How Long Does Bacon Last?


As you know, bacon is the side pork that is the favorite food in many families, especially in Western. Bacon is one of the top favorite foods during the past decade, still an important option in the American diet. It provides fat flavor and texture including two kinds of bacon: dried-cured bacon and wet-cured bacon. These two types have different cooking methods so they can bring special tastes from salty, subtle to meaty flavor.

Although fresh bacon is delicious, if not preserved properly, it can quickly rot and make people sick with Salmonella and E. coli. Every food has its own shelf life, so does bacon. So how can you know the exact number of days that bacon last to serve for a longer time in the future? How long does bacon last in fridge? Here is the answer for you.

How long does Bacon last?

The lifetime of bacon depends on a variety of factors that can be listed as packaging, storage environment, types of bacon, etc… Each factor might affect differently to the maintenance of bacon in multiple conditions.

First, how long is sealed bacon good for? To answer this question, you need to check the expiry date on the packaging if it is safe to eat. You can freeze the bacon in a period of 6 to 8 months safely. Once the expiry date comes closely, you should use the bacon as soon as possible, not over 7 days after purchasing to guarantee that food poisoning will not happen.

For freshly opened bacon, it may be refrigerated for only 7 to 10 days after it passes the “sell-by” date if it is packaged and stored properly. Even it may expire during that time but don’t worry much about food safety and quality. The cooked cured bacon also can be safely consumed after 7 – 10 days of refrigerating. Opened bacon will not maintain in the freezer longer than the unopened one. Time to store is just only 1 to 2 months and remains the best for health beyond that time. At room temperature, 2 hours would be the best for keeping the health benefits of bacon.

But how long does bacon last after being unfrigerated? If you freeze and then thaw bacon by water or microwave, you obviously use within 2 hours to prevent food from being “conquered” by bacteria. However, when you let bacon defrost naturally in the fridge, it will last for 1 to 2 more days before cooking.

Although bacon is opened or unopened, to maximize the shelf life, wrap them in aluminum foil or cover with airtight container will be best. It ensures bacteria not enter easily into food and make it spoil faster.

So to have the best meal with bacon even after you bought it for a long time, remember to store bacon in precise method, environment and time. Besides, you also need to know how to recognize once your bacon cannot use through the signs of smell and visual in here.