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Who has a jar of bacon fat in their fridge?

garfish Jul 29, 2008 05:39 PM

Just asking.

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  1. Mattkn RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 05:44 PM

    Sigh...me. Does it make it better that it is just one, teeny weeny, little ramkin full?

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      garfish RE: Mattkn Jul 30, 2008 06:31 AM

      Not on my planet...the more the better:)

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      Sherri RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 05:52 PM

      Always! My southern grandmother would roll right out of her grave and march me off by the ear if I didn't! How else can you get *the* right flavor for cornbread without some bacon fat? I shudder to think of the food police responding to this thread. We'll all be crucified; but well-fed, with our mouths humming happy bacon-flavored tunes.

      Food Police be damned. Check out the September 2008 issue of Bon Appetit, pg. 33 for the "Green Lentil Salad with Bacon and Ham" with a note saying "The lentils are cooked in bacon fat ....". Now we've got some street creds and aren't just dumb rednecks. BTW, the dish is from the Auvergne region of France, not The Deep South. Just proves that good taste is worldwide.

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      1. re: Sherri
        greenstate RE: Sherri Jul 29, 2008 06:00 PM

        Doesn't everyone? My jar of bacon fat is also my jar of roasted chicken fat, (schmaltz), roast beef fat, and slow roasted pork fat. Needless to say it is never used for cooking, but rather for the preservation of my kitchen plumbing.

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          lynnlato RE: greenstate Jul 29, 2008 07:15 PM

          Me too, greenstate. But perhaps I need to rethink this and keep the bacon fat separate for the reasons mentioned in this post. After all, i would be pullling double duty in helping the environment by "recycling" my bacon fat, right? Forget about my cholesterol!

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            hill food RE: greenstate Jul 29, 2008 10:48 PM

            you mix fats? bacon, duck, etc. are all taking up too much room in mine.

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              alanbarnes RE: hill food Jul 29, 2008 10:58 PM

              You missed the "needless to say it is never used for cooking" part. IMHO, that's like throwing away butter. But diff'rent strokes and all...

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                lynnlato RE: alanbarnes Jul 30, 2008 04:55 PM

                Clearly, I've been a big loser by not using my jarred & refrigerated bacon fat. I've even been living in the south for the past 13 yrs!

                Worry not, I've learned the error of my ways and plan to use it proudly. I am a true, blue pork lover... I just never knew. I'd heard, but I just didn't give it much thought before. But, as CHers do, I've been inspired again!

                Thanks y'all!

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                  alanbarnes RE: lynnlato Jul 30, 2008 05:15 PM

                  If you're in the South, the first thing you should use bacon fat for is cornbread! Substitute it for whatever oil or butter you usually use in your favorite recipe. You'll never go back.

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                    FoodFuser RE: alanbarnes Jul 30, 2008 06:09 PM

                    Yep, poured hot into the batter, and also to grease that cast iron skillet.

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                      alanbarnes RE: FoodFuser Jul 30, 2008 07:12 PM

                      And you get a two-fer. You melt the fat in the skillet so you can pour it into the batter, which greases the skillet at the same time. Now that's what I call multi-tasking.

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                        Sherri RE: alanbarnes Jul 30, 2008 07:57 PM

                        ........... and it results in a wonderfully crisp bottom crust when poured into the black iron skillet. Soft cornbread ought to have another designation since it is such a different food.

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                      lynnlato RE: alanbarnes Jul 31, 2008 11:29 AM

                      I did it! I'm no longer a bacon fat virgin! Okay, I didn't anything as impressive as cornbread in a cast iron skiller but I nonetheless utilized my bacon fat.

                      I made a grilled cheese & tomato sandwich and fried it up in bacon fat. Then, I had left over sauteed rosemary new potatoes and I sauteed them in some bacon fat. Both turned out w/ a lovely crunchy exterior. Much nicer than what would've of likely been produced w/ olive oil as I was able to turn the heat up.

                      I find it interesting that although there was that undeniably lovely aroma of bacon in the kitchen, the sandwich and potatoes weren't overwhelmed with bacon flavor.

                      Thanks y'all!

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                        gourmanda RE: lynnlato Aug 1, 2008 07:45 AM

                        You are killing me! Cheese grilled in bacon fat, rosemary potatoes nice and crispy w/ bacon fat. . . OMG! Just wait til my husband goes out of town--I will be chowing down with glee.

                        1. re: lynnlato
                          hill food RE: lynnlato Aug 7, 2008 07:15 AM

                          that's actually an historically accurate use. in the 19th c. bacon fat was often used where we would use butter or mayo now.

              2. re: Sherri
                garfish RE: Sherri Jul 30, 2008 06:41 AM

                Amen Sherri. Fellow redneck.

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                eggimedusa RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 06:08 PM

                i always have a jar of bacon/sausage fat in my fridge... it's great for searing meats before braising, cooking onions instead of oil, grilling a sandwich instead of butter or olive oil. anything, really... i use it and add to it regularly.

