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What do you do with bacon grease?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created April 15, 2011 at 7:10 PM

"Much that once was is lost, for none now live who remember it." Galadriel in movie Lord of the Rings, Fellowship of the Ring

The quotation refers to my family members who are dead who would remember what people used to do with leftover bacon grease after frying it. Since I was a decades-long fatphobe before enlightenment, my only secret bites of bacon were in restaurants and fast food joints, and I can't remember what my parents did with leftover drippings so many years ago.

What do you do with bacon grease?

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

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on July 01, 2013
at 05:56 AM

Pahahaha genius!

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(10611)

on May 05, 2013
at 06:22 PM

I cook the oysters in it as it fries. There's nothing left at the end.

8f87879387f2a357db7c33008ff9a04a

(887)

on January 08, 2013
at 02:13 AM

YES! Do try adding chili powder! (And some bacon)

B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

(694)

on December 26, 2012
at 12:27 AM

Just out of curiosity.. what are the strainers for? To keep out bacon bits?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on December 25, 2012
at 04:05 PM

My old-school relatives all kept in on the counter. They all had cute little pots to pour it in that had built-in strainers on the top. I keep mine in an 8oz jelly jar in the fridge, though, because I prefer not to strain mine.

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on December 25, 2012
at 03:57 PM

I HOARD IT. Like some girls hoard shoes.

80da9f79e2d79978130925702d4c6092

(105)

on January 11, 2012
at 08:32 AM

that's awesome.

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on April 15, 2011
at 09:44 PM

I can't believe how well spinach sops up bacon grease! You'd think it would water down the grease, not sop it up- but it does!

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(5136)

on April 15, 2011
at 09:40 PM

too lemony? add some lard, too lardy? add some olive oil, too olive oil flavored, add some lard and so forth. (The above is an approximate recipe)

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(5136)

on April 15, 2011
at 09:38 PM

get a very large bowl. throw in 1/3 cup either lard or strained bacon grease or duck fat (make sure its relatively cool or it will cook your raw egg yolk and you will have yuck!), throw in 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, juice of 1/2 a lemon, some sea salt, one nice sized egg yolk and whisk until well combined. then add 1/4 cup of e.v. olive oil in about 3 stages, whisking in between each stage. There you go, youve got mayo. You can do this in a food processor or blender too but I find 1 bowl and a whisk or even better, electric whisk, way easier to clean. Taste and adjust accordingly.

9fb6900af6e722fc80ab46782fa94e2c

on April 15, 2011
at 09:13 PM

I'm using Applegate "Organic Sunday Bacon" which has the nitrates that are in the "less than 2%" celery powder. It tastes far less sweet and salty than the bacon I ate as a child.

28bd65a868abd76e0d544d91b46a975e

(346)

on April 15, 2011
at 08:44 PM

I fry my eggs in the bacon grease as well. Delicious!

47e1e207e9cd7df2a5adcf571f17f76f

(288)

on April 15, 2011
at 08:37 PM

recipe?? been dying to try making my own mayo but have heard that it's hard or doesn't turn out well...

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(5136)

on April 15, 2011
at 08:23 PM

that's my absolute preferred method of making mayo now! Not only does it taste pretty neutral (I find all olive oil to be too strongly olive oil flavored for many recipes), but the bacon grease/lard/duck fat makes it much easier to make, no need to slowly drizzle in oil.

7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

(18701)

on April 15, 2011
at 08:21 PM

Great ideas here too: http://paleohacks.com/questions/16748/what-are-your-best-uses-for-bacon-fat#axzz1Jcp8JFk4

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on April 15, 2011
at 07:54 PM

This is what I do. I use it to fry brussels sprouts and root veggies. I also use it with vinegar or lemon juice as a dressing. Super-yum! Caveat: I only keep the grease if it's from a healthy pig. Otherwise, I toss it.

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(5639)

on April 15, 2011
at 07:35 PM

Oh no!! You gotta change her mind on that. It's SO good for you!

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07ca188c8dac3a17f629dd87198d2098

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on April 15, 2011
at 07:28 PM

I drain it from my baking sheets through a strainer into a glass mug, where I keep it to use for cooking nearly everything in - chicken, burgers, eggs, veggies (especially brussels sprouts, spinach, kale) .... it's extremely versatile and delicious!

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Ed71ab1c75c6a9bd217a599db0a3e117

(25472)

on April 16, 2011
at 12:49 AM

I use it on my face as a moisturizer post workout......

