The consumption of raw bacon is not recommended as it poses a risk for food-borne illness. Bacon contains pork, and it must be properly cooked to kill off any bacteria.
Bacon should be frozen or eaten within 7 days of the sell-by date. Packaged bacon can be safely frozen for 4 to 6 months.
Bacon can be cooked on the stove top, oven or microwave. Bacon should be cooked until it is crisp and golden brown.
The best method for thawing frozen bacon is in the refrigerator. Bacon can also be thawed in cold water or the microwave. It is not recommended to thaw bacon on the counter at room temperature.