so much easier to write on a bag with nothing in it BEFORE it has water or grease on it. 

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Freeze Bacon
Amount Per Serving
Calories 236 Calories from Fat 207
% Daily Value*
Fat 23g35%
Saturated Fat 8g40%
Cholesterol 37mg12%
Sodium 375mg16%
Potassium 112mg3%
Carbohydrates 1g0%
Protein 7g14%
Vitamin A 21IU0%
Calcium 3mg0%
Iron 1mg6%
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Moxie

Friday 27th of September 2019

Great way to save bacon!

Wendi Spraker

Friday 27th of September 2019

Thanks!

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