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mo' bacon, mo' problems

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created January 28, 2013 at 3:52 PM

Obviously I love bacon, but having some logistical problems with cooking it.

  1. I cook a batch of about 6-8 strips in the oven once a week. This produces more leftover fat than I can possibly use in cooking vegs, etc. So I have pots of the stuff in the fridge. Should I just chuck it?

  2. Smoke. I live in a studio apartment. Cooking bacon, or using bacon fat to cook anything else (ie. roast vegs in the oven) fills my apartment with smoke. I cook with the front door open and the fan on, and still, my place gets SOOOO smoky.

Any tips or ideas?

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on January 29, 2013
at 01:02 AM

Just send it to me...I'll eat it with a spoon...mmmmmmmm. I actually cook all my eggs in bacon fat. And I eat lots of eggs.

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on January 28, 2013
at 10:39 PM

maybe you could find a local restaurant that could do it for you for a small fee

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513587882111828e619d66f2a146b627

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on January 28, 2013
at 03:56 PM

First, you shouldn't be creating that much smoke when cooking bacon. Turn the heat down. I cook my bacon in the oven on a cookie sheet at 350F for ~25-30 minutes for thick cut style. I can say there is really no noticeable smoke.

If the frequency of the odor is too much, then you could try cooking a full package every two weeks. I'm not sure if it freezes well, but I have had week old bacon in the fridge with no problem.

I think your primary issue though is you are cooking it too hot.

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on January 28, 2013
at 04:22 PM

As for too much bacon fat. If you've got too much then toss it. The other option is to buy thicker cut and/or leaner bacon which will not produce as much grease (It will still create a lot!)

Smoke is more likely the result of a dirty oven than the bacon. Only way to get smoke from a clean oven is to burn the bacon. So you need to either (1) Clean the oven; or (2) Stop burning the bacon.

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on January 28, 2013
at 08:26 PM

Please for all that is healthy, throw that Bacon fat in the garbage already.

3846a3b61bc9051e4baebdef62e58c52

(18635)

on January 29, 2013
at 01:02 AM

Just send it to me...I'll eat it with a spoon...mmmmmmmm. I actually cook all my eggs in bacon fat. And I eat lots of eggs.

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on September 07, 2013
at 12:44 AM

Please -- no lectures on how the microwave is NOT paleo, I have to feed 4 kids -- I microwave the stuff! In a pie plate, covered with a piece of wax paper, for 1 minute per piece of bacon. (Up to 4 at a time). Add extra 30 secs at the end to desired crispiness. Wash the pie plate in hot water in the sink if you don't want to save the grease. Done.

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on January 28, 2013
at 08:18 PM

Maybe you could make some money off the extra jars of bacon fat. Do different sizes, make some with spices, etc.

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on January 28, 2013
at 05:53 PM

We have jars of bacon fat in the fridge, too. We use to season our cast-iron pans, or I will cook brussels sprouts or some other things in it. I've even made (non-paleo) pie crust with it. I know I do more with it, but I can't remember right now, sorry!

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on January 28, 2013
at 05:29 PM

Here's an alternative bacon cooking technique:

http://foodmancingthegirl.blogspot.com/2012/02/technique-cooking-baconin-water.html

Also, Nom Nom Paleo has a Bacon fat aioli on their app that looks fantastic.

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on January 28, 2013
at 05:04 PM

Bacon fat should be fine in the fridge for a long time (im talking really long:) Many say indefinitely!).If it were me, if I wasn't using in a month, Id freeze it. As long as it wasn't burnt when cooking the bacon (Don't cook too high). In a glass jar. Also you can freeze your leftover bacon fat, make sure it is stored in glass (not plastic).You can even freeze it in ice cube trays so you have tbsp portions read to pop out and throw in your pan.

OF course there's a better option. Use more:) Slather those veggies, cook your eggs in them, even fried apples with vanilla and cinnamon. Yum!

Secondly, I agree your cooking it too high or your oven has some grease in the bottom. If your going to cook on the stove, pick up a slapter screen and your dollar store and cook at about medium. In oven I do 375-420 ( if Im in a hurry), for 20-30 minutes and as long as the oven is clean, no smoke. (I also have the fan on).

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