If you've decided to slice your bacon slab yourself, here's some tips on how to do it.
Heat/warm temperatures are your enemy.
We all love that guilty pleasure of crisped up bacon, but the natural fat that makes bacon taste oh so good, gets really squishy and makes slicing your bacon difficult. Make sure that you keep your bacon nice and cool before slicing.
Bacon is easiest to slice when it's partially frozen.
We recommend that you out your bacon in your freezer for a few hours before you slice it. This will make it easier to cut the pieces to your desired thickness.
Now that you've sliced your bacon, how do you store it and keep it fresh?
A great way to keep your bacon fresh after you've sliced it, is to wrap each slice of your bacon in wax paper, then place the bundle of bacon in a Ziploc bag. We recommend using either a Ziploc or Glad brand bags, as these bags seal in the flavor and hold up well in the freezer over time. in the freezer.
Lay the first slice of bacon on wax paper. Lay a long piece of wax paper on your counter. Place the first slice of bacon along one edge of the wax paper.
Fold the wax paper over the bacon.
Lay a second piece of bacon over the first. The two slices will be separated by a layer of wax paper.
Fold the wax paper over the bacon. Fold the wax paper back over the second slice of bacon.
Continue piling slices of bacon and folding the wax paper over each slice. As you pile the slices and fold the wax paper over top, you'll start to form an accordion with bacon in each fold.
Store in a freezer bag and freeze. Wrap any excess wax paper around the bacon and store it in a freezer bag or other freezer container. Freeze until solid and remove slices as you need them.
Slaughterhouse BBQ bacon has a higher sugar content than store bought bacon. So when you cook your bacon, start out cooking it for less time than what you normally do. Your bacon will still be fully cooked, it just takes less time.
After opening your bacon, keep your bacon in the fridge. Generally try to use it within a week of opening. When you are storing it in the fridge, put it in a zippered plastic bag, tin foil or other firmly closable container.
If you want to extend the life of an unopened package of bacon, freeze it. Frozen bacon will last about a month in the freezer. When you are ready to use your bacon, make sure to thaw it first. The particles of ice that will have formed in the bacon will likely cause your bacon to pop and splatter if you fry it.
Cooking bacon can also extend the life of your bacon. After it is cooked, dab off any excess grease with a paper towel. Put the bacon into a plastic bag or tin foil and store it in the fridge. It can last up to five days in there. Pre-cooking your bacon is a good idea when you want to make sure you have a few slices on hand for things like sandwiches or salads.
If you want to keep the bacon even longer, cook it first and then store it in the freezer. Cooked and frozen bacon will last several weeks in the freezer. And reheating it afterwards is a snap. Just put it in a frying pan straight from the freezer. There will be less spattering because the cooked bacon will be fairly dry, and it will take only a minute or so to heat up.
However you do it, a little work can ensure that your bacon remains tasty for as long as you need it to. But if you do have any doubts about the freshness of your bacon, as we said, throw it out! You can always buy some more. :-)