Make Your Own Bacon Bits

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Make your own bacon bits in just 15 minutes. They taste SO much better than store-bought!

If you’ve ever tried “real” bacon bits from the store, you’ve probably been sorely disappointed. The taste of bacon is completely off, and those flavorless pieces do absolutely nothing except pile even more calories on top of a small salad or baked potato. {And it’s not like they’re even worth it!}

But who has time to cook bacon every time you need it as a topping or for a recipe? It’s actually easier than you might think.

All you have to do is set aside 15 minutes and whip up a big batch of bacon all at once. Since they keep amazingly well in the freezer, you’ll always have a stash on hand whenever the need for bacon bits arise!

How to Make Your Own Bacon Bits

Step 1: Cut bacon strips 4 at a time with kitchen scissors and place into a frying pan.

Make Your Own Bacon Bits | Creative SavingsStep 2: Set frying pan on Medium High heat and stir occasionally until bacon is done. The timing will be different depending on how much bacon you put into the pan, so keep a close eye on it!

Make Your Own Bacon Bits | Creative Savings

Step 3: Drain bacon grease into a bowl and place bacon bits onto a plate with 2 sheets of paper towels on it to soak up remaining grease.

Make Your Own Bacon Bits | Creative Savings

Step 4: Pat dry, and remove paper towels so bacon sits directly on plate. Spread out bacon bits and flash-freeze for 10 minutes.

Make Your Own Bacon Bits | Creative Savings

Step 5: Pull bacon bits out of freezer and place into a labeled jar. Store in freezer and pull out whenever you need some!

Make Your Own Bacon Bits | Creative Savings

Total Cost: $2.75/cup

Store-bought bacon bits are slightly cheaper than cooking your own from pre-cut strips, but that’s considering you never buy bacon on sale. Our local Publix often has a Buy One Get One deal every few months, which makes the price pretty attractive.

We like to stock up and make bacon bits a few packages at a time, just so we always have some on hand in the freezer. I guess you could say it’s our very own convenience food, except this one tastes SO much better!

Do you buy bacon bits or make your own?

 

Should you buy store bought bacon bits or whip up your own at home? This post explains which is cheaper!

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Comments

  1. says

    I love this idea. I would love to try this with my favorite nitrate nitrite free uncured bacon cause I can’t find that at the store. I love to add these to baked potatoes and scrambled eggs.

    • Kalyn Brooke says

      I never would have thought to add them to scrambled eggs, but that sounds super yummy!

  2. Sarah says

    This is a great idea, especially freezing them! I don’t hate the taste of the bacon bits from the store but they always go bad too quickly!

  3. Susan Grimes says

    This is a great idea. TY. I don’t hate the taste of the ones I buy, I get the Oscar Meyer ones but I don’t like all the preservatives that are added. We use them mostly in salads and eggs.

  4. Monique says

    I never thought to do this! What a great idea! Thanks for sharing. I save the bacon grease anytime I make it. I use it to make homemade refried beans. It gives them a great smoky flavor and when you add in cheese the taste is unbelievable!

  5. Lana says

    I have done these for many years and they don’t even need to be flash frozen. Just put them in a container and freeze. Mine never stick together.

  6. Alicia says

    Great idea, I usually do make bacon but when I make it I bake it in the oven on a layer of parchment paper at 400° for about 18 minutes, depending on the thickness. This is a great idea to freeze cooked bacon, i’ll have to try that sometime. I would be tempted to lightly crisp the frozen bacon in my toaster oven on a tray before topping. I do know that pre-cooked and re-crisped bacon works great for having company or a making a do-ahead breakfast.

    • Kalyn Brooke says

      I love your idea to cook them in the oven! I never liked cleaning up all that extra grease on the stovetop.

  7. Shauna says

    We do this with bacon, ham, onions, peppers (any color) and tomatoes. It makes scrambled much more fun even on busy mornings. I just use canning jars on the door of my freezer to “store” these items so a quick grab is all I need to put breakfast on the table in a hurry.

    • Kalyn Brooke says

      Yes, those would be such quick and colorful add-ins for scrambled eggs in the morning – Yum!

  8. Regina says

    Depending on how often you use them, you could also just keep them in the fridge. I use them on eggs as well. Delish!!!

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