These days bacon is such a hot ingredient, it's everywhere! Within the past couple of months, the fatty, salty pork has become a staple in my pantry. If you use bacon as much as I do, consider placing the bacon in the freezer 15 to 20 minutes before slicing any time a recipe calls for uncooked, chopped bacon. The colder the bacon, the easier it is to slice and dice. For the most efficient cutting, use a properly-sharpened knife. Be sure not to forget about the bacon — you don't want it to freeze completely.

This technique also works well for pancetta and proscuitto. Is bacon a recurring ingredient in your meals? Share your secrets for handling bacon below!