December 14, 2008

Bacon-Wrapped Bacon

Filed under: Food, Not Tech — Chris @ 8:27 pm

This is either the best kitchen tip ever or proof that H and I are certifiably insane… You know how bacon is delicious and you want to have it on hand? And you know how you don’t want to eat a pound of bacon every week? And you know how bacon generally comes in one pound packages with overlapping slices that freeze up into a giant block that cannot be quickly and easily thawed?

A Pound of Bacon

I think we may have solved this problem.

Take a baking sheet (or you may need two (or you may need to eat some of the bacon before you freeze it)) and lay a sheet of plastic wrap over it. Lay your slices of bacon side by side (not overlapping!) on the plastic wrap. Lay another sheet of plastic wrap over the bacon, smoothing it out so there’s no exposed meat. Put the baking sheet in the freezer.

Plastic wrapOf course, you don’t want a giant baking sheet of bacon in your freezer indefinitely. Once the bacon is frozen (overnight, probably), remove it from the freezer. Horizontally roll up the bacon, one strip at a time to form a cylinder of delicious frozen bacon (this may require some repositioning of the bacon in order to introduce adequate slack in the plastic. Or else you can take this into account pre-freezing, if you’ve got extra baking sheets and room in the freezer). Put the wrapped-up bacon in a gallon freezer bag.

Bacon Roll

Now, any quantity of bacon from one strip up to a full pound can be extracted from the freezer and ready to cook in less than a minute. Enjoy.

[UPDATE] Welcome Diggers. A few notes:

  1. I have not filed for a patent on this technique. No doubt it has been done before.
  2. Wax paper is a good idea. With wax paper, you could probably roll up the bacon before you freeze it, and it wouldn’t glump together.
  3. My camera is broken (damn modern world). The drawings are better anyway.

Thanks to H for her precise rendering of rolled-up plastic wrap.

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  1. So noted.

    Comment by Zen Bonobo — December 15, 2008 @ 11:40 am

  2. Fast food restaurants have been doing this for a long time.

    Comment by Jon — December 16, 2008 @ 9:31 am

  3. In my family, we eat a pound of bacon in a single sitting. You must understand, they sell bacon in single serving packages.

    Comment by Eric — December 16, 2008 @ 9:31 am

  4. I just had a heart attack.

    Comment by Television Spy — December 16, 2008 @ 9:33 am

  5. What’s wrong with eating a pound of bacon in one sitting?

    Comment by Michael — December 16, 2008 @ 9:34 am

  6. Now we just need a bacon dispenser for our bacon rolls.

    Comment by Aaron Echols (morerunes) — December 16, 2008 @ 10:03 am

  7. I rather skip the bacon totally because I enjoy my life without 50-100 pound too much.

    Comment by skizmo — December 16, 2008 @ 10:12 am

  8. hey skizmo STFU and eat some bacon.

    Comment by thetruth — December 16, 2008 @ 10:20 am

  9. i cook the bacon an entire pack at a time, the grease makes it cook easily and I store the cooked leftovers in the refrigerator (crispy stores better) for use on sandwitches or crumble on salads, whatever.

    Comment by Kegas — December 16, 2008 @ 10:37 am

  10. “Now, any quantity of bacon from one strip up to a full pound can be extracted from the freezer and ready to cook in less than a minute. Enjoy.”

    Wait, that’s just crazy talk! Ha, you got me! It’s all a joke! I mean, c’mon . . . nobody EVER cooks up less than a pound of bacon at a time. Snort. Sure had me goin’ . . .

    Comment by E "Eddy" Edwards — December 16, 2008 @ 10:42 am

  11. Look, cook an entire package (or two) of bacon at one time, until it’s almost, but not quite done. Put the stripes on paper towels on a pan in the freezer. Turn each slice after 10 minutes so they don’t stick to the towel. When frozen, place in zipper bag. Now, whenever you want bacon, pop the slices into the microwave for 30 seconds on a paper towel, and voila!

    Comment by Bacon Lover — December 16, 2008 @ 10:49 am

  12. This is important! This means something!

    Comment by ron — December 16, 2008 @ 10:54 am

  13. I generally freeze the pound in its original form because I’m lazy. Then when the time comes, I cut off a chunk perpendicular to the bacon strips. So I end up with a number of one-inch-long pieces of bacon. Toss that in the frypan, and remember to flip it a few times, and you’re golden.

