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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #25 on: October 15, 2021, 01:57:58 PM »

You know, I had NO idea that companies were selling pre-cooked bacon bits.

Still, I'd rather have a package of real bacon in the freezer, just in case.

Fake bacon is like fake crab.  No, just no.  Absolutely not.  Wrong in any universe.
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #26 on: October 15, 2021, 02:38:37 PM »

I really should consider rejoining Costco or BJs.

But I hate to do so for a couple of reasons...

1. I'm single. I just can't use a lot of the stuff in the quantities sold there.

2. Costco especially is a seething mass of humanity. I break into a sweat just thinking about walking into that place.

With Costco and being single, a vacuum sealer is your friend. I hate crowds there too, but weekday mornings are not bad if you can swing it. I'm told right before closing also isn't bad, but I never go there that late.
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #27 on: October 15, 2021, 02:50:42 PM »

Yeah, I've got a vacuum sealer. But I'm not sure that I have enough freezer space to store a 250-lb "family pack" of chicken thighs...
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #28 on: October 15, 2021, 03:00:03 PM »

Walmart here sells 3# (I think it's actually 2.5# now) packages of Plumrose bacon ends & pieces.  I just finished a package and need to buy a couple more; 1.5 pack for the freezer and a half a pack for the fridge.  It cooks up better than sliced bacon and works just as well in a BLT.  It's a lot cheaper than sliced bacon.

Costco and Sam's both sell real bacon sprinkles in big bags for less than $10.  They don't need refrigeration until you open them, then they do unless you use 'em up real fast. 

And I still have a few packages of sliced bacon in the freezer from when KwikTrip put it on sale a year or two ago.  It freezes very well.  Probably oxidizes a little if you leave it in there more than a few years.

Sometimes expensive bacon from a butcher shop is a better deal than supermarket bacon because it doesn't shrink as much, and you don't have to cook off a bunch of water before it actually fries.  And you can buy it pretty much by the slice instead of big packages.
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #29 on: October 15, 2021, 10:45:56 PM »

Ben:

"I have bacon and eggs 1-2 times a week, with 5-6 pieces of bacon per meal (or 4-5 because of the begging dog) ..."

=D

As I remember, with two dogs in the house (back when), that problem was general to all foods... especially since I couldn't dissuade the kids from slipping them some goodies from the humans' table whenever I blinked.  To this day, I swear it was a game for them with the dogs as witting and willing guerrillas.

K Frame:

"Those bacon bits generally aren't bacon."

"Those bacon bits generally aren't bacon."

Where'd you get that from?  Rocket man also questioned that. I just threw out an emptied jar of those so I can't check the ingredients, but I wasn't aware of that.  Brand name differences?

Millcreek:

"I just pulled a bacon package out to thaw so we can make this on Sunday:  https://www.bigoven.com/recipe/split-pea-soup-hearty-split-pea-soup-from-the-new-york-times/972325"

You low-down  dirty rotten scoundrel, you.  Sounds out of this world delicious, but some folks have to watch their Nackle (NaCl) intake.  I used to love lentil soup with cut up hot dogs in it and it was a favorite at pot luck affairs at work.

But the Nackle, the Nackle !

I think I'll check my BP now... Just the thought of that much Nackle in your NYT recipe must have spiked it.

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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #30 on: October 15, 2021, 11:45:22 PM »

I didn't question the fake bacon bits so much as say that genuine ones are readily available.  Maybe K-frame had a hiccup or two in the past when he bought bacon bits, got the fake ones accidentally.
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #31 on: October 16, 2021, 02:20:29 AM »

"Those bacon bits generally aren't bacon."

Well, I questioned that because of the "generally," but let's let it go.  My misinterpretation.

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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #32 on: October 16, 2021, 02:29:35 AM »

These https://www.amazon.com/McCormick-Culinary-Flavored-Bacon-Bits/dp/B005D8SWXQ/ref=asc_df_B005D8SWXQ and the Bacos brand in small bottles are actually pretty good, but are a poor substitute for the real deal.  For one thing, they are not greasy enough :)  Use the imitation soy bacon bits on a salad (they are good for that), and get real bacon crumbles for everything else.
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #33 on: October 16, 2021, 07:02:50 AM »

"K Frame:

"Those bacon bits generally aren't bacon."

Where'd you get that from?  Rocket man also questioned that. I just threw out an emptied jar of those so I can't check the ingredients, but I wasn't aware of that.  Brand name differences?"

Well, when I was growing up, the only "bacon bits" that you could store in a cupboard were Bacos.

From the Amazon listing for Bacos (which are unavailable):

"Bacon-flavored condiment made with the goodness of soy
No saturated fat or cholesterol; contains no meat
Preservative-free food in a convenient, re-closable container"

There are a number of other makers of similar products, like McCormick, only they're flat out called imitation bacon bits. But they're made with soy (as in textured soy flour).

I see the imitation bacon bits most commonly on salad bars (saw them on the salad bar at the grocery last night, in fact). Never cared for them, never go looking for them, never use them.

But, as others have noted, and which I didn't know about, there's now REAL bacon bits in bags that are relatively shelf stable. I never went looking for it so I didn't know it existed.

But, I think I still want to sock away some real bacon in the freezer. Few things smell better than bacon cooking, and part of cooking bacon for a recipe is getting the bacon fat as a cooking oil.

For example, when I do chili and put bacon in it, I cook the bacon slowly to get it fairly firm, but to also get all of the fat out of it.

