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How to Freeze Bologna

Do you wonder if it’s okay to freeze extra bologna? Although it’s pretty much always easy to find bologna, there are times when I like to pick up extra and freeze it. And that’s fine. In fact, freezing bologna is an excellent way to make sure you always have some on hand. It also extends the shelf life. 

stack of bologna slices

Next time your favorite brand of bologna goes on sale, double your order. I sometimes even triple my order because … well, you never know when you’ll need a bologna sandwich. Below, you’ll find some tips on freezing it without losing flavor and quality. And then I added how to thaw it and some ways you can use it.


I think that the main benefit of freezing bologna is being able to take advantage of sales. You can stock up when the prices are at their lowest.

Another benefit is having it available for those times when you need to make a sandwich. Having it in your freezer or fridge keeps you from having to make a run to the grocery store.

row of folded bologna

If you freeze bologna, it should be good for several months. So getting extra shouldn’t be a problem as long as you freeze it and thaw it properly. Read on for more tips on how to freeze and thaw bologna.

How to Freeze Bologna: Step by Step

There are some things you need to consider before freezing bologna. Follow these steps, and you’ll be just fine!


First, make sure the bologna is fresh. If you’ve had it in the refrigerator for a few days, check for signs of spoilage, such as a bad smell or slimy texture. It has to start out good in order to be good at a later date.


Next, choose the best packaging possible. I like freezer bags and aluminum foil. You can also use vacuum seal bags if you have the equipment.

The key is to push out as much of the air as possible to prevent freezer burn. I double-wrap the bologna to make sure it doesn’t leak or absorb smells from other food.


Divide the bologna into portions. You can break the portions down to individual, double, or even family sized amounts. 

double-folded bologna


Use some form of labeling so you know what’s in the package and the date you froze it. I write this information with a Sharpie directly on the outer packaging.


Place the wrapped bologna in the freezer. I like to find a spot in the freezer where the bologna will maintain its shape and not get scrunched into a ball.

Tips for Thawing the Bologna

Thawing bologna is super easy. Plus if you do it right, it tastes as fresh as it was when you first put it in the freezer. Never let it sit out on the counter to thaw because that can cause it to breed bacteria.

Here is how I thaw bologna:

bologna sandwich on white bread

Remove the bologna from the freezer and take off the outer wrapper. Place it on a plate or bowl and put it in the refrigerator overnight. It should be thawed and ready to eat the next day.

Using Thawed Bologna

After it’s thawed, use it within three to five days. You can be assured that it is safe and tastes just as good for that long.

Cut up some bologna and add it to an omelet. This adds a tremendous amount of flavor and delivers such a satisfying but light meal.

Omelet topped with salsa and served with toast

Do you enjoy a good, old-fashioned fried bologna sandwich? Here’s one from Julia’s Simply Southern that will have your taste buds singing a happy tune!

We like it added to a grilled cheese sandwich. My favorite way to grill sandwiches is in my air fryer. Not only does it come out yummy, but it’s also easy for cleanup.

grilled cheese sandwich on a plate with pickle slices

Mix some cut bologna into your favorite pasta salad. The added protein turns the salad into a one-bowl meal. Serve it with a side of bread and a delicious smoothie.

Serving of rotini pasta salad

Budget-Friendly but Delicious Sandwich Meat

I love finding ways to save money at the grocery store. As prices go up, I dig even deeper to bring my bill down. Picking up some extra bologna or any other sandwich meat when it goes on sale enables my family to enjoy delicious meals on a budget.

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