                1. mochi mochi RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 06:12 PM

                  Uh oh, me do.

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                    ola RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 06:36 PM

                    My first experience with bacon fat.... My first apartment in college, sharing with three other girls. It was my turn to clean the kitchen and when I found a can of bacon fat on the stove, I threw it out. Man, did I catch hell. One of the girls had brought it to California all the way from her home in South Carolina. Now, schmaltz, I understood...

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                      garfish RE: ola Aug 8, 2008 03:16 PM

                      You should start a thread on college roomate food eccentricities. I have a few stories.

                      1. re: garfish
                        hill food RE: garfish Aug 8, 2008 09:38 PM

                        oh, but don't we all.

                        it's a universal connector.

                    2. Father Kitchen RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 06:52 PM

                      We do. Couldn't do cornbread without it. And its so good with fried fish. But mostly I use a bit in a pot of beans.

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                        smtucker RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 06:59 PM

                        Absolutely. Twice a year I get fancy bacon, and I save the fat. It hangs out right next to the jar of duck fat. Is that bad?

                        1. Davwud RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 07:00 PM

                          I don't currently but that's mostly because I'm trying to cut down on my bacon intake and what I do have I've been seasoning my cast iron with.

                          I had built up some but I made gumbo the other night and used it in my roux.

                          However, at one time not too long ago I had a jar of bacon fat, a jar of duck fat and I still have the jar of fat from my pulled pork.



                          1. diablo RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 07:21 PM

                            Of course! Times are tough and bacon fat is deeelicious. I use it for sauteeing meats and with greens, added to white beans and tomatoes, cooking eggs, etc. I tend to think of it as just being thrifty and using every bit we have rather than consider the caloric implications ;). I don't use *that* much anyway...heeheee

                            1. alanbarnes RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 07:23 PM

                              Nope. Putting it in the fridge makes it too hard and too hard to get to. I keep it in the cupboard next to the stove.

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                              1. re: alanbarnes
                                LaLa RE: alanbarnes Aug 4, 2008 11:22 AM

                                we keep it in the cabinet too,never stays around long enough to go bad!LOL!


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                                kathryn RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 07:39 PM

                                *raises hand slowly*

                                We....have four.

                                Four. Three in the freezer, one in the fridge. I'm paranoid about the fat going bad. Actually, that reminds me, I should check on the one in the fridge.

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                                1. re: kathryn
                                  kobetobiko RE: kathryn Jul 29, 2008 07:54 PM

                                  Hi kathryn,

                                  I have one (small ramekin) of pork belly fat from making Momofuku's pork buns! :D

                                  It is so flavorful! I just used some to mix it with plain noodle and scallions and sweet soy today. I was in heaven!

                                  I do have cubes and cubes of beef fat and lamb fat in the freezer.

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                                    MMRuth RE: kobetobiko Jul 30, 2008 05:02 AM

                                    Did you post about making the pork buns? I've been thinking of trying it myself but wasn't sure where to start, particularly for the buns.

                                    (I too have bacon fat in a jar, but on the counter.)

                                    1. re: MMRuth
                                      kobetobiko RE: MMRuth Jul 30, 2008 07:14 AM

                                      Hi MMRuth and Lynnlato,

                                      Yes, I made Momofuku's pork buns and they came out much better than I expected! I will post it in the Home Cooking board soon. (and I have pictures too!) ;D

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                                        MMRuth RE: kobetobiko Jul 30, 2008 07:15 AM

                                        Excellent - thank you so much.

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                                          kobetobiko RE: MMRuth Jul 30, 2008 07:48 AM

                                          Hi MMRuth,

                                          I just posted the recipe on the Home Cooking board. If you try it, please let me know how it turns out!

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                                            MMRuth RE: kobetobiko Jul 30, 2008 07:52 AM

                                            I saw it and replied - thanks! I'm sure lynnlato is going to be excited too!

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                                              lynnlato RE: MMRuth Jul 30, 2008 03:11 PM

                                              Yea! I'm very excited. I've copied it and I already have the pork belly. Loved the pics too, thanks! I'll report back.

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                                      lynnlato RE: kobetobiko Jul 30, 2008 07:00 AM

                                      Oh quit it! You made those lovely pork buns? How? Please, enlighten us.

                                    3. re: kathryn
                                      CMASHEN RE: kathryn Aug 8, 2008 09:27 PM

                                      How long can it keep in the fridge?

                                    4. WCchopper RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 08:00 PM

                                      Perhaps we should just ask who DOESN'T and then snub them mercilessly.

                                      1. meatn3 RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 09:05 PM

                                        Yep - filtered bacon fat, a jar of home rendered chicken schmaltz, and another with some goose fat. None are used that often, but when you need it, you need it! I was once out of the schmaltz and used bacon fat in potato kugel...had to eat it with the curtain drawn tight, but it tasted pretty good!

