How Long Can You Keep Cooked Bacon?

Fresh, hot bacon is great, but sometimes it's nice to have bacon on hand for quick breakfasts or to add to salads and sandwiches. You can make bacon ahead of time and keep it in the fridge, but how long does it last? And when it's time to use it, what's the best way to reheat it?

Chowhound user greygarious prefers well-rendered bacon and cooks a pound at a time—it keeps in the refrigerator for up to six weeks. She always reheats in the oven or on the stovetop. "Microwave reheating makes bacon leathery rather than crisp," she says. While not everyone thinks it's a good idea to keep bacon that long, Chowhounds agree that keeping bacon in the fridge for a week is just fine. LisaPA suggests slightly undercooking the bacon if you know that you'll be reheating it later.

If you're planning to sprinkle it on a salad, gmm recommends cutting it up before cooking, then storing the pieces for later use. For salads, laliz recommends bacon candy—watch this CHOW video to learn how to make your own.

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