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Eggs with Bacon Fat OR pastured butter (Kerrygold): What's a SMARTER choice?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created May 16, 2012 at 11:07 AM

I'll be making some Whole Foods 365 Brand uncured bacon for breakfast.

Should I cook the eggs in the the bacon fat that remains in the pan,

OR

toss it, and fry the eggs in an ounce of kerrygold pastured butter?

Please answer from a health perspective, not a taste or waste perspective.

Thanks, Mike

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on June 26, 2012
at 07:45 AM

I am from Canada, my parents owned a dairy farm and cows RARELY ate grass... and I know it is typical for Canada at least!

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

(5198)

on June 25, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Outside the US cows generally eat grass most of the time.

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on June 25, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Kerrygold's website says the following, "Whilst cows predominately are fed on pasture, they will be fed on feed supplements during the winter months and there are no GMO free guarantees on the feed used. Generally, our butter is only made in the summer months when cows are typically fed on 100% pasture." I still eat plenty of Kerrygold, but it is important to know that you may not be getting 100% grassfed dairy. (http://www.kerrygold.co.uk/index.php?p=faqs,3)

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on May 21, 2012
at 07:50 AM

and if you want to make sure your butter is grass-fed, just look at it! It should be more yellow and softer (as well as tastier!) than regular butter.

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on May 19, 2012
at 05:02 AM

if you need to cook something at higher temperatures, make ghee with your Kerrygold butter (eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com/ghee.html)... the taste is DIVINE! :)

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on May 19, 2012
at 05:01 AM

if you need to cook something at higher temperatures, make ghee with your Kerrygold butter (http://www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com/ghee.html).

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on May 19, 2012
at 05:00 AM

and yes, you can trust that Kerrygold butter is entirely grass-fed since it is the way they still do it in Ireland! while it is often hard to find out with most manufacturers, they are pretty clear about it on their website (http://kerrygold.com/) and many people emailed them personally to double check. =)

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on May 19, 2012
at 04:58 AM

and the fat-soluble vitamins found in butter are not really affected by heat, so no worries about cooking with it. just make sure you don't heat it so much that it smokes or burns to prevent damaging the fat! :)

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

(1017)

on May 17, 2012
at 12:27 AM

Found it at Whole Foods today in a section different from the butter. Yay!

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on May 16, 2012
at 11:10 PM

Tell us more about your tears @Matt

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(10)

on May 16, 2012
at 10:14 PM

Trader Joe's sells it for 2.99 in my area and Market Basket, a local chain with great prices, sells it for 2.99 as well. If you have a Market Basket in your area, you should check it out. Way better prices than Shaws and Star and lots of organic choices

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on May 16, 2012
at 06:17 PM

Cool! In that case, I'm bummed that I went a good chunk of winter without butter. I didn't know if I could trust the Kerrygold and I didn't stock up when butter was plentiful in summer, to keep in the freezer. (Then again, I did eat some butter, but it was regular ol' supermarket butter at my parents' house or a restaurant, and I'm fine with that.)

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 16, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Economies of scale, Amy B.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 16, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Dietary reductionism makes me want to cry.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on May 16, 2012
at 03:39 PM

Does that imply that the fat in the bacon strips is NOT omega 6?

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on May 16, 2012
at 02:19 PM

I've always wondered about Kerrygold. Do we know *for sure* it's grassfed/pastured? I'm only asking because it seems awfully AFFORDABLE for butter that's very high quality...not to mention imported. Butter at the farmer's market (which I *know* is the real deal) is a lot pricier than what they're charging for Kerrygold at the supermarket. Just curious.

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(662)

on May 16, 2012
at 02:06 PM

PUFA content of pork fat varies wildly with how the animal was raised, and even though this bacon is from WF I usually take that to mean they gorged on organic soy and corn instead of GMO-stuff (if even that for the 365 brand). Unless you are getting your bacon from a local farmer you are positive is giving his pigs tons of pasture time and going easy on the feed-lot food I wouldn't cook with bacon grease. There are just much better alternatives out there in butter, ghee or coconut oil.

