Can bacon be frozen after it has been cooked?
Want an easy way to keep bacon fresh? The best way to keep bacon is to freeze it.
Most people know that uncooked bacon can’t be frozen, but packages of bacon that haven’t been opened can. It turns out that bacon can be cooked and frozen for later use in the kitchen.
ButcherBox’s uncured bacon tastes great in any dish because it doesn’t have any sugar, nitrates, or nitrites added.
The Best Way to Freeze Cooked Bacon?
It’s important to put cooked bacon in a cold place like a freezer or refrigerator as soon as possible after it’s done cooking.
Bacteria grow quickly at room temperature, so cooked bacon that has been sitting out for more than two hours should be thrown away.
Use freezer bags with a strong zipper if you want your cooked bacon to stay fresh in the freezer. It can be kept for a long time, but you’ll get the most out of it if you eat it within three months.
When bacon is cooked after being frozen, it can be kept in the fridge for a few days. Bacon that has gone bad in the freezer or feels slimy is not safe for people to eat.
Now that we know it’s safe to freeze cooked bacon, we can explain the process.
How to Freeze Cooked Bacon
1. Batch Cook the Bacon by Baking It
First, you’ll need to cook up some bacon. If you want a lot of bacon for the freezer, you should bake it instead of pan-frying it, which works well for smaller amounts.
Before adding the bacon, heat the oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit and line a large baking sheet with foil. If you put a wire cooling rack on top of the sheet pan, the bacon will get even crispier. You shouldn’t worry if you don’t have one. Even so, the bacon will taste wonderful.
Arrange the bacon in a single layer on the rack or baking pan. Don’t crowd the pieces together. To do this, you need to keep the bacon in a single layer.
Since oven temperatures can vary and some people like chewy bacon while others like it crispy, the best time to bake bacon is somewhere between 15 and 30 minutes. But after 15 minutes, you should check to see if it’s done the way you like.
2. Flash-Freeze the Bacon With Wax Paper
Now is the time to freeze your cooked bacon. Line a second sheet pan with wax paper, and arrange the cooked bacon strips in a single layer without touching. If you cooked more than one batch of bacon, you can stack wax paper and strips of bacon to use up all of it.
Wrap your bacon again in wax paper. Put in the freezer for at least two hours and up to a whole night.
3. Bag It In a Freezer Bag and Put It In The Freezer
Cooked bacon that has been frozen won’t stick together in a freezer bag with a zip-top, so it’s safe to move it there. You can keep this for up to six months.
How to Cook with Frozen Bacon
If you cooked your bacon before freezing it or froze it raw, there are some things you can do to make it taste as fresh and crisp as when you first ate it.
Bacon that has already been cooked and frozen can be defrosted in the fridge overnight and then heated gently in the dish of your choice, or it can be heated straight from the freezer for 30 seconds.
It can be eaten on the go as a quick breakfast or crumbled on top of other foods to make them taste better.
All of these recipes need frozen bacon.
- Apple Tart with Bacon Fig Syrup
- Epic Burger with 15 Ingredient Bacon Jam
- Bacon and Gruyere Kugel
- Cauliflower Bacon Soup
- Paleo Colcannon
- Pan-Seared Top Sirloin Steaks with Bacon and Brussels Sprouts Hash
By following these tips and methods for freezing bacon, you can always have good bacon on hand, like the uncured, sugar-free bacon from heritage breed hogs that ButcherBox sells.