How to Save and Use Bacon Grease

First, cool it down

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When storing bacon grease, let it cool down enough in the pan so you can handle it without getting burned. Pour the grease through a piece of cheesecloth into a container to strain out the tiny bacon bits left over. If you prefer to keep these flavorful bits in your bacon grease, leave the grease to cool until it solidifies. You can then scoop it into a container, bacon bits and all.

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5 Ways to Use Bacon Grease

Bacon grease is a tasty substitute for butter and margarine in several recipes.

  1. Use it to sauté veggies: Bacon grease adds an extra dimension of flavor to everything from proteins to fresh veggies. Simmer your green beans with bacon fat and bacon bits or roast asparagus with a few tablespoons in the oven.
  2. Add it to homemade bread: Bacon grease can amp up the flavor of a traditional loaf of country bread, or you can use it to toast hearty wheat bread for a crispy grilled cheese sandwich. Add a few tablespoons of bacon grease to your cornbread or biscuit mix for a smoky flavor.
  3. Mix it into loaded mashed potatoes: Swap the butter in your recipe for mashed potatoes with bacon grease. Toss in shredded cheese, bacon bits, and chives for an added punch of flavor.
  4. Season your cast-iron skillet: After the initial wash, use a paper towel to coat your cast-iron skillet with bacon grease before letting it bake in the oven.
  5. Make scrambled eggs: Coat your pan with bacon fat before cracking your eggs instead of cooking spray.

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There are many main dishes that are even better when you use bacon grease. For example, I love it when I have bacon grease on hand when I make this dish. It adds a great smoky touch to the dish.

7. Grease your pans

The easiest way to use bacon grease is to oil your pans with it. If your grease has already hardened in the fridge into handy little pods, simply plop it in your heated pan and watch it melt. Then, toss in whatever meat or veggies you need to sauté. Cooking with bacon grease will add a smokey, meaty flavor to whatever’s in the pan.

And with that, we’ll see you at the grocery store. We’re going to buy some bacon now. 

How to Dispose of Bacon Grease

Bacon dripping can be disposed of with the rest of the garbage once it is solidified. In this manner, you can place a heavy-duty foil inside a cup and pour the liquid grease in it. Once it has thickened, you can remove the substance and dispose of it together with the foil. You can do the same with residues of bacon fat you have been using by throwing away the whole container into the garbage can. But I would recommend you to get a Bacon Grease container (Look on amazon) instead so that you can use it later.

Bacon fat down the Drain

You should never pour liquid bacon grease down the drain since it will solidify after a short period. The situation will cause blockage in your drainage pipe which cannot be dislodged using water. Even if you resort to hot water, the fat is likely to solidify in different areas of the drainage system.

1. Make DIY fire starters. 

One of our favorite fall activities is curling up in front of a fire with the family to sip hot chocolate and watch holiday movies. To prepare a roaring flame that will warm the room, you’ll need a fire starter. Instead of spending money on costly store-bought fire starters, why not make your own? 

All you have to do is dip a piece of cloth or fabric in your bacon grease and tie it with a string so you can easily light the strip without burning your fingers. Then, ignite the grease-soaked fabric when your fireplace is ready. Pretty simple, right? It gets easier: Dipping your kindling in the grease may be good enough to get a good blaze going. 

Substitute for Bacon Grease

Many people who may not like the flavor of bacon could be in dire need of a substitute. For individuals mindful of their health, fat drippings from animal products are their ultimate choice. When you consider the levels of saturated fats, for instance, you will find that it is 66% in regular butter while the percentage is only 38 in bacon grease.

Fortunately, there are other options aside from bacon fat. First, there is tallow which is fat from beef. Secondly, one can use schmaltz which is fat from poultry. Thirdly, ghee that comes from dairy fat can be used in place of bacon fat.

Why use bacon grease instead of other cooking oils?

According to Elrod, bacon grease also has some natural properties you can’t get with plant-based oils. It’s not just flavor that makes it such a good tool in the kitchen.

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“Growing up and in my early career I only cooked with vegetable oils. When I started cooking with animal fats I was blown away by how much better they functioned as a cooking medium,” she explains. “There is less splatter, less burning and scorching, more control over the heat, and more flavor. Now I use them in concert with vegetable fats and oils to get the results I want.”

Baked Goods

I have tried this yet, but you can also use bacon grease as the fat in pie crusts, biscuits, muffins, pancakes, etc. It could be delicious if used in the right recipe. Think of corn muffins made with bacon grease instead of oil served with hot chili. Yum!

Do you save your bacon grease? If so, how do you use yours?

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Put Your Bacon Grease in the Fridge

Some people leave their bacon grease out on their kitchen tables or place it inside a cabinet in the kitchen, but this isn’t the best idea. If you’d like to keep it fresh and usable, you should put it in the fridge. Bacon grease lasts an incredibly long time in the refrigerator. You can continue using it for up to three months if you decide to put it in your fridge.

How to store bacon grease

Elrod has some tips for where to put your bacon fat once you filter it: “I store bacon grease in a clean glass jar with a tight fitting lid, like an empty jelly jar.” And while you can technically keep it in your kitchen pantry at room temperature, “I store it in the refrigerator for my own peace of mind. If I have a lot I keep some in the freezer.”

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Bacon grease will solidify in the fridge, and in its solid form, it’s easy to manage. All you have to do is dig out a spoonful and plop it right into whatever cooking vessel you’re using. If you’re an overachiever, you can even use an ice cube tray to portion it out in the freezer for later.

How to Save and Use Bacon Grease

Saving bacon grease simply makes sense. If you’re going to make bacon, you’ll end up with grease in the skillet. Instead of tossing it out and getting rid of such a valuable ingredient, store it and save it for later. The number of foods you can prepare with bacon grease as a primary ingredient are endless. 

You’ll love the flavor the grease brings to some of your favorite dishes, including grilled sandwiches, veggies, and even stews. If you don’t already have a good container for storage, consider buying mason jars or other large containers with airtight lids to have available to use when you need a safe place to store your bacon grease.

How to store bacon grease in the refrigerator and freezer

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If your goal is to keep bacon grease for several months, then keep it in the refrigerator. You can store it in the refrigerator for up to six months in a glass or ceramic jar with a tight lid. For even longer storage, place it in the freezer and use it within nine months. In both situations, it will solidify, but you will still be able to scoop it out with a spoon (frozen grease will be more difficult). Another option is to simply let it sit at room temperature for an hour or so to soften before using it.

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