This TikTok Hack for Freezing Bacon Is…Kinda Genius

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Sometimes we lose hours scrolling TikTok with zero payoff, and sometimes we come out of the mine with a morsel of gold. One recent scrolling spree led us deep into #foodtok, where, thankfully, instead of a cream cheese-laden Crockpot recipe, we were rewarded with a hack for freezing bacon that’s about to become regular practice in our kitchen.

You see, it’s not *actually* that often that we need to cook through an entire pound of bacon in one go. A family of six with a penchant for Sunday brunch? Sure. But we’re more likely using a few slices here and there to flavor a dish, then haphazardly wrapping the remains in foil for them to either die a slow death in our freezer, or come out in a solid ice block the next time a recipe calls for bacon. That’s why we think this tip from TikTok user Charlotte, @cleanfoodiecravings, is so smart. Behold:

In the video, Charlotte (who, BTW, also has a food blog) demonstrates how she lays individual slices of bacon on a parchment-lined baking sheet, then tops them with another sheet of parchment and rolls the entire thing into a scroll of bacon slices. She freezes the scroll, then snips the paper into individual bacon spirals that she stores in a resealable freezer bag.

We love this method for a few reasons. For starters, it makes it effortless to grab one or two slices at a time without thawing an entire block of bacon. It also makes us more likely to actually use our leftovers, since they’re easily visible and accessible in the freezer.

Even if you do go through a full package of bacon at one time, you could still use this trick to buy in bulk and store bacon for a longer period, which is as economical as it is convenient. (Psst: Bacon will keep in the freezer for up to four months, according to the USDA.)

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Katherine Gillen is PureWow’s senior food editor. She’s a writer, recipe developer and food stylist with a degree in culinary arts and professional experience in New York City restaurants. She used to sling sugary desserts in a pastry kitchen, but now she’s an avid home cook and fanatic baker.