Can you freeze bacon?

In this brief guide, we’ll address the query: “Can you freeze bacon?”. Also, we’ll explore how bacon can be frozen, how to safely defrost it and what are the benefits and drawbacks of freezing bacon. 

Can you freeze bacon? 

Yes, users can freeze bacon that has been refrigerated to extend its shelf life. It’s a feasible storage alternative to help users economize space and reduce waste (1,2). 

On average, bacon that has been bought from a convenience store and is tightly sealed can keep for up to 1 week in refrigeration (1). 

Freezing doubles this shelf life and allows users to preserve bacon for up to 4 months. Cooked bacon can last for 1 month in the freezer if stored properly (1).

How can I freeze bacon? 

Store Bought bacon that is vacuum-sealed and has yet to be opened, can simply be placed in the freezer and stored (2). 

To freeze bacon from opened packets, users can lay out the bacon strips on a baking sheet and flash-freeze them. This will confer a more solid consistency that’ll make them easier to handle (2). 

Once frozen, the bacon strips can be placed within a freezer bag or wrapped in tinsel foil and plastic cling wrap, then stored in the freezer (2). 

Packets of unopened bacon can be stored for up to four months, whereas opened bacon can keep for up to 1 month (2,3). 

To freeze cooked bacon, first allow the cooked food to cool to room temperature. Remove the excess of moisture and fat with a paper towel and put in an airtight and a freezer-safe container. 

Place the container or bag in the coldest part of the freezer, maintaining a constant temperature of 0°F (-18°C) or lower (2).

How to safely defrost frozen bacon?

To safely defrost frozen bacon, packets can be placed in the refrigerator and left to thaw out overnight, though this requires users to anticipate (4). 

It’s not recommended to defrost bacon at room temperature or using hot water, as these methods can lead to unsafe temperature zones and increase the risk of bacterial contamination, which can cause foodborne illness (4).

Once defrosted, it isn’t recommended to subject bacon to a second cycle of freezing and defrosting, as its quality may suffer detrimental effects (4). 

How to reheat bacon?

The USDA recommends using an oven or microwave to reheat meals. But before reheating the bacon, make sure the internal temperature reaches at least 165°F (74 °C) in order to kill any potential bacteria (5).

If you decide to reheat bacon in the oven, warm it to around 350°F (175°C) and arrange the bacon on a baking sheet covered with aluminum foil or parchment paper (5). 

Bacon can also be reheated in the microwave, however doing so could result in sections of soggy or overcooked bacon. Because of the uneven cooking, the food has hot and cold patches, where pathogens can survive (5).

What are the benefits and drawbacks of freezing bacon?

Benefits of freezing bacon

  • Bacon can be kept safe to eat for a long time, usually up to 4 months to a year, by storing it at or below 0°F (-18°C), which prevents the growth of dangerous microorganisms (1,2). 
  • Bacon’s flavor, texture, and nutritional value are all preserved by freezing. 

Drawbacks of freezing bacon

  • The texture of the bacon can alter due to freezing and thawing, becoming slightly softer or chewier (2). 
  • Another drawback is that bacon is prone to freezer burn if it is not properly wrapped or sealed, which can degrade its flavor and quality (6). 
  • Finally, freezing can somewhat change the flavor of bacon. Although the process of lipid oxidation is significantly slowed down due to the low temperatures, which helps preserve its quality, it is not entirely prevented. Lipid oxidation involves the breakdown of fats in the bacon by oxygen, leading to the generation of off-flavors and rancidity (7,10).

Can I refreeze thawed bacon?

According to the USDA It is acceptable to refreeze either cooked or uncooked food that has thawed in the fridge without being heated or cooked. However by doing this may be a loss of quality of the food due to the moisture lost during thawing (8). 

Additionally, if previously frozen goods are thawed in the fridge, the leftovers can be frozen again. Remember, foods left out of the refrigerator for more than two hours should not be frozen (8,9).


In this brief guide, we’ve addressed the query: “Can you freeze bacon?” Also, we’ve explored how bacon can be frozen, how to safely defrost it and what are the benefits and drawbacks of freezing bacon. 


1. Bacon and Food Safety. USDA, 2013.

2. Freezing and Food Safety. USDA, 2013

3. Food labeling and product dating. USDA.

4. The Big Thaw – Safe Defrosting Methods. USDA, 2013

5. What methods of reheating food are safe?. USDA, 2023.

6. Schmidt, S.J., Lee, J.W. How Does the Freezer Burn Our Food?. J Food Science Education, 2009, 8.

7. Bishnoi, S., et al. Freezing and Frozen Storage. In book: Food Processing and Preservation. Scientific Publishers, 2020.

8. Is it safe to refreeze food that has thawed?. USDA, 2023.

9. What is the “2 Hour Rule” with leaving food out?. USDA, 2023.

10. Ahmed, M., et al. Oxidation of Lipids in Foods. Sarhad Journal of Agriculture, 2016, 32, 230-238.

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