How To Store Or Dispose Of Bacon Grease. (and what to use it for)

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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.

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What to Do With Bacon Grease

Bacon fat is such a flavorful fat to cook with. We use a generous amount when making Mexican refried pinto beans or black beans.

Bacon fat is fabulous for sautéing brussels sprouts.

You can also use bacon fat to brown rice for a rice pilaf or for making scrambled eggs.

Basically, you can use bacon fat for frying anything that would benefit from having bacon flavor!

When cooking with bacon fat, spoon it out from the jar. Usually half a teaspoon is all that is needed to give a flavor boost to what you are cooking.

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Bacon Grease on Dog Food

Is Bacon Grease Good or Bad for Dogs?

Many dogs will relish a dish of bacon fat. However, many veterinarians warn against giving the substance to dogs. Apparently, the high-fat diet will likely cause pancreatitis and obesity on the dog. Therefore, if you must give it to your dog then do it occasionally.

The next time you think of cooking bacon consider the best way to store its first.

Other Uses

Do not throw away bacon grease just because you are not a kitchen enthusiast; it has a wide array of applications aside from cooking.

Leaving the grease in a bug-infested area kills and repels them away. Additionally, applying the content on an area of the skin with a splinter softens it thus easing its removal.

Recipes Made Better with Bacon Grease

From the Editors Of Simply Recipes

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. 

Wilted Spinach Salad

Spinach salad never tasted so good! This old fashioned salad is a great way to use bacon grease. You can get my version in my cookbook, Fresh: Nourishing Salads for all Seasons.

How to make your own pre-cooked bacon

If you want to have bacon (and bacon grease) readily available, consider making your own precooked bacon. In this short video below, I share how to make pre-cooked bacon in the oven to avoid having to make it before guests arrive. After all, even those of us who love bacon are not fans of the lingering smell after cooking it.

4. Oil squeaky doors and hinges

You know that one bedroom door that wails and whines every time you open and close it? You can enjoy the sounds of silence simply by dipping a Q-tip in bacon grease and dabbing it along the door hinge. The bacon grease will act as a natural lubricant and allow all the working parts to function smoothly.

Is bacon grease bad for you?

Bacon fat is higher in monounsaturated fat (the good fat)  than butter. Unlike margarine, bacon grease does NOT contain trans fat (aka “bad fat”).  A comparison between a tablespoon of bacon grease, butter, and canola oil is quite interesting. Bacon grease has slightly less cholesterol than butter and only 2 more milligrams of saturated fat. It has the same number of calories as the oil, but more saturated fat and sodium.

How To Tell If Bacon Grease Is Bad?

First, look for typical signs of going bad, like the presence of mold, any discolorations on the surface, or an off smell. If you’ve followed all the guidelines from the storage section above, that should almost never happen.

Rancidification is next in line. Like all fats, such as oils or lard, bacon grease is susceptible to going rancid. It can go rancid because of improper storage conditions, or simply from being stored too long in a container that wasn’t sealed tightly.

If the fat smells rancid or not quite as it used to, it’s probably rancid. While in most cases rancid fat is harmless, it doesn’t taste good. And that means the food you make with it will taste bad too. Because of that, it’s best to discard it.

If everything seems to be just fine with the grease, you can try a small amount before using it, just to make sure it’s okay.

Yummy Veggies

I still think that the reason that so many people don’t like vegetables is that they’ve had steamed frozen vegetables served to them one too many times. There are many delicious ways to enjoy vegetables. They can be fancy, like this Roasted Asparagus with Lemon Butter Sauce, or they can be simple – like a simple one vegetable sauté. But when you sauté your vegetables, try using bacon grease! Vegetables that are cooked in a touch of bacon grease are delicious and have a much richer flavor.

What if I have to get rid of my bacon grease?

If you absolutely have to get rid of your bacon grease, whatever you do, don’t pour it down the drain. I have to admit, for years, as a Younger Dennis, I had no idea why you weren’t supposed to do this, and I was too afraid to ask. But the answer’s pretty simple.

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Bacon grease hardens as it cools, and it cools while going down pipes. This coats the pipes and clogs them, and the pressure of a stream of running water isn’t usually enough to dislodge the solid grease. While your sink drain might seem like a magical hole to nowhere, if you’ve ever fallen victim to a kitchen sink clog, you know that things can get gnarly real quick. Let’s avoid that, shall we?

My recommendation is to just let your pan cool off at room temperature until the grease solidifies. Then you can just use a rubber spatula to dislodge the grease from the pan and plop it into the trash.

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However, since you’ve managed to read this whole article about saving bacon fat, and you’re now armed with some pretty cool knowledge, rethink the idea of just tossing it in the garbage can. It’s not difficult to filter, it lasts for a long time in the fridge, you waste less kitchen resources that way, and oh yeah, it tastes good.

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