80da9f79e2d79978130925702d4c6092

(105)

on January 11, 2012
at 08:32 AM

that's awesome.

089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on July 01, 2013
at 05:56 AM

Pahahaha genius!

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91c2e2a35e578e2e79ce7d631b753879

on April 15, 2011
at 07:27 PM

I read the title of this post and thought "What DON'T you do with bacon grease??"

Seriously, cook with it. I don't eat much butter unless it's been clarified, so I tend to cook my eggs in it. I made some awesome fried yellow squash for dinner using bacon grease the other day. I use it to flavor meatloaf and hamburgers; I cook pork chops and fry ham in it. Some people save it up and make mayonnaise out of it, but it never lasts that long in my kitchen.

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Aead76beb5fc7b762a6b4ddc234f6051

(15239)

on April 15, 2011
at 07:25 PM

sauteed brussels sprouts. fried onions. eggs over easy. nom.

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6481788df76f391ba2746d9f1ad1e8f1

on April 15, 2011
at 08:14 PM

I just mixed some liquid bacon grease in with my olive oil the last time I made mayonnaise to make "baconnaise" and it is delicious!

47e1e207e9cd7df2a5adcf571f17f76f

(288)

on April 15, 2011
at 08:37 PM

recipe?? been dying to try making my own mayo but have heard that it's hard or doesn't turn out well...

Medium avatar

(5136)

on April 15, 2011
at 09:38 PM

get a very large bowl. throw in 1/3 cup either lard or strained bacon grease or duck fat (make sure its relatively cool or it will cook your raw egg yolk and you will have yuck!), throw in 1 teaspoon dijon mustard, juice of 1/2 a lemon, some sea salt, one nice sized egg yolk and whisk until well combined. then add 1/4 cup of e.v. olive oil in about 3 stages, whisking in between each stage. There you go, youve got mayo. You can do this in a food processor or blender too but I find 1 bowl and a whisk or even better, electric whisk, way easier to clean. Taste and adjust accordingly.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on April 15, 2011
at 08:23 PM

that's my absolute preferred method of making mayo now! Not only does it taste pretty neutral (I find all olive oil to be too strongly olive oil flavored for many recipes), but the bacon grease/lard/duck fat makes it much easier to make, no need to slowly drizzle in oil.

Medium avatar

(5136)

on April 15, 2011
at 09:40 PM

too lemony? add some lard, too lardy? add some olive oil, too olive oil flavored, add some lard and so forth. (The above is an approximate recipe)

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2b423e7f4d4d6e13e820dcee5a3be746

on April 15, 2011
at 07:31 PM

When I cook bacon, I'm usually eating it with eggs so I fry the eggs in the grease. And spinach sops it up real well. Everything tastes oh-so-yummy.

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on April 15, 2011
at 09:44 PM

I can't believe how well spinach sops up bacon grease! You'd think it would water down the grease, not sop it up- but it does!

28bd65a868abd76e0d544d91b46a975e

(346)

on April 15, 2011
at 08:44 PM

I fry my eggs in the bacon grease as well. Delicious!

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1da74185531d6d4c7182fb9ee417f97f

on April 15, 2011
at 07:14 PM

I keep it in a glass jar and use it for cooking if I don't want to use coconut or butter/ghee which are my first line of defense. It tastes excellent when cooking green cabbage.

Oh and I LOOOOOOVE using it to make Kale chips. I just grease up my hands and run them through the torn greens and throw it in the oven with some sea salt and then sprinkle with a little nutritional yeast. Soooo good.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

(13978)

on April 15, 2011
at 07:54 PM

This is what I do. I use it to fry brussels sprouts and root veggies. I also use it with vinegar or lemon juice as a dressing. Super-yum! Caveat: I only keep the grease if it's from a healthy pig. Otherwise, I toss it.

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E773ca32b29508bae2055579a26afa98

on January 08, 2013
at 01:27 AM

Fried thinly sliced sweet potatoes, effing magic.

8f87879387f2a357db7c33008ff9a04a

(887)

on January 08, 2013
at 02:13 AM

YES! Do try adding chili powder! (And some bacon)

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31cd30cb210f9d13bf990a3410fce31c

(423)

on June 01, 2011
at 12:33 AM

I don't ever have any left over. I cook the eggs in it after the Bacon is done cooking.

