How Long Does Bacon Last in the Fridge Before It Goes Bad?

August 28, 2023
Written by Kristy J. Norton

Just so you know, your bacon can chill in the fridge for a week, max. But ensure the temperature is 40 degrees Fahrenheit or lower, or else, it might go bad quicker than you think. So, don't store your bacon for any more than a week, otherwise you just might have to toss it out. 

That being said, as a trained chef myself, with more than a decade of experience under my belt, I've got the inside scoop on how to make sure your bacon stays fresh and tasty for as long as possible. So, buckle up, my bacon buddy, because I'm about to share with you the best bacon storage secrets! 

how long does bacon last in the fridge

Can Bacon Go Bad in the Fridge?

Yes, definitely!

As much as we all love our fresh, crispy bacon, it has a limited shelf life and can spoil if you don't store it properly. 

So, before you whip up that bacon and egg breakfast, make sure to check for any signs of spoilage. You will know that it's gone bad if your bacon feels slimy, has a funky smell, or appears discolored.

Oh, and don't forget about the freezer burn! If you've had bacon in the fridge for too long, it can develop freezer burn, which can seriously affect taste and texture. Trust me, you don't want to bite into that!

How Long Does Cooked Bacon Last in the Fridge?

You can usually count on your leftover bacon staying fresh for 4-5 days, tops. This is what the USDA says

However, you should also make sure you always store bacon in an airtight plastic bag or wrap it up tightly in aluminum foil to keep it from drying out or getting any funky smells from other food in the fridge. 

Can You Freeze Bacon?

If you've got more than you can handle, no worries! You can freeze bacon for longer storage - up to four months.

You can freeze it by separating the slices, laying them flat on a parchment-lined baking sheet, and freezing them individually. Once they're frozen, I wrap them in plastic wrap and store them in a freezer bag. This way, I can easily pull out as many slices as I need without having to thaw the whole package.

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Is Bacon Still Good After 2 Weeks in the Fridge?

It's not a great idea to eat bacon that's been in the fridge for more than a week. If you've had your bacon in there for two weeks or more, whether it's opened or unopened bacon, it's definitely time to toss it out. Eating old bacon can increase your chances of getting sick, so, better safe than sorry!

How Long Does Bacon Last After Opening?

So, you've opened up that package of bacon, and now you're wondering how long it will last before you toss it. Well, you've got about a week to chow it down, as long as you have it properly stored in the fridge at 40°F (4°C) or below. 

If you want to be extra careful, stick it in an airtight container or leave it in the original packaging to keep it from getting any funky smells or contamination from other foods. 

Uncooked Bacon on a Board with Herbs

How Long Does Cooked Bacon Last in the Freezer?

If you're wondering how long you can freeze cooked bacon, it really depends on whether you cooked it yourself or bought it pre-cooked. Your leftover cooked bacon can last up to 1 month in the freezer, according to the USDA

But pre-cooked bacon that is shelf-stable can last up to three months! If bought refrigerated, you should eat it within three months. 

However, always ensure to store bacon only in an airtight container or wrap it in aluminum foil. This helps to keep it tasting fresh and delicious and prevents freezer burn.

How Long Does Bacon Grease Last?

Your leftover bacon grease will last in the fridge for up to three months. Although a few others believe you can leave it for up to a year in the freezer.

This is good news since I don't recommend storing bacon along with the grease in the first place.

How Do You Know If Bacon Has Gone Bad?

If you see any signs of spoilage, like a gross smell, slimy texture, or color changes, then your bacon has gone bad. Do yourself a favor and throw it out. It's not worth risking your stomach over, trust me! 

You could otherwise get food poisoning if you go ahead and consume any of that. A spoiled pork product like bacon is often host to a colony of bad microorganisms like Trichinellosis

After a couple of minutes of consuming that bad bacon, you could start experiencing nausea, vomiting, diarrhea, fever, or abdominal discomfort, according to the CDC. Won't be nice betraying your stomach for just a plate of bacon!

How to Store Cooked Bacon?

Here's how you can store bacon that has been cooked:

  • Let that delicious bacon cool down to room temperature.
  • Wrap it up nice and tight in some foil or place it in an airtight container.
  • Stick it in the fridge, but make sure to keep it away from anything with a strong smell.
  • Eat it within 4-5 days. Take my word for it; you won't want to wait any longer than that!
  • Want to save some bacon for even later? No problem! Just freeze it.

How to Store Uncooked Bacon?

Alright, here's the deal on how to store your uncooked bacon:

How I like to store my uncooked bacon is to keep it in its original packaging or stick it in an airtight container or resealable plastic bag. 

Just make sure to chuck it in the coldest part of the fridge, usually the bottom shelf, and keep the temperature below the recommended maximum to prevent any bacterial growth or spoilage. 

Remember, if you've cracked that package open, you've got about a week to use it up. 

And if you're feelin' like saving some for later, frozen bacon can last up to 4 months. But, whatever you do, always check for any signs of spoilage before cooking up a storm. Nobody likes to eat bad bacon! 

Raw Bacon Strips on a Cutting Board with Herbs and Peppers

Conclusion 

Bacon is a total crowd-pleaser, but you must know how long it can hang in your fridge before it goes bad. Usually, you can keep your bacon fresh for around a week if you store it right at 40 degrees Fahrenheit or colder. To give it an even longer lifespan, wrap it up in some foil or plastic wrap and put it in a container that seals up tight.

Keep an eye out for funky smells or slimy textures, and always trust your gut when deciding whether to eat it or pitch it. With these tips, you'll be chowing down on bacon for days to come!

By Kristy J. Norton
I'm Kristy – a chef and connoisseur of all things BBQ! You can find me either in my kitchen (or someone else's) or at a big outdoor barbecue surrounded by friends and family. In both my professional and personal life I’ve picked up more than a few tips and tricks for turning out delicious food. I consider it a privilege to share it with others!
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