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BACON - COOKED, LEFTOVERS

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3-4 days
Freezer
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2-3 months

Tips

  • How long does cooked bacon last in the fridge? The precise answer to that question depends to a large extent on storage conditions - refrigerate bacon within two hours of cooking.
  • To maximize the shelf life of cooked bacon for safety and quality, refrigerate the bacon in shallow airtight containers or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or plastic wrap.
  • Properly stored, cooked bacon will last for 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator.
  • To further extend the shelf life of cooked bacon, freeze it; freeze in covered airtight containers or heavy-duty freezer bags, or wrap tightly with heavy-duty aluminum foil or freezer wrap.
  • How long does cooked bacon last in the freezer? Properly stored, it will maintain best quality for about 2 to 3 months, but will remain safe beyond that time.
  • The freezer time shown is for best quality only - cooked bacon that has been kept constantly frozen at 0? will keep safe indefinitely.
  • How long does cooked bacon last after being frozen and thawed? Cooked bacon that has been thawed in the fridge can be kept for an additional 3 to 4 days in the refrigerator before cooking; bacon that was thawed in the microwave or in cold water should be eaten immediately.
  • How long does cooked bacon last at room temperature? Bacteria grow rapidly at temperatures between 40 °F and 140 °F; cooked bacon should be discarded if left for more than 2 hours at room temperature.
  • How to tell if cooked bacon is bad or spoiled? The best way is to smell and look at the bacon: signs of bad bacon are a sour smell and a slimy texture; discard any bacon with an off smell or appearance, do not taste first.

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