The Hack To Freeze Bacon For Single Servings

Freezing bacon is a great way to extend its shelf life when you know that you can't or won't eat it all before it goes bad. But the solution brings with it a fresh problem: every time you want to use some of your frozen bacon, you have to thaw the entire package just to be able to pull out a slice or two. This is time-consuming and inconvenient, plus thawing and refreezing your bacon multiple time isn't good for it, either. It can negatively impact flavor and texture and can increase the risk of exposing you to harmful bacteria.

Fortunately, there's an answer. Having a roll of parchment paper in your kitchen allows you to freeze bacon for single servings. Now, you'll be able to easily remove just the amount of bacon you need from your freezer, without having to thaw the whole package. This very easy kitchen hack requires a little bit of foresight, but it is ultimately a game-changer.

How to freeze single serving bacon

Freezing bacon for single-serving use is easy. All you need is some parchment paper and some scissors. Start by unrolling a length of parchment paper so it's the same size as a piece of bacon. Then lay down raw strips of bacon in a row on the parchment paper, leaving about two inches between each slice. Do this until you hit the end of the parchment paper.

Next, take your scissors and carefully cut the parchment paper between each strip of bacon so that now each piece is resting on its own individual piece of paper. Pick up a strip at one end and roll up the bacon, so that it is covered by parchment paper. This will ensure that when the bacon freezes, it doesn't stick to itself, but will easily unroll when you need it.

You can repeat these steps as many times as you need to until you have processed the entire package of bacon. Place all the rolls into a storage bag or container and put them in the freezer! Now whenever you need bacon, you can pull out exactly how much you need. Lifechanging! 

Why you should freeze bacon

Bacon stored in the refrigerator only lasts for a few weeks, but bacon is good in the freezer for up to up to two months. Freezing bacon is a great way to extend its shelf life. This is particularly useful for people who live alone or who cook with bacon sparingly. There is nothing worse than feeling like you have to rush through a package of bacon just because you don't want it to go bad. 

Now that it is easier to keep bacon longer, you may find you want to cook with it more. If you're looking for some new recipes to cook now that you have easily accessible single-serving bacon in the freezer, try starting with this sweet heat BLT, these twice-baked potatoes, or this recipe for "baconified" marry-me chicken. Whether you are hoping to cook with bacon or simply fry up a slice for breakfast, single-serving frozen bacon is truly a game-changer.