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DrMag Dec 25, 2011 04:52 PM

My husband was given 3 pounds of fancy bacon for Christmas. Much as I'd love to have a week of all-bacon-all-the-time, I'm not sure the arteries could stand that. Can I freeze it, or should I just keep it in the fridge inside its vacumn packs (it's in 3 separate packages)?

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    escondido123 Dec 25, 2011 05:05 PM

    I have frozen bacon a number of times with no ill affects.

    1. Terrie H. Dec 25, 2011 05:10 PM

      What a nice gift! Bacon freezes well and you described your gift as being wrapped in smaller packages so you should be fine.

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        cantkick Dec 25, 2011 05:14 PM

        One technique I've used successfully with opened packages is to roll the individual slices before freezing. That way it's easy to remove what you want if you only need a small amount.

        1. honkman Dec 25, 2011 06:03 PM

          We make bacon reguarly and always freeze it without problems using our Foodsaver

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            The Professor Dec 25, 2011 08:31 PM

            +1 on that...with the FoodSaver treatment you can not only freeze it, but freeze it for a year (and probably more) with no ill effects. I freeze bacon as well as other smoked items regularly and never to the detriment of the product.

            If you don't own a FoodSaver, you can use the heavy 'freezer bags' too. Before you zip them shut just press or suck the air out of the bag. If you think it'll be in the freezer for a while, put the sealed bag inside of another bag.

            But the FoodSaver units are so cheap these days, you might want to think about picking one up. I bought mine almost 20 years ago for mucho $$$ and don't regret the expenditure one bit. They now sell for probably a third of what I paid. Can't recommend it enough....

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            CanadaGirl Dec 25, 2011 06:29 PM

            We freeze bacon all the time. I actually find it cooks a bit better from frozen than fresh. Just pack in the amount you normally cook, place the frozen "chunk" in a pan over low heat, and cook with lid until it can be separated. Then increase heat and cook to your liking.

            1. eight_inch_pestle Dec 25, 2011 07:25 PM

              Good advice from your fellow chowsers. It's not super convenient for us to get to a market that has good slab bacon from happy pigs, so we buy and freeze all the time. No troubles at all.

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                rasputina Dec 25, 2011 07:53 PM

                I always have bacon the freezer.

                1. Cookingcutie Dec 25, 2011 08:02 PM

                  I've frozen bacon plenty of times. What i like to do is place a small piece of either wax/parchment between the slices so i can pull out only what i need for recipes so I don't end up eating too much delicious bacon at once. Double wrap in foil and it will be fine.

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                    mpalmer6c Dec 25, 2011 08:35 PM

                    I cook bacon 2 pounds at a ti,e (in
                    the oven) and freeze it. Tastes great.

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                      virtualguthrie Dec 25, 2011 11:50 PM

                      So are you saying you freeze it after cooking it?

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                        greygarious Dec 26, 2011 08:49 AM

                        You can freeze it after cooking, but you don't need to. I bake a pound of bacon at a time, after which it keeps just fine in the refrigerator for well over a month.

                    2. QuirkyCookery Dec 26, 2011 12:02 AM

                      I freeze mine all the time!

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                        DrMag Dec 26, 2011 06:08 AM

                        Thank you guys all so much! Once again, my faith in the Chowhound community is justified! Now to get the tasty tasty bacon into the freezer without eating it all on the way...

                        1. hotoynoodle Dec 26, 2011 07:22 AM

                          since it's cured meat, it will keep safely for many weeks in the fridge, but i usually portion bacon out before freezing, rather than having to work my way through a big bag of it at a time.

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                            caseyjo Dec 26, 2011 07:32 AM

                            That's what I do as well: I live alone so I usually put 4 pieces or so in a ziplock back and put it in the freezer. Of course, I don't have trouble eating a whole package of bacon, but it occurs to me that I probably shouldn't.

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                            pine time Dec 26, 2011 11:41 AM

                            Like everyone else, I do it all the time, and it's fine. I portion it out, putting the average # of slices into plastic bags, then put all the individual bags into a large freezer bag. Can then just pull out the amt I want and cook away.

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