Does bacon go bad?

In this brief article, we will answer the question, “does bacon go bad”. We will also discuss different storage methods of raw and cooked bacon and also talk about the shelf life of bacon and signs to find out its spoilage.

Does bacon go bad?

Yes, if bacon is not stored properly then it can spoil quickly and result in illness from bacteria such as Salmonella and E. coli.

What are the signs to tell if bacon has gone bad?

  • Check to see if there are any color changes or other signs of mold on the bacon after you open the packaging.
  • If you discover an odor different than fresh meat, reject the goods immediately.
  • Bacon is no longer fit for ingestion if you can touch the surface and feel a slimy substance on it.

How to store bacon?

It is okay to put the bacon in the refrigerator to keep it fresh. Always keep the bacon in the fridge. It should always be kept in the freezer.

The method is the finest way to keep anything from raw bacon to cooked bacon to any leftover bacon, and everything in between. Once it has been opened, make sure it is well-wrapped.

Freezing bacon prevents freezer burn, especially when the original packaging is overwrapped with airtight heavy-duty aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper. Alternately, you can wrap the original packaging with airtight heavy-duty aluminum foil, plastic wrap, or freezer paper and place it in a heavy-duty freezer bag.

How long does bacon last in the fridge?

Opened bacon will last approximately 1 week in the fridge before it begins to spoil.

Unopened bacon can last 2 weeks or more in the fridge, however, always look out to the expiry date.

How to store cooked bacon?

Cooked bacon can be stored in the refrigerator for up to three days. To some people, different varieties of bacon have distinct expiration dates.

You can store cooked bacon in strips for about a week in the fridge. The food will keep fresh for up to 6 months when frozen. A short cooking time ensures that it does not overcook when reheated.

Bacon pieces will last in the fridge for about 6 weeks, and in the freezer for 6 months.

How to monitor frozen bacon?

Fat will grow rancid if it is stored in the freezer too long. The ends may dry up, become leathery, and have a burnt or bitter taste. So long as that is the case, you only need to slice off the ends and boil the noodles as usual. However, if it is emitting a detectable odor, and exhibits any of the symptoms listed above, it should not be consumed.

Slab bacon does not keep well when frozen. Excessive salt is causing the fat to become rancid faster.

Instead of cutting the bacon into large slices, freeze it in smaller chunks.

Other FAQs about Bacon which you may be interested in.

Can you mix bacon grease and vegetable oil?

How long can cooked bacon be left out of the fridge?

Does Bacon Grease need to be Refrigerated?

How long does bacon last after being frozen and thawed?

Bacon that has been defrosted in the fridge can be kept for an additional 1 to 2 days in the refrigerator before cooking.

Bacon that is thawed in the microwave or cold water should be cooked immediately.

What is the shelf life of bacon?

Mostly it is good after the best-by date, however, you can keep the sealed vacuum-packed bacon a few days longer (a week or so).

Instead of freezing the package, you may preserve it for an extended time by placing it in the freezer. In this case, it may sit there for a few more months, or just a little longer.

It is always a good idea to wrap it well to reduce the possibility of getting chilled burns from putting it in the freezer.

It is very important to consume the bacon within a week or so, even if the packaging has been opened.

Are there any health benefits of bacon?

Yes, there are health benefits only if it is eaten in moderation. Among some of the potential benefits:

  • Roughly 50% of the fat in bacon comes from “healthy” monounsaturated fat which can temper some of the inflammation triggered by saturated fat.
  • Fat is essential to a diet and aids in the absorption of vitamins A, D, E, and K.

What are the different methods to cook bacon?

There are several ways to cook bacon:

  • For the skillet method, put strips of raw bacon in a frying pan without overlapping. Turn the burner to medium and turn the bacon repeatedly until each side is a light golden brown. Transfer the cooked bacon to two layers of paper towel.
  • For the oven method, make a cookie sheet with aluminum foil and lay out the bacon strips avoiding overlapping. Place in an oven. Turn the oven to 400 degrees F and bake to desired crispness, around 25 to 35 minutes. Transfer on paper towels.
  • For the microwave method, prepare a safe plate with two layers of paper towel. Arrange several bacon strips without overlapping and cover with two more paper towels. Keep in the microwave for four to six minutes on a high setting until the desired crispness.


In this brief article, we answered the question, “does bacon go bad?”. We also discussed different storage methods of raw and cooked bacon and talked about the shelf life of bacon and signs to find out its spoilage.


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