Friends, this is the time of year when I like to make my family bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches. I think of it as comfort food and not to heavy of a meal for the hot weather. I just bought a package of Dinner Bell Bacon at Meijer. It is on sale for $2.50 this week. With bacon I prefer to buy name brand bacon only because it has been my experience that the pieces peel out of the package easier. It also does not stick to the paper towels in the microwave like the store brands have for me and my husband in the past. Once the bacon package is opened how long is it good for? I have some guidelines to help you out with that question.

Packaged sliced bacon can be kept in its unopened vacuum-sealed package in the refrigerator for up to a week past the expiration date. Once opened, keep it tightly wrapped in foil or a zip-lock bag and use within 1 week. Sealed packages of bacon can be frozen up to a month before the fat begins to go rancid. Cooked bacon can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

Friends, this is the time of year when I like to make my family bacon, lettuce and tomato sandwiches. I think of it as comfort food and not to heavy of a meal for the hot weather. I just bought a package of Dinner Bell Bacon at Meijer. It is on sale for $2.50 this week. With bacon I prefer to buy name brand bacon only because it has been my experience that the pieces peel out of the package easier. It also does not stick to the paper towels in the microwave like the store brands have for me and my husband in the past. Once the bacon package is opened how long is it good for? I have some guidelines to help you out with that question.

Packaged sliced bacon can be kept in its unopened vacuum-sealed package in the refrigerator for up to a week past the expiration date. Once opened, keep it tightly wrapped in foil or a zip-lock bag and use within 1 week. Sealed packages of bacon can be frozen up to a month before the fat begins to go rancid. Cooked bacon can be stored in the refrigerator for up to 5 days.

To freeze cooked bacon wrap individual portions in paper towels to cushion and then store in a zip-lock freezer bag. It can be stored in the freezer for up to 6 weeks. *Tip - Frozen cooked bacon can go right into a frying pan from the freezer. Cook it for 1 minute in a hot pan or warm it in the microwave for 30 minutes. When you initially cook it cook it just slightly under to the crispness you like. When reheating it you can then get the desired crispness. For now happy shopping!

Laurie, The Bag lady