I generally buy bacon in a 3lb package, and just ran out yesterday. So I went into the freezer and grabbed another packeage to thaw. I just realized that I will be out of town for a week, leaving in a couple of days. I know I COULD probably eat 3lbs in the next three days, but I have some good looking steaks too, so I most like wont be doing that.
Can I refreeze the bacon and thaw it out again once I get back or should I just leave it in the fridge?
The repeated freezing, thawing, freezing, thawing of any food is not ideal. My father was a food inspector for the military, and one of the things he taught me fairly young was that repeated freezing and thawing (beyond one time only) breaks down the food because of the expansion/contraction of the food molecules. It compromises the integrity of the food and can cause several problems:
This is why many frozen foods say "Do no refreeze" on the package. I would think bacon would not be impervious to these same problems.
The USDA says not to because bacteria grow while it's thawing then more grow while it's thawing again.
That said, the USDA also recommends eating corn, wheat, etc...
I do it and as long as it's properly packaged, it will be fine.
There is nothing unhealthy about cholesterol but damaged cholesterol is not good for you. The freezing and thawing of fat repeatedly damages the cholesterol from what I've read. I never refreeze fat or meat for this reason.
I try to be very thrifty with food and leftovers, but this is something that I just won't do -- refreeze something that has been thawed. It really affects the texture and flavor of the food, but worse, it sets up an environment for bacteria growth. It would be too easy to have bacteria grow while it is thawing the first time and then run rampant when it is thawing the second time.
I have been known to hack apart a piece of meat or something with a saw or hammer + chisel if I really want to break it into smaller portions. Or usually I'll just call a few friends over. You might be able to slip a sturdy knife between slices of frozen bacon to part it out.
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