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Why On Earth Can't You Freeze Cooked Bacon ???

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  1. BreaknBrix

    BreaknBrix Power Member

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    This has never made sense to me. It never will make sense and I refuse to search Google cause I know what the pretentious foodies are gonna say. Something along the lines of "you can't freeze cooked bacon cause thats just the way things are". But I'm not buying it.

    You can freeze cooked chicken, shrimp, turkey, ham, pork.... you can freeze cream cheese, butter, virtually anything and it takes years to go bad.

    I don't eat bacon everyday but I like bacon in my salads, burgers and other food. I can't eat artificial bacon or turkey bacon cause it's nothing close to real bacon. But at the same time I'm always throwing bacon away cause it spoils before I can eat it all (I always use to put it in the fridge).

    So 6 months ago I got this radical new idea. It was pure brilliance. Why not just throw the bacon in a ziplock bag and freeze it? That way I can use it sparingly any time I need?

    And that's exactly what I did! I showed that bacon who's boss.

    Roughly a month (as in only 4 weeks) pass by, I'm making a burger and remember "I got BACON"!!!

    Naturally, I'm fired up. So I take the bacon out, put it on the burger, heat it up, then go to sit down. I take a bite, and within 5 seconds it tastes like I just ate a dead monkeys asshole. It was the most awful, foul, disgusting taste ever. I couldn't get to the garbage fast enough and most fell right on the kitchen floor. At which point my dog seized & quickly unseized the opportunity. A dog who licks her own ass like 30 times / day.

    I was so confused so I just assumed something was wrong with that particular batch of bacon.

    So the next time I got smarter. This time I put the cooked bacon in tubberware, pack it in tightly, wrap it in a plastic bag then threw it in the freezer. NO WAY IN HELL is it going bad this time. Yet AGAIN, for some very strange reason that defies all the laws of physics.... you simply can not freeze cooked bacon.

    AFAIK, bacon is just salty pig meat + fat. You can freeze cooked pork or ham and you can store fatty substances like butter or cheese. If anything the salt should act as a preservative..... so why on Earth can't you freeze cooked bacon? :(

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    Zwielicht Moderator in Training Jr. VIP Premium Member

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    When you cook bacon, you'll notice that the juice stored in raw bacon often seeps out and fills the entire pan with sizzling goodness. If you were to freeze it after cooking it and then subsequently cook it again to reheat it, the bacon would not be as succulent, and therefore not as delicious.

    By the way, although the way I wrote that suggests I like bacon, I in fact do not.
     
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    I'm pretty sure it's illegal to not like bacon
     
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    limit testing to your area of expertise .
     
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    Becuase it is dried and cooked whick takes all the moisture out of it. I think that's why it can't be freezed... as there is no miosture left to be freezed.
     
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    I've never heard that cooked bacon can't be frozen and I can't think of any reason why that would be the case.

    There's nothing about bacon that would make it dangerous to do so, so I can only imagine it's something to do with the taste being affected.

    First thing that comes to mind is how do you cook the bacon before freezing it? That could be the cause.

    I don't freeze much these days as I like my food as fresh as possible, but letting it cool before freezing is important and certain foods will taste better if you thaw them in the fridge rather than at room temperature.

    If it were me, I'd have to find out the reason, so I'd be down the shop buying lots of bacon and then experimenting - but that's because I can never rest until I have answers and solutions (it's a damned pain in the arse).
     
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    Why on earth would you want to freeze cooked bacon?
     
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    I suspected you were onto something so I finally did some searching. Surprisingly there's not many articles about freezing cooked bacon. But I managed to find 1 article that specifically said, "cooking bacon greatly diminishes it's shelf life in the freezer". Some other people said they will cook it 80%, then freeze it. Then thaw it and recook it when they're ready to eat. So I suspect that moisture is playing a role like you say.

    Where things get weird though.... beef jerky is dehydrated beef. You can leave that stuff in a tubberware container for months on end at room temperature (I do it all the time) and it still tastes crispy and fresh. But if you put fully cooked bacon in a freezer, sealed in tubberware it goes rancid in just a few weeks.

    It's not a big deal I guess I'll just have to freeze it uncooked and cook a few strips anytime I need it. What a PITA.
     
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    The simple solution to this is just eat more bacon.
     
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    I don't know. I imagine it would take longer to cook, cool, package and freeze cooked bacon than it would to just throw a frozen slice in a pan.

