I love bacon, but rarely have a need to cook an entire package all at once. In addition, as bacon isn’t the healthiest food you can buy, I ration how frequently I cook it. Uncooked bacon can be frozen. The problem comes when I want to cook some frozen bacon – all the slices are glued together in a frozen block! Thawing the block, then refreezing the unused portion is not good for the quality of the meat (and I believe it can increase the chances for meat contamination).
What to do?
I freeze my bacon in single-serving groupings!
To do this, simply take your non-frozen bacon and separate it into serving sizes (I choose 3 slices even though a serving is 2 slices because… well… I like bacon and who can stop eating at just two pieces?). Fold each grouping in half. Stick on a cookie sheet. Place the cookie sheet into the freezer and allow the bacon to freeze. Then take the groupings and plot them into a freezer-safe container. Next time you need bacon for a recipe, meal or snack you can grab as many servings and you need at the time. No mess. No food waste! It works for me! (And apparently it works for others, too, as I have seen numerous other bloggers talk about doing this over the years!)
Food waste is a huge waste of money. Each week, The Frugal Girl highlights her food waste in an effort to keep herself accountable for how much food/money her family is wasting. While I won’t be doing that here, I have been motivated by her efforts to share a tip each week on how I prevent food waste.