Can You Freeze Bacon?

People love bacon! In fact, it’s found in a third of all breakfasts in the UK. So if for some reason you’ve actually got some leftover bacon or perhaps just want to have an emergency stash then perhaps you need to ask yourself: Can you freeze bacon?

The Quick Answer

You can freeze bacon for around 2 months. You should wrap bacon in greaseproof paper before bagging up to freeze.

You can use the links below to jump through this article if you need help with how to go about freezing bacon, how to defrost it or whether it’s actually worth doing in the first place:

How to Freeze Bacon

Don’t grab a packet and toss it straight into the freezer. You’ll end up with a bacon brick that isn’t helpful in any way. Instead, follow these simple instructions to have perfectly frozen bacon rashers which you can grab as and when you need them.

  1. Prepare Greaseproof Paper
    Take a piece of greaseproof paper and lay it out on the worktop. You’ll want roughly 20cm of greaseproof paper for each rasher of bacon you want to freeze.
  2. Wrap
    Place one rasher of bacon on the end of the greaseproof paper (along the shorter edge), then fold the bacon over with the greaseproof paper so that it is now completely covered in paper.
  3. Repeat
    Now place your next rasher on top and repeat the process. Keep going until you’ve got all your bacon rashers covered.
  4. Freeze
    Place the greaseproof paper packet into a freezer bag and store.

You can now grab a rasher or two as and when you need it.

How to Freeze Bacon Grease

Some might turn their nose up at the thought of cooking potatoes or vegetables in bacon fat – but don’t knock it until you’ve tried it. Admittedly, it’s not particularly healthy, but it adds a rich and salty flavour to the blandest of vegetables as a treat.

Bacon fat will actually keep in an airtight container in the fridge for a good 4 to 6 months. But freezing it can double that shelf life. Follow the guide below to perfectly freeze your bacon grease:

Freezing bacon grease lends itself to the ice cube tray method as it allows you to create perfect portions of ready to use bacon fat. Strain the bacon fat (you don’t want any bits) into a jug.

  1. Pour into Ice Cubes
    Pour the bacon fat into an ice cube tray so that each cube of the tray is around two-thirds filled.
  2. Flash Freeze
    Place in the freezer for several hours until the cubes have hardened.
  3. Final Freeze
    Once solid, remove the tray and pop the bacon grease cubes out. You can now place them into a freezer bag for easy storage.

3 Tips for Freezing Bacon

Now you know how to freeze it, we’ve got our 3 top tips which we strongly recommend following when freezing bacon to have the best results:

  • Check the Dates – Before freezing bacon, check the date on the packaging to ensure it is well within the use-by date. Bacon will not improve in the freezer, so it’s vital that you freeze good-quality, fresh bacon. 
  • Use Greaseproof Paper – Greaseproof paper will make it super easy to grab a rasher as and when you need it without each piece sticking together. 
  • Don’t Forget the Grease – Although unhealthy, bacon fat is delicious for cooking potatoes or vegetables in. Don’t let the fat go to waste and instead freeze it into ice cubes that can be used in cooking. 

How Long Can You Freeze Bacon?

Unfortunately, even when frozen, the bacon won’t keep indefinitely in the freezer. We would recommend using it up within 2 months to have it at its best.

The good news is that bacon grease will freeze for ages. In fact, you can keep your bacon grease cubes in the freezer for around a year.

As always, it’s vital that you label everything you freeze so you know when it needs to be used.

You Can Freeze Bacon for up to 3 Months

How Do You Defrost Bacon?

With bacon rashers, you have two options when it comes to defrosting.

The first option is an easy but slow method. Take out the rashers you want to eat, put them on a plate and leave them in the fridge overnight to defrost. Once defrosted overnight, you can cook it how you normally would.

The second option is the quicker method. Line a microwave-safe dish with a kitchen paper, place your bacon in the dish and then cover with another piece of kitchen paper. Use the defrost function on your microwave and get it thawed.

Generally speaking, you want to use the microwave for 5 minutes for every 450g of weight. With only a few bacon rashers, this will only take a matter of minutes.

Can You Refreeze Bacon?

We would always advise being cautious when refreezing anything, and this applies especially to meat products. We would strongly recommend not refreezing meat as it can very easily and quickly harbour harmful bacteria. 

Does Bacon Freeze Well?

It certainly does. Like a lot of meat, you’ll actually struggle to tell the difference between whether an item has been frozen or is fresh. Just make sure you follow our method above to freeze your bacon in the best way.

Related FAQs

If you’ve still got questions about freezing bacon or bacon in general, then these may help:

Can You Freeze Bacon Wrapped Jalapenos?

Freezing bacon-wrapped jalapenos is perfectly safe to do. We would recommend laying them out on a tray to flash freeze them first. Once frozen, then place them into an airtight container to store them for the longer term.

Can You Freeze Bacon After Opening?

You certainly can. However, you will want to freeze it as soon after opening as you possibly can.

Can You Freeze Bacon Lardons?

Freezing bacon lardons (or even pancetta) is perfectly doable. First, line a baking tray and spread your lardons out on it. Cover the tray and place it in the freezer. Once frozen solid, remove the lardons from the tray and tip them into a bag. Now return the bag to the freezer. You can then grab as many or as little lardons as you need.

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