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:51 PM

It's in the specialty cheese and salami section of my local grocery store, of all places...

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:03 PM

Keep in mind that when you cook with butter you lose a lot of the Vitamins/Minerals/Nutrients stated above... I'm not sure how much, and it depends on temp and cooking duration, but I just thought I'd throw that out there. In the end, it may not matter much at all...

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(2038)

on May 16, 2012
at 12:46 PM

I get mine at Wegmans, Whole Foods, or Trader Joes. Note: At Whole Foods, it's kept apart from the other butters - it's in what I'd refer to the "gourmet" or imported dairy section.

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:07 PM

I get mine at trader joes

91882203467f64f68f25f58f1caeee68

(1017)

on May 16, 2012
at 11:40 AM

Not sure about the answer to your question, but can Kerrygold be bought in stores?

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on May 16, 2012
at 11:39 AM

Awesome! Just in time: the bacon finished and I was just about to start the eggs. Thanks for a great answer AND a timely response!

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E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on May 16, 2012
at 11:14 AM

Kerrygold butter and butter from grass-fed animals contain:

  • vitamin A
  • vitamin K2
  • vitamin E
  • CLA
  • other important fat-soluble nutrients

... which bacon does NOT contain.

I would go for the butter anytime.

44739854bd06eb5c32af5d33aa866864

(859)

on May 16, 2012
at 01:03 PM

Keep in mind that when you cook with butter you lose a lot of the Vitamins/Minerals/Nutrients stated above... I'm not sure how much, and it depends on temp and cooking duration, but I just thought I'd throw that out there. In the end, it may not matter much at all...

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

(3275)

on May 16, 2012
at 11:39 AM

Awesome! Just in time: the bacon finished and I was just about to start the eggs. Thanks for a great answer AND a timely response!

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on May 16, 2012
at 06:17 PM

Cool! In that case, I'm bummed that I went a good chunk of winter without butter. I didn't know if I could trust the Kerrygold and I didn't stock up when butter was plentiful in summer, to keep in the freezer. (Then again, I did eat some butter, but it was regular ol' supermarket butter at my parents' house or a restaurant, and I'm fine with that.)

2fd566cefde2de38e75e1bc13a966e16

(662)

on May 16, 2012
at 02:06 PM

PUFA content of pork fat varies wildly with how the animal was raised, and even though this bacon is from WF I usually take that to mean they gorged on organic soy and corn instead of GMO-stuff (if even that for the 365 brand). Unless you are getting your bacon from a local farmer you are positive is giving his pigs tons of pasture time and going easy on the feed-lot food I wouldn't cook with bacon grease. There are just much better alternatives out there in butter, ghee or coconut oil.

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 16, 2012
at 03:50 PM

Economies of scale, Amy B.

Fd70d71f4f8195c3a098eda4fc817d4f

(8014)

on May 16, 2012
at 02:19 PM

I've always wondered about Kerrygold. Do we know *for sure* it's grassfed/pastured? I'm only asking because it seems awfully AFFORDABLE for butter that's very high quality...not to mention imported. Butter at the farmer's market (which I *know* is the real deal) is a lot pricier than what they're charging for Kerrygold at the supermarket. Just curious.

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on May 19, 2012
at 05:01 AM

if you need to cook something at higher temperatures, make ghee with your Kerrygold butter (http://www.eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com/ghee.html).

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on May 19, 2012
at 05:00 AM

and yes, you can trust that Kerrygold butter is entirely grass-fed since it is the way they still do it in Ireland! while it is often hard to find out with most manufacturers, they are pretty clear about it on their website (http://kerrygold.com/) and many people emailed them personally to double check. =)

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on May 21, 2012
at 07:50 AM

and if you want to make sure your butter is grass-fed, just look at it! It should be more yellow and softer (as well as tastier!) than regular butter.