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                                          Potomac Bob RE: meatn3 Jul 29, 2008 09:23 PM

                                          Bacon fat goes bad? Don't think so. I keep it the way my grandmother taught me - in two cans that once held coffee (my grandmother insisted that it be Maxwell House coffee, but I'm not certain the brand makes much difference). Granny kept it covered with a small linen cloth kept secure with a rubber band. I just use the plastic lid that comes with the can (Granny didn't have that option). It does not go into the fridge - just on the counter top. I've never had it go bad. Why two cans? So you don't mix old with new. Save your bacon fat in one can while you use it from the other. When the can you're using is empty, clean it and switch cans. Bacon fat improves the taste of many things. A tablespoon added to any oil or shortening will change the flavor dramatically. A tablespoon added to any kind of beans while cooking provide just the right "Seasoning." Just saw recently on one of these boards a recipe for bacon vodka and another for bacon-flavored bloody Mary. Even Granny wouldn't have gone that far, but I did see a chef in Charleston, S.C, quoted as saying "Bacon improves the taste of everything."

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                                            jword2001 RE: Potomac Bob Jul 30, 2008 07:11 AM

                                            "Bacon improves the taste of everything.",yes it does!, I've even had it in ice cream....and yes it was good.

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                                              LJS RE: jword2001 Jul 30, 2008 07:41 AM

                                              A very wise cook once said: "You can improve the tast of anything with the addition of either bacon or chocolate, but rarely both..."

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                                              Davwud RE: Potomac Bob Jul 30, 2008 09:03 AM

                                              On DD&D a couple weeks ago one place Guy was at makes bacon infused bourbon.


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                                                kathryn RE: Davwud Jul 30, 2008 09:16 AM

                                                Yes -- that is mainly what ours is for.


                                          2. chloe103 RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 09:34 PM

                                            Oh yeah. One of bacon fat, and one of schmaltz.

                                            (Now I'm craving a fried egg, and having a hard time imagining which jar I'd dip into to make it.)

                                            1. Craterellus RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 10:45 PM

                                              Also guilty as charged. Who could know the age of the lower reaches of that jar? I peel off the upper strata as needed, sometimes dipping down into what must be the Paleozoic.

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                                                alanbarnes RE: Craterellus Jul 29, 2008 10:57 PM

                                                I'm going to try Potomac Bob's method. It lets you know that the grease is younger than your kids.

                                              2. Eat_Nopal RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 10:51 PM

                                                Who doesn't???????????!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

                                                1. azhotdish RE: garfish Jul 29, 2008 11:30 PM

                                                  I started saving bacon fat about a year ago, and now combined with grapeseed oil, I very rarely use olive oil for sautéing, braising, etc. like I used to. And it's a lot cheaper!

                                                  1. greedygirl RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 02:27 AM

                                                    Not bacon fat, but pork dripping, which is similar.

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                                                      HillJ RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 06:23 AM

                                                      bacon, chicken & duck fat all occupy space in our fridge.

                                                      1. jword2001 RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 07:08 AM

                                                        you're kidding, right?, i thought it was a law we keep bacon fat here in the south!, I use it from flavoring a package of ramen, adding to ground chuck for burgers, meatballs,to flavoring a pot of beans, i try to keep a little pork sausage fat on hand for gravy too.

                                                        1. kimeats RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 07:36 AM

                                                          Anyone have an idea of how long bacon fat can stay in the fridge before it goes bad?

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                                                            alanbarnes RE: kimeats Jul 30, 2008 02:08 PM

                                                            It'll outlast the fridge.

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                                                            LJS RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 07:44 AM

                                                            I have a little jar of chicken fat and big tin of bacon/pork fat, just like my mom did...but I was brought up and live no where near The South...in fact, you can't get much furhter north than where I am from: Newfoundland.

                                                            I thought that saving bacon 'drippings' was an English inheritence?

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                                                              Davwud RE: LJS Jul 30, 2008 09:09 AM

                                                              Mrs. Sippi feels that Newfies are the closest thing to southerners in Canada.


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                                                                LJS RE: Davwud Jul 30, 2008 02:01 PM

                                                                Then, on behalf of all Newfoundlanders, I am deeply complimented! My thanks to Mrs. Sippi...

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                                                              TNExplorer RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 09:07 AM

                                                              Not only the bacon grease, but also my own home-rendered lard, both leaf lard and from backfat. Yum!

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                                                                Potomac Bob RE: TNExplorer Jul 30, 2008 05:56 PM

                                                                WHERE, exactly, do you get leaf lard, please?

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                                                                  alanbarnes RE: Potomac Bob Jul 30, 2008 07:10 PM

                                                                  From around the pig's kidneys.

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                                                                    Potomac Bob RE: alanbarnes Aug 7, 2008 04:40 PM

                                                                    Was looking for a source to buy it.

