Bacon: Can it be frozen?
- Paul Lukas
In a fit of generosity from which I'm still reeling, a friend has sent me a sampler of 13 different packs of bacon. Obviously, I can't eat it all at once (altho it would be fun to try..), so I'm wondering if bacon is OK to freeze. I mean, I'm not sure why it *wouldn't* be OK, but I've never encountered frozen bacon before, so I'm just making sure.
And if it can be frozen, for how long?
Knee-deep in pork,
Bacon freezes really well. Just make sure to wrap it well to protect it from the dreaded freezer burn. And it's also a good idea to separate "serving portions" of the bacon with parchment or freezer paper so you don't have to defrost the whole brick o' bacon if you just need a few slices. Yum. Bacon.
Thanks so much for this tip! We tried it this weekend with some frozen bacon that we wanted for quiche. hubby was very skeptical, didn't think he'd be able to cut through the frozen block of bacon, but was very impressed with how well it worked. He postulated it's because the fat in the bacon doesn't freeze solid.
WHen it was cooking he was again skeptical because the pan was so full, but it cooked down wonderfully. And we got perfectly sized small bacon chunks, perfect for quiche!
I threw a pork party last weekend for a friends 50th
1 1/2lbs smoked bacon
a 1 1/2 ft long entire pigs belly stuffed with sage and skin on garlic
All from my local organic butcher in London
I interject this only as I know that Abbylovi will be sickly green with envy:-)
Catie is right - bacon freezes quite well. If you have vacuum sealed packages (ie, a pound) you don't need to worry about freezer burn. I learned a trick that works well for bacon that's opened: seperate the slices and roll each one up, then wrap very tightly in plastic wrap, 2 layers. Then put the little nuggets into a freezer baggie, squeeze all the air out and freze. Then you can thaw just as many slices as you need, leaving the rest frozen. Enjoy!
Me thinks you received the Grateful Palate gift pack? Yum. Christmas gift to my husband.
Don't worry. It will freeze well in its original wrapping.
I've been freezing bacon for years. I don't know how long you can freeze it, I just know that I've never had problems with freezer burn and, no matter how long it's been in there, it always seems to be good.
The way I freeze it: I pull out a long strip of plastic wrap and lay it on the counter. Place the bacon strips on it, slightly apart (the plastic wrap should be just a little wider than the bacon, so it works out just fine). Then lay another piece of plastic wrap on the top. Fold the bacon up accordion fashion, then put in a zip-lock bag. This way you can unfold just a few slices and use them. They defrost in just a few minutes.