Then I cook the onions, peppers, garlic, chilis, and anything else in the bacon fat before it all goes into the pot. Simply can't beat that flavor boost.
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #34 on: October 16, 2021, 07:35:42 AM »

^^^My parents were both born and raised in NE Arkansas, so as a kid growing up, they always had a container of bacon drippings in the fridge used for frying.  Due to now taking statins, that is one habit I had to drop.
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #35 on: October 16, 2021, 07:47:15 AM »

I would make my own bacon bits, but I always eat all the bacons...
 
I use this when I make Evil Mac'n'Cheezes...
 
https://www.aldireviewer.com/tuscan-garden-real-bacon-bits/
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #36 on: October 16, 2021, 07:56:25 AM »

I would make my own bacon bits, but I always eat all the bacons...
 
I use this when I make Evil Mac'n'Cheezes...
 
https://www.aldireviewer.com/tuscan-garden-real-bacon-bits/

:rofl: 

That's like making egg nog for Christmas.  The guests rarely got to have any of our homemade and I always had to run out and get some from the store, and spice that up for the guests.  I used to call it Rescue Nog.

(That was when I was drinking.)

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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #37 on: October 16, 2021, 08:21:48 AM »

^^^My parents were both born and raised in NE Arkansas, so as a kid growing up, they always had a container of bacon drippings in the fridge used for frying.  Due to now taking statins, that is one habit I had to drop.

Yeah, I'm taking statins, too, but I'm going the moderation route, not the religious-type penance route.
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #38 on: October 16, 2021, 08:54:28 AM »

If this group was really woke, turkey bacon would have been mentioned by now.
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #39 on: October 16, 2021, 09:27:08 AM »

If this group was really woke, turkey bacon would have been mentioned by now.

Turkey bacon is like imitation crab meat.  No, just no.  I guess this crowd just isn't woke.
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #40 on: October 16, 2021, 09:30:15 AM »

If this group was really woke, turkey bacon would have been mentioned by now.

That's not woke. This is woke:

https://lovingitvegan.com/vegan-bacon/
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #41 on: October 16, 2021, 10:10:39 AM »

This is more woke since it involves unprocessed ingredients from Mother Gaia:

https://healthmylifestyle.com/carrot-bacon/
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #42 on: October 16, 2021, 03:17:57 PM »

If this group was really woke, turkey bacon would have been mentioned by now.

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I tried turkey bacon some years ago. Butterball, I think.

The taste was good, the mouthfeel not so much. It was loaded with bone chips, which was VERY off putting.
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #43 on: October 16, 2021, 03:52:10 PM »

When I was a kid my parents hosted a high school student via American Field Service. He was from Sri Lanka and happened to be muslim. He was overjoyed to find that our bacon bits didn't contain any actual pork. He ate them all the time from then on.

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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #44 on: October 16, 2021, 06:51:08 PM »

As I said, you're really buying the smoke.

Which works well with some substrates, others not so much.

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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #45 on: October 17, 2021, 08:16:36 PM »

I never heard of such a thing.  Sounds real good.  I'll have to give that a try.
Yes, an egg with bacon filling sounds good.   =)

I freeze it all the time. 
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #46 on: October 17, 2021, 08:18:18 PM »

As I said, you're really buying the smoke.

Which works well with some substrates, others not so much.
Since most of it I eat is fried in a pan before frying eggs, I think I want a little more than the smoke. 

Gotta have the grease also.   =)
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #47 on: October 18, 2021, 07:12:26 AM »

Since most of it I eat is fried in a pan before frying eggs, I think I want a little more than the smoke. 

Gotta have the grease also.   =)

Bingo.

I can throw all of the smoke and salt I want into a pot, but it will NEVER replicate the flavor that actual bacon adds, because you don't get the pork flavor profile with just liquid smoke and salt.

I threw a pound into the freezer yesterday. I'll grab another pound or two for the deep freeze.

But, I found some solid gold in the freezer... a really nice looking chunk of beef chuck that I forgot that I bought.

I think I'll turn that into borscht sometime in the next couple of weeks.
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #48 on: October 18, 2021, 11:49:35 AM »

Bingo.

I can throw all of the smoke and salt I want into a pot, but it will NEVER replicate the flavor that actual bacon adds, because you don't get the pork flavor profile with just liquid smoke and salt.

I threw a pound into the freezer yesterday. I'll grab another pound or two for the deep freeze.

But, I found some solid gold in the freezer... a really nice looking chunk of beef chuck that I forgot that I bought.

I think I'll turn that into borscht sometime in the next couple of weeks.

Imitation bacon bits suck for cooking, but they are actually pretty good for some things; adding a salty bacon-y crunch to salads.  Or just as a salty snack if you don't pretend they are bacon.  For cooking, if you can't have real bacon (sad!) try a smoked turkey wing.  The smoked turkey fat kinda works.

Congrats on the unexpected beef roast :)
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Re: How well does bacon freeze?
« Reply #49 on: October 19, 2021, 12:19:51 AM »

I have a good amount of frozen bacon in my freezer right now - the vacuum packed packages it's sold in are just fine and require no additional wrapping.

Hmmmm . . . thinking about it now, I think I should probably make some bacon buns this weekend . . .

Exactly.  I freeze it like that too.
And check those "ingredients" on those "bacon bits".  IIRC, most of them are soy-based with artificial flavors.  The fats in real bacon would turn rancid in days no matter how it is processed.
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