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                                                                  Hobsons Choice RE: TNExplorer Aug 7, 2008 09:30 PM

                                                                  I have a freezer jar of bacon fat, but no lard. I should try to render my own lard. I have read that, believe it or not, fresh rendered lard has less saturated fat than butter. The stuff in the stores, though, isn't the real thing... its hydrogenated and filled with trans-fats.

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                                                                    hill food RE: Hobsons Choice Aug 8, 2008 08:08 AM

                                                                    J. Child did an episode with a well regarded chef from LA (whose name escapes me) and they also maintained the position that properly rendered lard is really not bad for you, within reason of course.

                                                                3. chefathome RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 10:05 AM

                                                                  Lots 'n lots of it! Love bacon fat. In addition to using it when sauteeing I use it to replace other fats when I make breads and buns. Instead of using olive oil to coat when the dough is rising I rub it with bacon fat. It makes all the difference in flavour in yeast breads.

                                                                  1. oldbaycupcake RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 11:46 AM

                                                                    Yep. And proud of it! It's often my secret ingredient in recipes that get raves. My health conscious friends would probably be appalled but they are usually the first to go back for seconds. Guess they aren't getting enough flavor in their lives! Cheers!

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                                                                      firecooked RE: oldbaycupcake Aug 7, 2008 09:38 PM

                                                                      I figure that if you eat lots more vegetables beause of a bit of bacon fat, that's as much health conscious as you need!

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                                                                        alkapal RE: firecooked Aug 8, 2008 06:57 AM

                                                                        i'd certainly go for that.

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                                                                        Pampatz RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 12:03 PM

                                                                        I inherited an old 1950's grease can with a lid from my mother-in-law that I lovingly save my bacon grease in. It has a special place in the refrigerator door.
                                                                        Once a year I clean out all unused fat into an empty milk carton and start again.

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                                                                          FoodFuser RE: Pampatz Jul 30, 2008 02:23 PM

                                                                          Ah, the memories of the grease can.

                                                                          If that grease can: 1) is made of thin pressed aluminum, 2) has the 3 letters "fat" embossed on the front, and 3) has a filter basket of same metal to catch the brown bits (with a central nubbin of black bakelite plastic for easy removal), then it is indeed the original article.

                                                                          As to placement: it should rest on the stove's backshelf, for instant access.

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                                                                            chef chicklet RE: FoodFuser Jul 30, 2008 07:37 PM

                                                                            My parents had a canister set, and I sure do remember that tiny can. My parents used it often for bacon fat, and I wish I had that little can now.

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                                                                              ideabaker RE: FoodFuser Jul 31, 2008 01:05 AM

                                                                              Is it possible to fashion a similar can using modern objects? I'm thinking of some kind of coffee can with a lid, but a piece of cheesecloth or screening mesh (pushed in about an inch) rubber banded around the outside of the can...so it can be closed with the lid, but still have a strainer?

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                                                                                WCchopper RE: ideabaker Jul 31, 2008 10:24 AM

                                                                                What about those tea strainer things made of a metal mesh? Maybe a dedicated strainer and a jar or can with a more domed lid would work.

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                                                                                  meatn3 RE: ideabaker Jul 31, 2008 10:49 AM

                                                                                  Here are some sources for new ones:




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                                                                                  SoulFoodie RE: FoodFuser Jul 31, 2008 04:41 AM

                                                                                  Yes, the grease can(s)! I've got 3...all made of Crisco/shortening aluminum cans: bacon grease, chicken grease and fish grease. The bacon grease stays on the back of the stove and the other 2 sit to the right of the stove, on the counter..within easy reach.

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                                                                                    Pampatz RE: FoodFuser Aug 1, 2008 07:53 PM

                                                                                    Mine says "grease", but otherwise it is the same. Came with a salt and pepper shaker.

                                                                                3. jvozoff RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 02:15 PM

                                                                                  I have several - I always keep chopped cooked bacon in the freezer and every time I fry a pound of bacon, I put the fat in a separate container so I can toss the really old ones (which I haven't done yet. )

                                                                                  Better than butter.

                                                                                  My mom never kept it in the fridge - just in a crock next to the stove. Guess we used it fast enough we didn't worry about it going rancid. That's farm life...

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                                                                                    cocktailhour RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 03:14 PM

                                                                                    yes, but I keep mine in the freezer. There is a separate one for duck fat.

                                                                                    1. alkapal RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 04:33 PM

                                                                                      yes, and i just got more bacon fat today after making a nice juicy BLT. don't even ask how many pieces of bacon i ate BEFORE i made the sandwich (but it was a small sandwich!) ;-)

                                                                                      i was thinking, is there anything better than bacon? i really don't think so......

                                                                                      my bacon grease stays near the stove, just like where my mom keeps hers.

                                                                                      1. chocchipcookie RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 04:54 PM

                                                                                        Me, but I forget it is there and forget to use it in cooking!!

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                                                                                          chowmel RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 05:46 PM

                                                                                          My mother always kept a can of fat in the fridge. We didnt cook with it, just to solidify it for easy tossing. The best part was her asking, as she was cooking "Is my fat can in the fridge ?" Cracked us up ! Today, my "fat can" is in the fridge and I try to keep it keep it bacon and use it occassionally.

