The Best Bacon Hack For Bacon Prep!
The best bacon hack starts with buying your bacon in bulk.
Buy your bacon in bulk at Costco or Sam’s Warehouse. It’s a great deal, and easy to freeze.
I don’t want to hear about how unhealthy bacon is. I get that. That’s old news.
But I’m not talking about eating it all the time, or in great quantities.
It’s a flavor. An “add in.”
I believe everything is good in moderation.
But There’s More To The Best Bacon Hack…
You will feel ridiculous buying this much bacon, and you’ll be mildly embarrassed putting it in your cart, but fear not.
I’m going to show you a great way to “organize” your bacon for any future recipe.
It’s a great thing to keep on hand in your freezer, lasts a long time, and is easily thawed.
Even better, is that frozen bacon cuts and dices easier when it’s partly frozen anyways.
Here is how it comes from Costco.
Yup, 4 honking pounds of bacon!
Separate the packs into 2 lbs. and 2 lbs.
Now take your sharpest butcher knife and cut right through the packages…
Now you will have 4 separate 1 lb. packages.
Think about your recipe needs.
You could stop here. Maybe you need some reasonable sized strips for breakfast or to place on top of burgers.
Or maybe you keep one section as a 1 lb. size, and cut up the rest.
Maybe you cut one section lengthwise to have 2 sections that are “strip-like.” It’s all up to you.
I usually cut it all up.
Now you have increments of 1/2 lbs.
8 oz. sections.
I have an awesome recipe we call, “Spaghetti Alyson” that will use one of these sections (recipe to come soon).
That’s kind of how I got on the bulk kick.
Place each section in a freezer bag and label with the amount inside each bag, and freeze away!
It lasts a long, long time. It’s easy to cut and organize when you come home from the store.
The freezer bags rarely get icky because the bacon is still contained in their original packaging, so I even save the freezer bags IN the freezer for the next batch I bring home from Costco.
Bacon Prep To Make Cooking Easy
The frozen or semi-thawed bacon will be easy to slice and dice to fry up in your pan.
Decide last minute you want bacon for breakfast? That’s okay! You can cook frozen bacon and have it turn out just fine. Just put it in the pan on medium and it will slowly thaw and cook fairly easily.
I have done this with my little 8 oz. sections, and when I cut them little like that I don’t have bacon strips, but rather bacon “bites” which I kind of like because it gives you a smaller portion and it’s actually easier to cook in the pan.
And that brings me to a common bacon puzzlement. How do you cook bacon without burning it? If you are cooking on the stove top, then start on MEDIUM heat and leave it on MEDIUM heat the entire time, turning and watching as you go.
This easy bacon hack will make your bulk bacon purchase easier to manage and utilize in many different recipes.
Bet you never thought you’d be “organizing bacon.” (insert smiley)