how to store bacon

How To Store Bacon

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If you’ve ever opened a package of bacon only to find you need a couple of slices, I’m sure the thought has crossed your mind: How do I store the extra bacon? Don’t you worry! Read on to find out how to store bacon and a few interesting ideas I bet you’ve never thought of!!

In the world of “Bacon Bliss”, (I think we’ve all had those blissful days ;)), some of us have often been left with a few pieces of bacon after opening a package. I know most of us bacon lovers would simply snack on those extra slices but what if we find ways to keep those extra slices for the next time we just need two pieces (and, hence, not needing to open another package). This posts explores different methods of storing (most) everyone’s favorite treat

Who doesn’t love bacon? Its sizzling aroma, crispy texture, and savory taste make it a beloved indulgence for many. However, bacon can be a bit temperamental when it comes to storage. Whether you’ve got a surplus of this delicious pork product or you just want to ensure its freshness for longer, knowing how to store bacon can make all the difference. Let’s talk about some tried and true methods to keep your bacon at its best.

How To Store Bacon Just Crumbs Blog by Suzie Durigon

How To Store Bacon (and an idea I bet never crossed your mind!!):

When you find yourself with extra bacon (or you’re like me and you buy too much when it’s on sale), you will definielty need to know how to store bacon…here are a few ideas.

  1. Refrigeration: The most common method of storing bacon is in the refrigerator. Simply place the unopened package in the coldest part of your fridge, usually the back. Once opened, transfer any unused portions to an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. Properly refrigerated, bacon can last up to a week.
  2. Freezing: If you’ve bought bacon in bulk or want to extend its shelf life even further, freezing is your best bet. Wrap individual slices or portions tightly in aluminum foil or plastic wrap, then place them in a freezer bag (see photo below on the roll and freeze method). Properly stored, frozen bacon can last for 6-8 months without sacrificing quality.
  3. Vacuum Sealing: For ultimate freshness and longevity, consider vacuum sealing your bacon. Vacuum sealing removes air from the packaging, preventing freezer burn and preserving the bacon’s flavor and texture. Invest in a vacuum sealer and bags designed for freezing, and follow the manufacturer’s instructions for optimal results. And, if you don’t have a vaccuum sealer, you can always use a Ziploc bag with the air removed using a straw
  4. Canning: Canning bacon is another option for long-term storage. Pre-cook the bacon until it’s partially done, then pack it into sterilized canning jars. Process the jars in a pressure canner according to USDA guidelines to ensure safety. Canned bacon can be stored at room temperature for several months.
  5. Rendered Bacon Fat: Don’t let that precious bacon grease go to waste! After frying bacon, strain the fat through a fine-mesh sieve to remove any crispy bits, then transfer it to a clean glass jar. Store the jar in the refrigerator for up to six months or in the freezer for even longer. Use the rendered bacon fat to add flavor to soups, stews, and sautés.
  6. Dehydrating: Dehydrating bacon removes moisture, making it shelf-stable for long periods. Simply slice the bacon thinly and arrange it in a single layer on a dehydrator tray. Dry the bacon at a low temperature until it’s crisp and brittle. Store the dehydrated bacon in an airtight container at room temperature for several weeks.
  7. Cooked and Refrigerated: If you prefer your bacon cooked and ready to eat, simply fry up a batch and store it in the refrigerator. Cooked bacon will keep for several days and can be reheated in the microwave or oven for a quick and easy meal or snack.
How To Store Bacon Just Crumbs Blog by Suzie Durigon
Rolled like this and frozen, you can snap off the amount of slices you need (see tiktok below)
How To Store Bacon Just Crumbs Blog by Suzie Durigon
If you lay bacon strips on parchment, roll them and and then slice, you have individual rolls…
How To Store Bacon Just Crumbs Blog by Suzie Durigon
…like this!! See tiktok video below for a better explanation!
how to store bacon
How To Store Bacon

Some Bacon Recipes (as a bacon lover) that you might like):

In conclusion, there are numerous ways to store bacon, each offering its own unique benefits. Whether you prefer the convenience of refrigeration, the long-term preservation of freezing, or the flavor-enhancing techniques of curing and smoking, there’s a way on how to store bacon to suit every taste and preference. Experiment with different storage methods to find the one that works best for you, and enjoy the deliciousness of bacon whenever the craving strikes!


When you have leftover bacon freeze it like this… that’s way you can break off one slice at a time!#easy #sundays #foodhacks

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