Can You Refreeze Bacon Safely?

Frozen Bacon. Photo © Erin Huffstetler

Can you refreeze bacon?

If you pulled some bacon out of the freezer, but never got around to using it, or only needed a partial pack, can you refreeze the rest?

Yes, whole or partial packages of uncooked bacon can be refrozen. Just wrap the bacon well to prevent freezer burn (a freezer bag works well for this), and place it back in the freezer within three days of thawing. Exposure to air is the main cause of freezer burn, so be sure to squeeze all the air out of the freezer bag before you seal the top.

Cooked bacon can also be refrozen successfully, as can casseroles and other dishes that include bacon as an ingredient (provided the other ingredients are freezer-friendly).

Bacon Freezing Tips

If you tend to only need a couple pieces of bacon at a time, repackage it when you bring it home from the store. Then, pop the individual servings in the freezer. You can even cook the bacon first, so it'll be easy to add to sandwiches.

Flash freeze your cooked bacon on a cookie sheet. Then, transfer it to a freezer bag when it's fully frozen. This will prevent the pieces from sticking together, so they're easy to pull out as needed, and it'll save you the hassle of having to package everything individually.

Label all of your packages of bacon, so you don't confuse them with other foods in your freezer. Here are some free, printable freezer labels you can use. 

To use your cooked, frozen bacon, just pop it in the microwave for about 30 seconds to heat it through, and it'll be ready to slide onto your breakfast plate or to top a sandwich, without any additional prep work or dishes to clean.

Pretty convenient.

Using Your Refrozen Bacon

Keep in mind: your bacon will only be as good as it was when you put in the freezer, so don't try to cheat time by freezing old bacon. The quality won't be good, and it could put you at risk for food poisoning. While freezing does stop bacteria growth; it doesn't kill the bacteria that's already on the bacon.

As soon as you thaw it out, that bacteria will go back to multiplying. So, stick to the rule of only freezing opened packages of bacon that have been in the fridge for less than three days and sealed packages of bacon before their use-by date. Try not to thaw bacon until you know how you'll use it, so you limit the amount of time it spends in the fridge.

For more information about refreezing bacon and other foods, check out the USDA website:

USDA: Bacon and Food Safety

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