"Nothing burps like Bacon"

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(10611)

on May 05, 2013
at 06:22 PM

I cook the oysters in it as it fries. There's nothing left at the end.

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77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

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on April 15, 2011
at 08:39 PM

I hope you guys aren't cooking all your food in bacon grease that contains sodium nitrate and other additives like "natural flavors" or "flavors" must be avoided, MSG....

9fb6900af6e722fc80ab46782fa94e2c

on April 15, 2011
at 09:13 PM

I'm using Applegate "Organic Sunday Bacon" which has the nitrates that are in the "less than 2%" celery powder. It tastes far less sweet and salty than the bacon I ate as a child.

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7e746be2f0e550a8cd7df881322ae705

on April 15, 2011
at 08:20 PM

I like to fry zucchini or squash in it, I just slice them in circles and throw in a frying pan.

Also, I will take the grease and throw in some onions til they are tender, then add some sweet potato (that I've usually boiled first, so it's less hard). I cut the sweet potato into wedges and cook just enough that it soaks up the yummy flavor from the bacon grease.

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D246d4c0c2536b7979a4ba723819f240

on November 05, 2013
at 05:54 PM

i don't cook anything in it because reheating oil that is has already been heated oxidizes the cholesterol and toxifies just about everything else. instead, i use it as a spread.

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C29cbf84e96a19e2438beea7e074db10

on July 01, 2013
at 04:51 AM

I sautéed garlic w, red onion, zucchini and cauliflower in it yesterday. Add a little salt and pepper, boom...amazeballs

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on May 05, 2013
at 06:55 PM

I drink it. That's the way to go.

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De1095b2ba29c1035f00428cbfe3cc7c

on May 05, 2013
at 01:25 PM

pour it on whatever im eating with the bacon, or if im just eating bacon then pour it on the bacon, mop it up with the bacon, best thing to eat pork fat with is pork i think

i use it to roast veg aswell if im having a pork dish

you can use it as lube or rub it on your face too

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E57c7c65c3eaab51f9ffe613fd87475f

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on May 05, 2013
at 01:07 PM

I liked to add a tbsp to my coffee. Bacon flavoured coffee anyone?

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089dd41b18fbb95ebb5347cded708d98

(5635)

on January 08, 2013
at 01:50 AM

cook EVERYTHING in it. i love sauteed apples in bacon grease. same with mushrooms. there isn't a food that it doesn't add flavor, too.

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7837ced93c164951d4f210bca6c925fe

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on January 08, 2013
at 12:34 AM

Mushrooms soak it up too! Throw it in a salad.

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422dd01a814403857ff4e001c441377f

on December 25, 2012
at 08:53 AM

Can you just keep it in a jar on the counter or should it be refrigerated?

B2634bf90fa31b48a60e7c4f06761200

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on December 26, 2012
at 12:27 AM

Just out of curiosity.. what are the strainers for? To keep out bacon bits?

61f9349ad28e3c42d1cec58ba4825a7d

(10490)

on December 25, 2012
at 04:05 PM

My old-school relatives all kept in on the counter. They all had cute little pots to pour it in that had built-in strainers on the top. I keep mine in an 8oz jelly jar in the fridge, though, because I prefer not to strain mine.

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24fcc21452ebe39c032be6801d6bbadd

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on June 01, 2011
at 12:51 AM

I cook eggs in it, sautee brussels sprouts in it, use to make mayo, and it's great for a warm vinaigrette over spinach salad- just mix with a little cider vinegar, dijon mustard, and a dab o honey.

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03281912f1cb9e4e771a8a83af302e3a

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on June 01, 2011
at 12:46 AM

I actually made a "french fries" the other day. They are just hash browns with the potatoes sliced instead of cubed. Cook slow and steady, and turn often.

It also works well in keeping your cast iron well seasoned. Use a light coating of pork fat after cleaning cast iron with boiling water. This keeps the season on the pan.

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on June 01, 2011
at 12:20 AM

Saving bacon fat for fun and profit was the subject of this weeks 3FW!

The 3FW (FED Fun Food of the Week): Bacon Fat

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on April 15, 2011
at 07:33 PM

Rather depends on whether I get to it first, in which case I lap it up (not often unfortunately), or my wife (usually due to cooking arrangements/work times) who throws it away - fat is not good for you!! :(

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on April 15, 2011
at 07:35 PM

Oh no!! You gotta change her mind on that. It's SO good for you!

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