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                                                                                            chazzerking RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 06:27 PM

                                                                                            Sad to say, one jar of bacon fat, one of duck fat

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                                                                                              Sherri RE: chazzerking Jul 30, 2008 07:58 PM

                                                                                              The only thing better for cooking potatoes than duck fat is foie gras fat! Now we're talking h-e-a-v-e-n.

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                                                                                                chazzerking RE: Sherri Jul 31, 2008 08:32 PM

                                                                                                I can convince my DW to let me occasionaly fry potatoes in duckfat. Foie Gras fat is out of the question even thaough I agree with your assessment. I fried parsnip cubes in it on one occasion and served them with port poached pears and seared foie gras and it was delicious.

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                                                                                                  lynnlato RE: chazzerking Aug 1, 2008 07:36 AM

                                                                                                  Are you trying to kill me? Good God that sounds delicious.

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                                                                                                    Sherri RE: lynnlato Aug 1, 2008 08:02 AM

                                                                                                    "Fat is what makes food taste good"
                                                                                                    my grandmother's quote

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                                                                                                      mlukan RE: Sherri Aug 1, 2008 08:49 PM

                                                                                                      You people are evil, I gotta try this!

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                                                                                                      chazzerking RE: lynnlato Aug 1, 2008 08:57 PM

                                                                                                      actually it was even more involved than that, as I also reduced a half bottle of late harvest port to a thick syrup and served the seared Foie gras with a crumble of toasted pistachios along with the dice of fried parsnips and poached pear slices. I called it foie gras with "P's". served it with a 6 puttanyos Tokaj azu. made a wonderful starter.

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                                                                                                        Davwud RE: chazzerking Aug 2, 2008 07:41 AM

                                                                                                        Next time you do this, we're all coming over. So make lots!!


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                                                                                                        GodfatherofLunch RE: lynnlato Aug 2, 2008 09:04 AM

                                                                                                        Did u know on the weekend you can get potatoes fried in duck fat at Big Daddy's Burger Bar.
                                                                                                        Foie Gras Fat HOLLY LARD ASS BATMAN that sound like edible sin itself. We are getting into the food porn area now.

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                                                                                                          lynnlato RE: GodfatherofLunch Aug 2, 2008 09:30 AM

                                                                                                          Bring it on, baby! I heard about the duck fat fries... I need to get me some a 'dem.

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                                                                                                            hill food RE: lynnlato Aug 7, 2008 07:17 AM

                                                                                                            we always do latkes with at least some duck fat

                                                                                                2. chef chicklet RE: garfish Jul 30, 2008 07:43 PM

                                                                                                  About a year ago, I started saving it. What a difference it can make in sauces, beans and dressings. Oh yea and this Fall I'm going to work on Duck fat, I'll try to make confit, and then perhaps also schmalz (hoping for help with both!).
                                                                                                  And why not? Our parents kept and used these things and their parents before them. Everything in moderation is all.

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                                                                                                    aurora50 RE: chef chicklet Jul 30, 2008 08:28 PM

                                                                                                    We use our bacon fat to sautee lamb shanks, for heavenly "breakfast potatoes", and the way our stepfather taught us: to liberally baste Sunday sunny-side-up eggs.
                                                                                                    - sigh-

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                                                                                                      smtucker RE: aurora50 Jul 31, 2008 10:08 AM

                                                                                                      That reminds me of one of my father's great small lies. As I child, I loved fried eggs, but we only had them twice a year around Christmas. Christmas was also the only time of the year we had bacon. And for those two days, my father would happily fry our eggs with the remaining bacon fat. One year, when I was about 8, I asked for a fried egg in June and my father's face crumbled as he explained "you can't fry an egg without bacon fat." And you know, I believed him for years. Then I didn't. And now I do again.

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                                                                                                        aurora50 RE: smtucker Aug 2, 2008 10:21 PM

                                                                                                        Yep - we looked forward to our stepfather's basted eggs every Christmas morning - God rest his soul.
                                                                                                        Now we carry on the tradition.

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                                                                                                      garfish RE: chef chicklet Jul 30, 2008 09:33 PM

                                                                                                      btw...thanks for the insparation from your BBQ post.

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                                                                                                        chef chicklet RE: garfish Aug 5, 2008 06:27 AM

                                                                                                        welcome! Are you making some? Really bacon fat?I am SO trying that!

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                                                                                                          garfish RE: chef chicklet Aug 8, 2008 05:03 AM

                                                                                                          Yea...it's a tart bbq sauce with just a touch of sweet. Think of it as a base and take it where you like. When I can it I leave the bacon fat out and add it when I warm it up.

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                                                                                                      shallots RE: garfish Jul 31, 2008 09:01 AM

                                                                                                      Yes to Bacon Fat.
                                                                                                      Separate from Pork Shoulder Fat.
                                                                                                      Separate from Chicken Fat

                                                                                                      The rest of the fats get saved for making soap.