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on May 19, 2012
at 04:58 AM

and the fat-soluble vitamins found in butter are not really affected by heat, so no worries about cooking with it. just make sure you don't heat it so much that it smokes or burns to prevent damaging the fat! :)

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on May 19, 2012
at 05:02 AM

if you need to cook something at higher temperatures, make ghee with your Kerrygold butter (eat-real-food-paleodietitian.com/ghee.html)... the taste is DIVINE! :)

Ccacf7567273244733bc991af4ac42ed

(5198)

on June 25, 2012
at 09:57 PM

Outside the US cows generally eat grass most of the time.

E12ead3bf63c94b5b619b03722ef554f

on June 26, 2012
at 07:45 AM

I am from Canada, my parents owned a dairy farm and cows RARELY ate grass... and I know it is typical for Canada at least!

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(2349)

on June 25, 2012
at 08:12 PM

Kerrygold's website says the following, "Whilst cows predominately are fed on pasture, they will be fed on feed supplements during the winter months and there are no GMO free guarantees on the feed used. Generally, our butter is only made in the summer months when cows are typically fed on 100% pasture." I still eat plenty of Kerrygold, but it is important to know that you may not be getting 100% grassfed dairy. (http://www.kerrygold.co.uk/index.php?p=faqs,3)

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on June 25, 2012
at 07:28 PM

I drain the bacon grease until it's just covering the pan, hardly dripping at all. Then I fry the eggs. I use cast iron, which works particularly well for this sort of cooking (though butter does make the eggs stick a little less).

Butter actually contains more saturated fat than bacon grease, though it is true that grass-fed (pasture) butter has tons of good stuff for you, and should be the butter of choice for Paleoites. You should have little trouble comparing 100g of bacon grease to 100g of butter nutritionally, and you'll find they're mostly comparable, with the slight edge going to bacon (slightly less cholesterol, sodium - if using salted butter - and sat. fat).

My advice, if you've got the bacon grease hot from the bacon, fry your eggs in it. It's not any worse for you than butter, despite what many of us have been told. Use butter when you don't have the bacon grease or are looking for a sweeter, obviously butterier taste.

Despite loving coconut oil and using it all the time, I have trouble frying eggs in it. Probably user error.

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on May 16, 2012
at 05:37 PM

I sometimes eat the bacon fat, sometimes pour it off and use butter, sometimes pour it off and use coconut oil.

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:47 PM

best choice: coconut oil

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on May 16, 2012
at 01:39 PM

Bacon grease is great when you need to cook at a temperature that is too high for butter -- when you need to sear meats, for instance. So I'd save the bacon grease in the fridge for that purpose, and cook my eggs in butter, which is arguably a healthier choice.

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on May 16, 2012
at 09:47 PM

Sorry what bacon grease? I eat mine, none left.... :) Seriously it seems to me that there is more "burning" when I use bacon grease than butter. But I do not know the chemistry behind. The fact is that we never know where our food comes from. I buy my bacon at a good location where I hope the animals have a good life and are aloud to feed naturally. But really I do not know. So I mix it up. Buy from different sources. Sometimes use bacon grease sometimes butter and sometimes coconut oil. We have to adopt...or start growing everything ourselves (I'm not ready for that yet :))

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on May 16, 2012
at 12:32 PM

According to the PHD, bacon grease is high in omega6 (ie the part that liquifies).

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on May 16, 2012
at 11:10 PM

Tell us more about your tears @Matt

7fc82eebafd44badc73c520f44660150

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on May 16, 2012
at 03:39 PM

Does that imply that the fat in the bacon strips is NOT omega 6?

32f5749fa6cf7adbeb0b0b031ba82b46

(41747)

on May 16, 2012
at 03:49 PM

Dietary reductionism makes me want to cry.

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