Like any food that needs to be kept fresh, you should always be careful storing raw bacon. Even if you don’t get sick, storing bacon wrong can definitely change its flavour – and you don’t want that. So here are some tips to remember when storing bacon.
1. If you have an unopened package of sliced bacon, and you are unsure if you can eat it, always follow the expiry date. You can always buy more bacon if your current bacon has expired. Actually, why aren’t you eating all of your bacon before it expires – don’t you like bacon?
2. After opening your bacon, keep your bacon in the fridge. Generally try to use it within a week of opening. When you are storing it in the fridge, put it in a zippered plastic bag, tin foil or other firmly closable container.
3. If you want to extend the life of an unopened package of bacon, freeze it. Frozen bacon will last about a month in the freezer. When you are ready to use your bacon, make sure to thaw it first. The particles of ice that will have formed in the bacon will likely cause your bacon to pop and splatter if you fry it.
4. Cooking bacon can also extend the life of your bacon. After it is cooked, dab off any excess grease with a paper towel. Put the bacon into a plastic bag or tin foil and store it in the fridge. It can last up to five days in there. Pre-cooking your bacon is a good idea when you want to make sure you have a few slices on hand for things like sandwiches or salads.
5. If you want to keep the bacon even longer, cook it first and then store it in the freezer. Cooked and frozen bacon will last several weeks in the freezer. And reheating it afterwards is a snap. Just put it in a frying pan straight from the freezer. There will be less spattering because the cooked bacon will be fairly dry, and it will take only a minute or so to heat up.
However you do it, a little work can ensure that your bacon remains tasty for as long as you need it to. But if you do have any doubts about the freshness of your bacon, as we said, throw it out! You can always buy some more.
How do you store your bacon? Are there any special tricks to your bacon storage that you’ve found particularly useful?
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