                                                                                                      Any comments on that small amount of fat that can be rendered from legs of lamb?

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                                                                                                        Sherri RE: shallots Jul 31, 2008 09:29 AM

                                                                                                        I use it to brown onions before making flagelots or white beans to serve w/ lamb. I've found that a handful of fresh parsley and like amount of fresh chopped tomatoes added just at the end of the bean cooking brings a freshness to the "lamb-y" beans like nothing else. Fresh thyme also, if you have it.

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                                                                                                          LA Buckeye Fan RE: shallots Sep 14, 2008 02:20 PM

                                                                                                          make some spaghetti....with tomato paste, lamb fat...oregano and garlic. My greek friend always made this as a side with her leg of lamb. Yum.

                                                                                                        2. viperlush RE: garfish Jul 31, 2008 11:01 AM

                                                                                                          Never occurred to me not to have one. Both sets of grandparents (from the south) and my mother always had a can/dish in the fridge. Does make it interesting though when cooking for my vegetarian SIL. It took us a couple of years to remember to fry her eggs/potatoes/ etc. in a separate pan with butter. But I have found that it perfect to fry vegetarian sausage in. :)

                                                                                                          1. mrsbuffer RE: garfish Jul 31, 2008 01:20 PM

                                                                                                            Wasn't there an episode of Everybody Loves Raymond that was centered around Frank throwing out Marie's fat container that she has been saving for months because he needed the can to store nails?

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                                                                                                              ExercisetoEat RE: garfish Aug 1, 2008 08:31 AM

                                                                                                              Here's a recipe for all you bacon fat hoarders out there! It's my favorite salad recipe from my mom, however I only make it for special occasions due to the fat content. I just made it this week for a work event - and had to look away as I doubled the recipe and used 2/3 a cup of bacon fat in the dressing! However there wasn't a leaf of spinach left after lunch...so no one's complaining!

                                                                                                              Hot Bacon Dressing

                                                                                                              3 hard cooked egg yolks

                                                                                                              1 ½ T yellow mustard

                                                                                                              3 T cider vinegar

                                                                                                              3 T sugar

                                                                                                              1/3 c bacon drippings

                                                                                                              Spinach Salad

                                                                                                              3 bunches of spinach, washed

                                                                                                              2 hard cooked eggs, sliced

                                                                                                              Chopped egg whites left over from eggs in dressing

                                                                                                              2 chopped green onions

                                                                                                              4 -6 slices, cooked and torn bacon

                                                                                                              Seasoned croutons

                                                                                                              Mix the first five ingredients for dressing. Let flavors meld for 15-30 minutes.

                                                                                                              Mix with the salad ingredients and serve.

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                                                                                                                lynnlato RE: ExercisetoEat Aug 1, 2008 09:41 AM

                                                                                                                Hot bacon dressing! We had an Italian deli that used to make this stuff and sell it. It was a jar of fat w/ diced bacon and sugar and a splash of vinegar. It was heavenly on spinach salads. Thanks for reminding me. I may have to whip up your recipe for dinner tonight.

                                                                                                                I think it's hilarious that someone w/ the screen name "exercisetoeat" posted a hot bacon dressing recipe. I love it, it makes perfect sense!

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                                                                                                                  aurora50 RE: lynnlato Sep 18, 2008 02:06 PM

                                                                                                                  Ex, my sister and I made your Spinach Salad last night. It was simply delicious. We've tried to make other spinach salads before, and yours was by far the best. Thank you.

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                                                                                                                    ExercisetoEat RE: aurora50 Sep 26, 2008 07:52 AM

                                                                                                                    Thanks Aurora! I'm so glad that it turned out for you. It's one of the few salads that I'll actually get a craving for now and then!

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                                                                                                                  ajcraig RE: ExercisetoEat Aug 1, 2008 04:14 PM

                                                                                                                  My mother made German Potato salad on special occasions. One of those occassions came up with no bacon in the house and no wiggle room in the budget. So she did what came naturally, browned diced onion in bacon fat til they were nice and crispy. Once they were tossed in the sweet/sour dressing no one knew the difference.

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                                                                                                                    lynnlato RE: ExercisetoEat Aug 1, 2008 06:17 PM

                                                                                                                    Just had it for dinner tonight! Delicious and perfect for a warm evening on our screened in porch. FYI, I left out the HB egg yolks (just put the eggs wedged in the salad) and used dijon mustard in the dressing. I also add a couple splashes of Tabasco and some shallots just for a little zing. It was a perfect dressing. Thanks so much for sharing.

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                                                                                                                      alanbarnes RE: lynnlato Aug 2, 2008 08:48 AM

                                                                                                                      My God, we've created a monster!

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                                                                                                                        lynnlato RE: alanbarnes Aug 2, 2008 09:42 AM

                                                                                                                        Yep, I hope you're proud of yourselves too. My cholesterol levels are dangerously high right now.

