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 how best to store it?
Can You Freeze Bacon?
Yes, you can freeze bacon for up to 2 months. To freeze bacon, you should wrap it in greaseproof paper before bagging it up to freeze.
Can You Refreeze Bacon? No
Does Bacon Freeze Well? Yes
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. Place the first rasher on the paper.
Now wrap the bacon by folding the greaseproof paper over the top of the first rasher of bacon so that it is now completely covered in paper.
Now place your next rasher on top of the covered rasher and repeat the process. Keep going until you’ve got all your bacon rashers covered.
4) Continue to the End of the Paper
You want to continue wrapping the bacon rashers until you have run out of paper and are left with a long sausage-shaped packet. Fold the edges over the seal the bacon in. You could hold this together with tape.
5) Bag Up and Freeze
Place the greaseproof paper packet into a freezer bag and store. Remember to write the contents on the bag (as you can’t them now they’re wrapped) alongside the date.
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.
- 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.
- Flash Freeze
Place in the freezer for several hours until the cubes have hardened.
- 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. 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 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.
If you’ve still got questions about freezing bacon or bacon in general, then these may help:
You certainly can. However, you will want to freeze it as soon after opening as you possibly can.
It is perfectly safe to freeze cooked bacon. However, it can be quite challenging to reheat as it will lose its crispy texture. Where possible, try to freeze bacon uncooked.
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 few lardons as you need.
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