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Make Ahead Bacon Meal Prep - Bake and Freeze Bacon

Make Ahead Bacon Meal Prep

This make-ahead bacon is a great way to have an endless supply of bacon in your freezer and will save you hours in the kitchen over time when a recipe calls for bacon, you just want to make quick BLT sandwiches for lunch, or just want to crumble some fresh bacon into your garden salad.
Prep Time 5 mins
Cook Time 15 mins
Course Breakfast
Cuisine American

Equipment

  • Sheet pan with a rim
  • Foil (optional)
  • Large zipper bags
  • Wax paper (depending on how you freeze the bacon)

Ingredients
  

  • 1 pound bacon or more depending on how much you want to make ahead

Instructions
 

  • Start by lining your sheet pan with aluminum foil, this is optional but it'll definitely make clean up easier.
  • Lay a single layer of bacon strips on the sheet pan.
  • Cook the bacon in a 400 degree preheated oven for 15 - 20 minutes depending on how crispy you want the bacon to be.
  • Flip bacon halfway through cooking.
  • Remove sheet pan from oven and use thongs to transfer the bacon onto a plate lined with a paper towel to absorb some of the greases.
  • Let bacon cool to room temperature.

Notes

How to Freeze Bacon

Once you have your bacon, you'll want to freeze it in a way that makes it easy to grab as much or as little as you need. There are three methods you can use to do this. 

Create serving-sized packages of bacon

The first method is to create serving-sized packages of bacon. So if you want to have bacon with you eggs in the morning, place just enough to feed your family in individualized zipper bags.
This way you can just grab a package of bacon out of the freezer and without having to thaw out more bacon than you need.

Flash freeze bacon before storing

If you prefer to store your bacon in bulk, the second method is to flash freeze your bacon before storing to prevent the bacon from freezing together.
To do this you'll want to place your cooked bacon on a sheet pan in single layers and put it in the freezer for around twenty minutes. Then place the bacon in a large freezer bag as is.
This will make it easier to grab as much or as little as you need without having to thaw out your entire supply.

Layer bacon wax paper 

The third method is to layer your bacon using wax paper before freezing it. Simply place bacon in a single layer using wax paper to keep the layers separated making grabbing as much or as little as you want really easy.
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