How to tell if bacon has gone bad and how to properly store it

Bacon can go bad due to a number of factors, including exposure to air and moisture.

If you’re not sure if bacon is bad, or wondering whether it needs to be stored differently, you’ve come to the right place!

Because in this article I’ll show you everything you need to know on how to tell if your bacon has gone bad and how to properly store it!

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What Are Signs of Spoiled Bacon?

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There are a few clear signs that bacon has gone bad.


The first thing to look out for is mold. If your bacon has been sitting around in its packaging for too long without being cooked or eaten up quickly enough after purchase, there may also be signs of mold on it as well as discoloration from excess moisture or blood stains from insects (like flies).

This is the most obvious sign that bacon has gone bad, so if any of your slices have started to grow mold, then throw them away as they will make you ill.


If you’ve bought a package of bacon that’s gone bad, it will probably smell a bit (or a lot ;-)) off as well.

So, look out for an unusual odor. Spoiled bacon usually has an unpleasant smell, and the stronger the scent, the more spoiled it is likely to be.


Another sign that something may be wrong with your bacon is if it changes color when exposed to air.


lastly, check whether all of your slices have become dry and brittle over time or they remain pliable but slightly shriveled after being left on a plate for too long without refrigeration.

These are all signs that the meat has spoiled and should not be eaten no matter how much time passed since opening it up in the first place.

I would recommend throwing them away immediately as this could cause some serious health problems later on down the line!

What Happens If You Eat Bad Bacon

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What happens when you eat bad bacon is the same as with any other food that’s gone bad. it’s likely you’ll get sick (This of course depends on the strength of your immune system)

Bad bacon can contain harmful bacteria like salmonella and listeria, which can cause serious illness or even death in people with certain medical conditions.

How Can You Properly Store Bacon?

The best way to store bacon is in the original packaging.

If you’ve opened your package, place it back into its original bag or container and seal it tightly.

If you don’t have the original container, keep your uncooked bacon fresh by wrapping it in tin foil or putting it in an airtight container before storing it in the refrigerator or freezer.

When you’ve already cooked the bacon, it’s recommended to divide it into little bits and wrap it in paper towels before freezing it.

How Long Is Bacon Safe to Eat After Opening?

Once opened and cooked, bacon can be stored in the fridge for five to seven days. If you find you’ve cooked too much bacon, you can always freeze it.

Cooked bacon that has been frozen will preserve its excellent flavor and texture for roughly a month.

If you’re planning on freezing your bacon and then using it later (say for recipes that call for refrigerated or frozen bacon), make sure to plan ahead.

The longer the meat sits at room temperature, the more moisture will be released and this can affect how well your bacon cooks in future batches of dishes like soups or stews.

How Do You Prevent Bacon From Going Bad?

The best way to prevent your bacon from going bad is to freeze it as soon as you get it.

If you’re not in a rush, wrap the slices individually in plastic wrap and then place them into an airtight freezer bag. This will help keep all of the delicious flavors locked inside!

If you want to make sure that your bacon doesn’t go bad before using it, consider freezing it immediately after cooking or buying extra so that there’s always some on hand for quick meals throughout the week.

How Long Does Bacon Grease Last?

The shelf life of bacon grease is about a year.

It will last longer if it’s stored in the fridge, but it won’t be good much past that point.

To extend the life of your bacon grease, you can store your grease in an airtight container or jar and keep it at room temperature for up to six months.

Refrigerate any leftovers for up to two weeks (or freeze them).

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