How to Store Fresh Bacon

by Jessica Davis

Items you will need

  • Bacon
  • Aluminum foil, optional
  • Wax paper
  • Freezer bags
  • Plastic wrap

Bacon is a food staple enjoyed in many homes, but the meat can only remain fresh for a few days after the package is opened. Fortunately, storing bacon in the freezer is a viable way to keep the meat fresh for longer. Storing bacon in this manner will allow only the amount needed to be taken out of storage; the rest of the meat can remain fresh in the freezer for up to two months before the quality decreases.

Freezer Storage

Step 1

Remove the bacon from its original packaging.

Step 2

Unroll a large sheet of wax paper, and place one or two strips of bacon near the paper's edge.

Step 3

Roll the bacon in the paper, jelly roll-style, once or twice.

Step 4

Repeat the process until all of the bacon strips are within the roll; fold over the paper's ends.

Step 5

Place the bacon roll into a freezer bag and label the bag with the date.

Refrigerator Storage

Step 1

Leave bacon in original wrapping until you are prepared to cook it. Make a note of the expiration date and cook or freeze the bacon before the meat expires.

Step 2

Reseal unused bacon in its original packaging, then cover the packaging completely with plastic wrap.

Step 3

Store fresh bacon in the deli drawer of the refrigerator.

Tips

  • Use bacon within two to three days after opening, as the quality will quickly decrease.

    Bacon can only be stored for up to two months; after that the taste of bacon changes dramatically.

    In a power outage, food remains safe as long as ice crystals remain in the package.

    Alternatively, aluminum foil can be wrapped around the original package for freezer storage.

Warnings

  • Safely thaw your bacon by running cold water over the bacon in the sink, microwaving it or cooling it overnight in the refrigerator. It is unsafe to defrost raw meat on the counter, as bacteria can form.

Photo Credits

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About the Author

Jessica Davis has been a professional writer since 2005. She has worked in various media outlets, writing for a bricklaying trade publication, several research companies and her favorite: a major entertainment company in Washington where she produced scripts and online content. Davis earned a bachelor's degree in print journalism.