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Bacon grease vs "rendered bacon fat"

Commented on December 17, 2013
Created December 17, 2013 at 4:11 PM

According to the nutrition database (http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/fats-and-oils/7186/2 vs http://nutritiondata.self.com/facts/pork-products/7358/2) and/or cronometer.com there's a pretty significant difference between the two. The weird thing is that nutritiondata and cronometer both say very different things, too.

Any idea what the real difference is nutritionally?

What's the difference in preparation?

Maybe I don't really understand the "rendering" process because I could swear my bacon this morning "rendered" a bunch of delicious fat... Does the true rendering process destroy a bunch of vitamin D?

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on December 17, 2013
at 06:27 PM

That's the idea I get about "rendering" animal lards. However, the entry is specifically about bacon fat. nutritiondata even places the phrase "bacon drippings" inside [and]... Which one is it when I just use the fat off of bacon - "animal fat, bacon grease" or "Pork, bacon, rendered fat, cooked [bacon drippings]"

Sometimes I think I do myself more harm than good digging so deep into these things.

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on December 17, 2013
at 05:32 PM

I believe that traditional rendering of pork would include other parts of the animal, therefore you would be getting more than just fat (Jimmy Hoffa parts). This is for a commercially prepared product. If you are just taking bacon drippings it is almost all fat.

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on December 17, 2013
at 06:27 PM

That's the idea I get about "rendering" animal lards. However, the entry is specifically about bacon fat. nutritiondata even places the phrase "bacon drippings" inside [and]... Which one is it when I just use the fat off of bacon - "animal fat, bacon grease" or "Pork, bacon, rendered fat, cooked [bacon drippings]"

Sometimes I think I do myself more harm than good digging so deep into these things.

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