I’m probably not going to say what you think I’m going to say. And if you found this post because you were searching for some bit of wisdom about how people shouldn’t eat bacon, you’re not going to find it here.
I buy bacon a lot. I love it. I use it fairly often. Don’t get me wrong, I know I shouldn’t eat a lot of it, and I really don’t. But I have a lot of recipes (or just things I regularly whip up) that take a couple of slices of bacon.
So here’s where we get to the problem with bacon–the packages are too big. When I buy bacon, I typically buy two pounds. One for the fridge, and one for the freezer. So then what used to happen is that, when the one in the fridge was gone, and it was time for a couple of slices from the package in the freezer. . . well, you know how that goes. A frozen pound of bacon–you’re never getting two or three slices off that without thawing the whole thing.
So I got smart. I started separating my bacon when I got it home from the grocery store. Maybe you all have been doing this for years, and just keeping it from me because you thought it was really something I should be figuring out on my own. Well, I finally did.
So, after I bring home the bacon (haha!), I open the package and lay out all the strips on a cookie sheet. I then put the cookie sheet in the freezer. Then, a couple of hours later (or in a few days, if I forget it’s in there), I can take the frozen strips off the cookie sheet and pop them in a zip-top freezer baggie.
Then, when I’m frying an egg for my breakfast on Saturday morning, I can throw in one chopped piece of bacon and a little bit of chopped potato. Or, if I’m making a recipe that calls for 3 or 4 (or even 6) slices of bacon (I’ve got quite a few of those–meatloaf, green beans, chowder, etc.), I just pull out my freezer bag and grab however many pieces I need at the time.
It seems like a no-brainer, but it sure is slick. I know I’ve definitely been wasting less bacon since I started doing this, and less waste is always a good thing. Especially with bacon.