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Tender Belly products should stay inside the vacuum packaging and be thawed in your refrigerator unless otherwise directed. This allows the product to thaw slowly while retaining the natural juices essential for great flavor.

We do not recommend thawing any items at room temperature or under hot water. Please be advised items such as hams, butts and loins take a few days to thaw. Thawed pork may be re-frozen as long as it has remained refrigerated and not thawed longer than a day.

Heads up! Sometimes the vacuum packaging will leak while the product is thawing in the refrigerator. This might happen by pinholes from freezing or shipping. Don’t be concerned as long as the product has remained frozen and refrigerated while thawing.


Our pork is individually wrapped and comes either frozen or refrigerated to preserve the utmost quality, freshness and flavor. General guidelines for storage in your refrigerator or freezer are below:

BaconOpen: 1 week | Unopen: 3 weeks9 Months
CharcuterieOpen: 1 week | Unopen: 3 weeks9 Months
Raw PorkOpen: 3 days | Unopen: 1 week6 Months