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Freezing a slice or two of cooked bacon?

I see lots of posts that say, yes you can freeze uncooked bacon, which is good to know since I have a bunch of one-pound packs of uncooked bacon in my deep-freeze... But, a pound of bacon is a lot to consume at a time, especially in early January when it's still too early to abandon those New Year's Resolutions.

But, it's great to have an occasional piece of bacon handy to crumble over salad or to put in with green beans and such.

So, can I thaw my bacon, cook it, then freeze it in one or two-slice quantities? So I don't have to eat one pound, all at once?

~TDQ

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  1. I take a packet of bacon and separate and freeze the slices, uncooked, in two or three slice slabs, separated by layers of waxed paper and put the whole thing in a large ziploc bag. Then when I only want a slice or two, I just pull out one sheet from the bag. I haven't tried freezing cooked bacon because I don't think it would taste as good if it were precooked and the system I use is pretty convenient.

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    1. re: farmersdaughter

      Oh dear: the problem is we already have a freezer full of 1 lb packs of frozen, uncooked bacon. We like to know exactly where our food is coming from and the conditions under which it was raised, so we buy the pig directly from the people who raise it; then give the butcher instructions on how to package it for us. I cannot imagine asking the butcher to package it in 2 or 3 slice slabs!

      So, I'm discouraged to hear you don't think it would be as good frozen after having been cooked. :(

      ~TDQ

    2. I think Emeril freezes bacon individually on sticks so he can enjoy the pork fat as a tasty, frozen snack.

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      1. re: Leper

        And who doesn't enjoy a bacon-scicle now and then. This is encouraging!

        ~TDQ

      2. i'll try to remember to report back in a couple days . . . a few weeks ago that's exactly what i did for the first time with some cooked bacon - froze it in individually wrapped two slice packets - and i was planning on taking some out this weekend to see how it survived.

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        1. re: cookie monster

          Excellent, thank you! I appreciate any pointers. :)

          ~TDQ

          1. re: cookie monster

            any luck cookie?
            i had someone send me a gift of some 2 lb slabs, and i'd like to cook, freeze, and then retrieve.
            I will try the microwave idea from below, but i'm interested in other options too.

          2. Yes, once a food is cooked it can be refrozen. You can freeze cooked slices of bacon...heck, way easier to chop and crumble when frozen.

            A great idea too, freeze even a single leftover cooked slice, better than eating it to save leftovers! A sec on the lips and YEARs on the hips! *smile*

            1. I cook it until it is mostly done, not quite brown but most of the fat is cooked out. I then cool it on paper toweling and freeze it . I do cook it slightly from frozen to brown before use. Works great.

              1. Yup- my son loves bacon, so when grandma wants to do something for him she cooks up a pound. I split it in a couple packs and freeze the ones I won't use that week. Take out a slice or two frozen, lay on paperpowel and nuke 10 seconds or so to crisp up. That way when it is just him wanting 2 slices for his breakfast I can have bacon, eggs & toast or whatevere on the table in minutes. Bythe way- in the freezer the grease keeps them from really sticking together so I do not even separate the layers with paper- they just peel off.

                1. Discovered this by accident. Needed bacon dripping for cooking but didn't need all that bacon for eating.
                  So I wrapped it loosely in a paper towel, threw it in a ziplock and then in the freezer.
                  A few days later, grabbed a few slices - which hadn't stuck together at all - nuked for a few seconds and, dang!, if they weren't as good as new! Could NOT believe it!
                  Now, I'll often cook up a pound or two at a time to keep on hand for BLTs or salads or whatever.
                  I cook it all the way but not crisp enough to break - don't like it that way anyhow. Better than that pre-cooked stuff from the store.
                  Ate a piece frozen once and it was pretty yummy.

                  1. little jfood went to costco and bought pounds of bacon. then she froze a few pounds in original package. jfood would take a pound out and leave in the fridge overnight to defrost. then he baked the defrosted until done. Next he placed three slices in a sandwich bac and placed the sandwich bags in a freezer bag and placed in the basement freezer. Then a bacon cheeseburger, a bacon omelette or some crumbled on a salad is only a few steps away.

                    Worked great.

                    1. I always freeze cooked bacon. Heats up good as new. I love having a slice or two to crumble into pasta sauce or a quick scramble after work.