The Best Way to Defrost Bacon!

Bacon sizzling in a hot panPeople really have an all-out love fest and obsession when it comes to bacon. There is nothing better than having that cured meat intermingle with your taste buds.  Even though bacon is great, it can be quite annoying when it comes time to defrost it. Well for my impatient friends, I will highlight the best methods available to thaw out bacon.

3 Options to Thaw Bacon

1. In a Container Filled With Cold Water – Fill a container with cold water and throw the frozen pack of bacon in there. The food must be in a leak-proof package or plastic bag. If the bag leaks, bacteria from the air or surrounding environment could be introduced into the food. Also, the bacon may absorb water, resulting in a watery product. ((“Bacon and Food Safety”. Retrieved 2013-03-12)).  Once you have it submerged, it should take about 10-15 minutes for the bacon to thaw. The process can be sped up if the container is placed under a running pipe of cold water.

Best Way to Defrost Bacon
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2. In a Microwave – defrosting bacon in the microwave can be a very quick process. All you need to do is take out the bacon and put it in a microwavable container. Choose the correct setting (consult the microwave’s owner’s manual) and hit start. The bacon should defrost between 5-10 minutes (depending on the amount of bacon that you will be defrosting). The only downside to this method is that some parts of the bacon may start to cook beforehand, so it is important that whatever you defrost, you should cook.


3. Throw the Frozen Bacon in the Frying Pan – This method is for the laziest people out there who have 0 patience and need their food right away. All you need to do is heat the frying pan or skillet up and throw in the frozen bacon. The heat will begin to melt all the ice and in a few minutes, you should be able to pull the strips of bacon off each other. The frying pan/skillet may get filled with water, but it should evaporate after a couple of seconds. Once this happens, the bacon will be cooking and you will be a happy camper.

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