    Micky's right anyway - freezing cooked bacon is like buying a pint and telling the barman to put it in the fridge for next time you come to the pub.
     
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    What timing .. i am experimenting with my first ever cure of the meat to make my own salami
    anyone here try something ? any tips for me ?
     
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    am i missing something? why would you want to freeze cooked bacon?

    why don't you freeze uncooked bacon individually and then cook it when you need? it would make more sense.
     
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    I cook the bacon till it's dark brown and crispy like potato chips. Like right before it starts to burn I pull it off the pot.

    One day I will find the REAL reason why you can't freeze cooked bacon. You can freeze cooked chicken, turkey, fish.... anything else. You can store dehydrated / moistureless meat for months and months. But bacon is just 1 stubborn SOB.

    1) It keeps it crispy. I'm not sure if you've ever frozen popcorn before but it's the same concept. If you put crispy bacon in the fridge it gets soft and loses its texture.

    2) I have an extra freezer in my house and have tons of frozen, cooked foods that can last 6-12 months with no noticeable degradation in flavor. So I seriously don't understand why cooked bacon barely lasts 1 month.

    3) My local supermarket doesn't always stock fresh bacon. So when they DO have it I usually buy 2-3 lbs, cook it ALL, then freeze it. The first time I froze it I thought "this is awesome, I'll have fresh, crispy bacon for the next 6+ months". But like I said it doesn't even last 1 month.

    TBO, I can't understand why anyone would want to freeze raw bacon. Have you ever tried to thaw an entire stack just to pick out a few pieces then they tear and rip as you pull them out? Then there's the mess it makes when you cook it. Everytime I take the cover off the pot to flip it oil sprays out everywhere.

    I don't eat tons of bacon but I do love it in salads and burges. So if I could figure out a way to store cooked bacon for a long period of time (6+ months like normal meat) it would save me a lot of bs thawing/cooking/making a mess everytime I need a couple strips.

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    Google:
    how to freeze cooked bacon?

    There is plenty of content on that topic. One of those is:
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    http://homecooking.about.com/od/foodstorage/a/baconstorage.htm


    Want to store over their artificial/natural storage period? I guess science haven't a clue about it till now, and so they can't stop it from decaying beyond that time and hence can't guarantee any bodily repairs (of the eaters)! :)

    See the following table, btw it's a gov site, I guess it is wise to follow it until there are meds available to cure any mishap out of not following the standards... :D

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    The same table says that you can store chicken, turkey for up to 1 year... but bacon only for up to 1 month. That should be good enough! Do not go adventurous beyond the recommended time, as anything can happen to you due to nunown chemical/physical/biological/bacterial changes that might have happened to the bacon over the period beyond the 1 safe month.
     
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    You can freeze Bacon alright. It loses its crispyness in the process though. Any Bacon you get from Subway has been frozen, thats why its limp and uninteresting.

    Take bacon out of freezer, allow to steep in warm water to defrost for 20 minutes then into the microwave for two minutes should do the job.

    Although why you would bother with that hassle I dont know, It takes me 5 minutes to grill a fresh pack to perfection.

    Also Jerk food has been dried out so there is no moisture left in it. Its the moisture that makes things go off. Jerk Beef you coud eat if you found at the back of the cupboard three years out of date. Frozen Bacon is still full of fat which is pure moisture hence why it probably goes off quickish.
     
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    While it is definitely quite a poor food when it comes to nutritional facts, bacon still presents a few alright things to be accounted for; but being honest, bacon is consumed for its taste and that's about it.

    Now that being said, when you cook any food, its already losing part of its nutritional value, if you add a further freezing session, the nutritional value will fade away. Something similar happens to its taste, cooked food should never be frozen simply because it devalues its taste and nutrients; while you can freeze bacon, people do not recommend it due to the loss of its amazing taste.

    I would suggest you to stay away from any frozen food, cooking will not only be beneficial to your body but it will also attract ladies by the hundreds. Fresh food will also help your work a shit ton, so I would personally get on it ASAP.

    Enjoy your bacon!
     
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    Haha

    The bacon bruja
     
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    You can freeze cooked bacon.lol You can buy it already cooked and frozen. Why not cook it and freeze it yourself? Have you ever used one of the vacuum sealers, to store it in after you have cooked it. That is a way you could keep it air tight and you could only package what you use individually too so it stay fresh. So there still may be a way. I believe that is how the store bought bacon is packaged, but not for sure. I only bought it once and it has been a long time ago.:)