    As long as you have a relatively sharp knife, this works fine. I use a serrated breadknife, personally. It also has the advantage of creating precut pieces of bacon to put on sandwiches or scramble into eggs, and is a lot less work in the pre-freezer state.

    Comment by pfooti — December 16, 2008 @ 11:04 am

  14. Or just separate the bacon into 2 or 3 slice helpings and place those in individual plastic baggies for freezing. Less cost effective, but definitely less of a headache.

    Comment by Master Bacon III — December 16, 2008 @ 12:11 pm

  15. great idea. i’ll try that next time.

    but for the last year, i’ve been separating the bacon and storing 2 pieces into a sandwich bags (w/o the ziplock). i leave one to two baggies in the fridge at a time. after i cook one, i throw in a frozen pair into my fridge. …my bacon never goes to waste.

    Comment by roy_be — December 16, 2008 @ 12:13 pm

  16. Here’s something even easier…

    When you are laying it all out, first lay it all out on a pan and bake it for a few minutes so that the bacon is done and crispy.

    Then eat it.

    Or you can let it cool down and freeze it. Reheat it by nuking for a couple of seconds.

    Comment by Joe — December 16, 2008 @ 3:21 pm

  17. A better trick is to just get a sheet of wax paper (length depends on amount and width of bacon), fold it like a fan (I’m sure everyone has folded a fan from a piece of paper in their lifetime) making sure the fan sections are wide enough for the piece of bacon. Please the strips between each fan blade; press together and place in a freeze bag … very easy to do and the bacon will not stick to the wax paper when you take them out of the freezer.

    Comment by Anon — December 16, 2008 @ 4:45 pm

  18. people, PEOPLE!

    Microwaving bacon is wrong.. just because macdonalds does it doesn’t mean we all have to lower our standards.


    Comment by alistair — December 16, 2008 @ 5:24 pm

  19. I live by one simple rule: The microwave makes everything worse.

    Comment by Chris — December 16, 2008 @ 5:32 pm

  20. Do NOT cook bacon without pants/underwear!

    PLEASE HEED! YOU must !

    Comment by kingo Choi — December 16, 2008 @ 7:44 pm

  21. Ah bacon, God’s currency.

    Comment by Steven — December 16, 2008 @ 7:54 pm

  22. Just wanted to stop and express my love for Bacon

    Comment by this buddy of mine — December 16, 2008 @ 8:42 pm

  23. i’m just in it for the drawings

    and the smell

    and the bacon drippings for my popcorn

    ok i’ll take some bacon too

    Comment by Art Predator — December 17, 2008 @ 12:34 am

  24. I thought this was a good post until I realized it wasn’t a recipe.

    Comment by James — December 17, 2008 @ 1:46 am

  25. * * d r o o l * *

    Comment by Dragynne — December 17, 2008 @ 2:33 am

  26. This is a great tip, and I’ll have to try it.

    But I am disappointed. When I saw the title of this post I clicked over expecting the most awesome recipe ever.

    I’ll get over it.

    Comment by Jim Hall — December 17, 2008 @ 3:06 am

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  28. What exactly would be the point of wrapping bacon in more bacon? Now bacon-wrapped cheese I can get behind.

    Comment by Chris — December 17, 2008 @ 1:14 pm

  29. bacon wrapped bacon – genius!

    Comment by iambrowneyedgirl — December 17, 2008 @ 1:41 pm

  30. Is bacon that important?

    Comment by miranda — December 17, 2008 @ 3:10 pm

  31. I don’t get it. Why can’t u just freeze it without wasting a bunch of saran wrap?

    Is it so you can have it all portioned out like little snack packs?

    Who eats less than a pound of bacon at a time anyways?

    Comment by prfx — December 17, 2008 @ 7:07 pm

  32. Not another materiel for yet another of Jay Leno’s tired “America is getting fat” tirades!!!

    Comment by emperorbananaketchup — December 18, 2008 @ 2:40 am

  33. yes– i was giddy until i saw that it wasn’t a recipe for bacon wrapped bacon. damn!!!

    Comment by dumbworldorder — December 18, 2008 @ 12:35 pm

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