I hate to cook bacon. Even if I use the oven method and don’t have to stand over the skillet with it popping and sizzling. There’s just something about the process that I don’t like.
A few weeks ago, I made a recipe that called for diced bacon and onion. The recipe only required a few pieces of bacon, but I decided to cook up the whole pound.
Unfortunately, the recipe I was cooking the bacon for wasn’t very good. But it did turn out to be useful to cook and freeze the bacon and onion.
I froze it in zip top baggies, in about 1/2 cup quantities. I placed all the baggies inside a gallon size freezer bag to protect it and keep it organized.
Tomorrow I’ll share a soup recipe that uses the bacon and onion. If you’ve got that frozen, the soup can be finished quicker than you can make a grilled cheese sandwich.
I am not a fan of cooking bacon either! But, it is a family favorite so I endure.
I’m with you and Leslie…don’t like cooking bacon. I didn’t realize it would freeze well for some reason so this is a really welcome tip! And the onions, too. If you’re going to use them in a recipe, anyway, it makes perfect sense. Thanks!
Debbi Does Dinner Healthy says
I hate cooking bacon too but it’s SOOOOO good and it flavors things SO well! I love saving the grease from it too. Can’t wait for the recipe, thanks!
We NEVER cook bacon on the stovetop. Ew. Put it on a broiler pan so the fat drips off and bake it. The time varies with the type of bacon you have, so you’ll have to keep an eye on it the first couple of times you do it, but it’s MUCH easier and healthier to cook it this way. 4oo degrees for 12 minutes to start. Check it until desired doneness.
ChiTown Girl says
I just recently started cooking bacon in the oven. I put it on a cooling rack set in a cookie sheet, at 350 for about 10-15 minutes. Makes the whole house smell awesome!!
I found a recipe for Candied Bacon on another blog I read (Closet Cooking – see the bloglist on my page, I don’t know how to link within a comment – sorry) and made it the other day. Oh, my!! Can’t even describe how good it was! He also had a recipe for Chocolate Chip Bacon Cookies, but my son and I ate all the candied bacon before I had a chance to make them. 🙁 Oh, well, guess I’ll have to make another batch! 😉
I know this is unrelated to today’s post, but I wanted to let you know that I received the package from Orville Redenbacher’s. It was a great package with microwave lime and salt popcorn, almonds, pecans, raisins, dried cranberries, and some recipe cards, including one for a mix that uses all those ingredients. We plan to have a movie night this week and share our treats!
Thanks a bunch!
Katie @ This Chick Cooks says
I never knew you could freeze bacon. That’s good to know!
Freezing bacon works awesome! I do it before the holidays when I am going to make a Bacon and Egg Casserole for Christmas morning, and do it weeks ahead when I have the time.
I typically buy the big batches at Sams or Costco, and have laid each piece on wax paper on big flat baking sheet and froze them… then placed all the individual pieces in a ziploc bag and could just take out how many pieces I wanted to cook. I’ve also done this by just putting in sections of 5-6 pieces to freeze on the sheet ( I mean who cooks just one piece plus it’s less time consuming then individual pieces), then place the big hunks in the baggies. You can also put a whole frozen pack in a pan without worrying about separating the pieces first. As it slowly cooks, you can separate them out.
Along with all those ideas, I’ve put the whole package in to partially freeze, just enough to make it easy to cut into with scissors or a knife. Then I cut up lots of little pieces and put them in a ziploc, so when I want to just grab some pieces to fry up for like a broccoli salad or something, they’re already ready to just cook.. no more chopping necessary.