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 bacon can be stored, what is the nutritional content of bacon, and whether or not eating bacon is healthy. 

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. 

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

Freezing doubles this shelf life and allows users to preserve bacon for up to 8ight months. 

Below, we’ll describe a few outlines our readers can follow to preserve their bacon in subzero temperatures. 

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. 

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. 

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. 

Packets of unopened bacon can be stored for up to eight months, whereas opened bacon can keep for up to six months. 

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

Alternatively, freezer bags and tinsel foil with opened bacon can be taken out, and the desired portions taken out for cooking or defrosting. 

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

What is the nutritional content of bacon

On average, a 35-gram portion of bacon will provide: 

  • 161 calories – of which 109 are from fat
  • 12 grams of protein
  • 12 grams of fat – of which 4.1 grams are saturated (21% of the RDI), 0.1 grams are trans, 2.1 grams are polyunsaturated, and 5.4 grams are monounsaturated.
  • 0.6 grams of carbohydrates
  • 34 milligrams of cholesterol (11% of the RDI)
  • 581 milligrams of sodium (24% of the RDI)
  • 172 milligrams of potassium (5% of the RDI)

Additionally, the same portion of bacon will provide 0.3% of the RDI of vitamin A, 0.3% of calcium, and 1.8% of iron. 

*RDI is based on a diet of 2000 calories a day. 

Is eating bacon healthy? 

When consumed sporadically and in moderate amounts, bacon should have no adverse effects on a person’s health. 

However, as it is processed meat, its consumption is not recommended to exceed 70 grams per day. It should be noted that the quality of preserved meat varies between brands and manufacturers, though users should still consume processed meat sparingly. 

It has a high amount of sodium, whose excessive consumption is linked to health problems. Among these; are heart disease, an increased risk of stomach cancer, high blood pressure, a high risk of sedimentation in the kidneys, and many other disorders. 

The nitrates used as preservatives and colorants in processed meats are associated with a higher risk of certain types of cancer, complications during gestation, and a blood disorder known as methemoglobinemia. 

These are also reasons for which our readers should moderate their processed meat intake, be it bacon or another type. 


However, as bacon is low in carbohydrates, and has no added sugars, it can be consumed in low-carb diets such as paleo or keto. Also, most of its calories are sourced from fat, which means it can be used as a weight-loss-friendly food in said diets.

Depending on where it is sourced from, users may find a vegan-friendly alternative, though its contents will differ significantly from those of animal bacon. Vegan bacon may contain starch and other compounds found in plant substitutes. 

Its fat content does not mesh well with diets high in carbohydrates, and users should be mindful of their daily calorie intake. When consuming bacon, we encourage our readers to combine it with a balanced diet and aerobic exercise. 

Conclusion

In this brief guide, we’ve addressed the query: “Can you freeze bacon?” Also, we’ve explored how bacon can be frozen, how bacon can be stored, what is the nutritional content of bacon, and whether or not eating bacon is healthy. 

References 

https://thekitchencommunity.org/can-you-freeze-uncooked-bacon/

https://www.nutritionix.com/food/bacon

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/is-bacon-bad-or-good

https://www.webmd.com/diet/foods-high-in-nitrates#:~:text=Deli%20meat%20is%20another%20major,the%20same%20amount%20of%20meat.&text=Hot%20dogs%20are%20one%20of,of%20meat%20on%20the%20market.

https://www.goodhousekeeping.com/uk/food/g34847086/vegan-bacon/

https://www.healthline.com/nutrition/why-processed-meat-is-bad

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