                                                                                                                        Next up, bacon fat tiramisu. Lady fingers lovingly soaked in bacon fat and layered w/ a bacon fat mascarpone cream. Maybe a splash of espresso too.

                                                                                                                        Just kiddin' folks, relax. I'm comin' off my binge.

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                                                                                                                          GodfatherofLunch RE: lynnlato Aug 2, 2008 09:56 AM

                                                                                                                          And to attract that special someone
                                                                                                                          New Chanel #5 Bacon Scent

                                                                                                                          1. re: lynnlato
                                                                                                                            LA Buckeye Fan RE: lynnlato Sep 14, 2008 02:24 PM

                                                                                                                            ^ that cracked me up!

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                                                                                                                          ExercisetoEat RE: lynnlato Aug 4, 2008 09:07 AM

                                                                                                                          Glad you liked it! Shallots would be a terrific addition. Sometimes I add chopped red onion to the salad for more of a "bite". The HB egg yolks in the dressing make a difference in the consistency, giving it a "creamy" texture when they are whisked in. However I'm sure that it tasted just great with them in the salad too!

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                                                                                                                          chazzerking RE: ExercisetoEat Aug 1, 2008 09:01 PM

                                                                                                                          I used to make a salad of young red leaf lettuce and spinach with a hot bacon fat, vinegar, a little prepared dijon mustard and a little sugar dressing, with the crumbled bacon and some chopped hard boiled egg and sliced red onion. the hot dressing would wilt the greens, being responsible for the name(from the ozarks); wilted lettuce

                                                                                                                        4. Alacrity59 RE: garfish Aug 1, 2008 07:24 PM

                                                                                                                          Hate to admit it but I'm almost a criminal these days. Rather than take 20 minutes to cook my bacon I've been nuking it on a plate between two paper towels and finishing it in the pan I fry my eggs in. I'm glad the city I live in recycles greasy paper.

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                                                                                                                            alkapal RE: Alacrity59 Aug 2, 2008 05:28 AM

                                                                                                                            alacrity, don't put a paper towel underneath the bacon-- just over to cover spatter. there's your grease! also, your bacon can sizzle a little.

                                                                                                                            this gadget is even better, as it raises bacon for drainage, and has a collection well, making it easy to pour and store the grease: http://www.cutleryandmore.com/details...

                                                                                                                            i use mine quite a bit. and it is so much cleaner and quicker than the skillet (and i don't want to heat up my oven for bacon -- unless it is some of that "caramelized bacon" with the light brown sugar crust!)

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                                                                                                                              lynnlato RE: alkapal Aug 2, 2008 08:16 AM

                                                                                                                              Exactly, alkapal. We have one of these bacon trays for the microwave too. My kids demand bacon on Saturday and Sunday mornings. The fat that accumulates in the tray is then poured into the fat jar.

                                                                                                                              Only now have I begun to put that fat to good use, though!

                                                                                                                          2. sugarplumbs RE: garfish Aug 2, 2008 09:31 AM

                                                                                                                            oh yes! i always keep the fat, especially from the good bacon. recently, i rendered some guanciale and put that in the mix. always good if i don't want to necessarily eat meat in something, but want that bacony good flavor! i think there are a couple ramekins/containters floating around in my fridge...

                                                                                                                            1. WCchopper RE: garfish Aug 2, 2008 12:48 PM

                                                                                                                              Bacon fat makes good roux.

                                                                                                                              1. giddyrobin RE: garfish Aug 6, 2008 10:14 AM

                                                                                                                                Oh I keep mine in a coffee cup uncovered (gasp) and unfiltered on shelf.

                                                                                                                                I use it in beans for flavor (especially if I have no hock in it).
                                                                                                                                Cornbread (half dripping, half butter)
                                                                                                                                Anything that needs some flavor!

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                                                                                                                                  P Macias RE: giddyrobin Aug 6, 2008 09:22 PM

                                                                                                                                  Jeeze, and I was TRYING to behave! A body could have a lethal coronary just reading this stuff. Oh, I love my bacon grease and the little aluminum can.
                                                                                                                                  Fried potatoes or chicken in bacon fat. Fat in the beans.
                                                                                                                                  And Christmas goose fat on homemade bread.
                                                                                                                                  Cholesterol is merely a number.

                                                                                                                                2. Veggo RE: garfish Aug 7, 2008 07:29 AM

                                                                                                                                  I have one for bacon fat and one for chorizo fat. At my mountain house in Cuchara, Colorado (elevation 9000 ft) I kept my bacon fat on the kitchen window sill behind the sink, and a black bear did a smash-and grab. Lots of damage. I'm wiser now, and more respectful of bears' olfactory senses.

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                                                                                                                                    LA Buckeye Fan RE: Veggo Sep 14, 2008 02:30 PM

                                                                                                                                    just curious...did the black bear also raid your tomato and lettuce crop?

