TIPS: chopping bacon

The other night I pulled some bacon out of the freezer and started cutting it immediately, not bothering to wait to let it defrost. To my surprise, slicing the bacon into small, trendy lardons was a lot easier with the frozen clump of bacon than with fresh, unfrozen. It didn’t slip all over the cutting board. So if you have the time, freeze the bacon before chopping it! This also means that if you don’t have time you don’t need to bother waiting for the huge clump to defrost: you can just cut off whatever you need, toss the rest back into the freezer, and continue cooking!

Disclaimer: health and safety guidelines state that you should defrost meat completely before using it. The cut up pieces of bacon do, for obvious reasons, defrost more quickly than a large chunk of bacon.