By Monica Patrick

It's pretty easy to let your eyes get bigger than your stomach, especially when it comes to bacon. So if you come home with a serious haul from the grocery store, you may have to freeze some in order to salvage it. Bringing bacon back from the freezer is a bit of a tricky process if you want to avoid it becoming stiff and unwieldy. But if you follow these directions, there will never be a thing as too much bacon.

Sizzling hot bacon in a cast iron skillet
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Freeze individual slices of bacon in a wax or parchment-lined container.

Cooking Bacon

Step 1

Place a paper towel on a microwave-proof tray. Remove slices of bacon from the freezer.

Step 2

Press a paper towel on top of the frozen bacon. This will catch any drippings that may pop or spatter as the meat heats.

Step 3

Microwave the bacon for two minutes. Remove the bacon carefully using an oven mitt or towel.

Baking Bacon

Step 1

Remove the frozen, uncooked bacon from the freezer. Line a deep baking sheet with aluminum foil. Preheat your oven to 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Step 2

Place the strips on the baking sheet, spacing them 1/2- to 1-inch apart. Put the tray in the heated oven.

Step 3

Cook the bacon for 17 to 20 minutes. The baking process will prevent you from being hit by the melting ice crystals on the frozen bacon as it interacts with the hot grease.

Step 4

Use an oven mitt to remove the baking tray. With tongs, transfer the bacon to a paper-lined serving tray.