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                                                                                                                                    archstreet RE: garfish Aug 7, 2008 08:09 AM

                                                                                                                                    I have a little ramekin of it, and I sneak a bit into everything! I also put some olive oil into everything and choose to believe its "good" fat cancels out bacon's "bad" fat. More importantly, it tastes good. I also have a peanut butter jar of chorizo fat in the freezer, but that's just because I don't want to put it down the garbage disposal.

                                                                                                                                    1. Pat Hammond RE: garfish Aug 7, 2008 04:29 PM

                                                                                                                                      I have a jar of duck fat in the freezer. Does that count?

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                                                                                                                                        Eat_Nopal RE: Pat Hammond Aug 7, 2008 05:55 PM

                                                                                                                                        Not even close.

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                                                                                                                                          FoodFuser RE: Pat Hammond Aug 7, 2008 08:14 PM

                                                                                                                                          The grease from Quacklin's just ain't the same as that from Cracklin's.

                                                                                                                                          That being said, they've surely both had an historical place on the back ledge of country stoves.

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                                                                                                                                            Eat_Nopal RE: FoodFuser Aug 7, 2008 08:38 PM

                                                                                                                                            Ya know... if PH kept it on the table and used it like butter... very respectable... I would over look the lack of smokey wood myself... but freezer? It just serves no purpose there... it might as well be canned oil spray.

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                                                                                                                                            chazzerking RE: Pat Hammond Aug 8, 2008 09:23 AM

                                                                                                                                            there's no real reason to freeze it. It will keep forever in the fridge, and for a pretty long while unrefrigerated, if it's clean. There is truly nothing like it for frying potatoes.

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                                                                                                                                            CMASHEN RE: garfish Aug 8, 2008 09:39 PM

                                                                                                                                            Okay...I am convinced to start my bacon grease stash. Is cheap fatty bacon the best way to start?

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                                                                                                                                              alanbarnes RE: CMASHEN Aug 9, 2008 12:04 AM

                                                                                                                                              You'll get better-tasting bacon grease from better-tasting bacon. Less fat per pound, but patience will definitely be rewarded.

                                                                                                                                              1. re: alanbarnes
                                                                                                                                                PattiCakes RE: alanbarnes Sep 18, 2008 09:11 AM

                                                                                                                                                My dad used to make this dish he called (God help me) "Gratz Town Dippy". I think he made the name up just because he needed a name for it, and he grew up near the town of Gratz in PA. And he was (to say the least) a little "dippy".

                                                                                                                                                Anyway, he'd take the bacon fat & put it in a cast iron skillet. He'd saute some chopped onion, then make a roux -- bringing up to a light brown, Then he'd add a bunch of chopprd up fresh tomatoes from the garden. Then add milk. We ate it over toast for breakfast or for dinner. I always considered it a MAJOR treat, never once realizing that it was really a way to fill the family's hungry bellies for not a lot on money.

                                                                                                                                                I tried to re-create it years later, but I used butter instead of the bacon fat. More politically correct, culinary-wise. It was OK, but never quite the same as my Dad's. THEN I changed to bacon fat. Viva la differance! Glenn's Gratz Town Dippy lives on!!

                                                                                                                                                Oh, and you might want to try that bacon fat to saute a little onion before you make your SOS (creamed chipped beef). NOW you're talkin'.......

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                                                                                                                                                  caliking RE: PattiCakes Sep 18, 2008 09:35 AM

                                                                                                                                                  mmmmmmmmmmm... bacon.

                                                                                                                                                  Have 1 jar of bacon fat and 2 jars of duck fat. Try pomme frites made with the duck fat or the bacon fat... deelish. Hot Doug's in Chicago does fries fried in duck fat on Fri and Sat- they are fabulous.

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                                                                                                                                              TripChick RE: garfish Sep 18, 2008 12:02 PM

                                                                                                                                              I do! I do!

                                                                                                                                              1. ChefJune RE: garfish Sep 18, 2008 02:16 PM

                                                                                                                                                But of course! And duck fat, as well.

                                                                                                                                                1. The Professor RE: garfish Sep 18, 2008 02:43 PM

                                                                                                                                                  ohhhh hell yeah...and some duck fat, goose fat, pork fat (non-bacon) and chicken fat as well.
                                                                                                                                                  I use less of these than my grandma did, but still do use them. In moderation, everything is fine. And no matter what anyone says, some things you just cant substitute out.

                                                                                                                                                  1. Delucacheesemonger RE: garfish Sep 23, 2008 02:46 PM

                                                                                                                                                    Have a 15 lb jug of goose fat forever, has been moved three times, only thing in freezer l move, used to be 25 lbs. Made a lot of confit and kept using the fat for the process

                                                                                                                                                    1. steinpilz RE: garfish Sep 26, 2008 04:05 PM

                                                                                                                                                      I have containers of bacon, chicken, and duck, fats in the freezer and lard in the refridgerator.

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