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Sep 7, 2009 07:53 PM

Bacon Fat: Will It Go Bad??

I have a large old pickle jar that I keeps all my saved bacon fat . I've been on the road the better part of the last 6 months and have cooked less than usual. In June, I cooked down the whole jar to get the older and newer fats to combine to try and "preserve" my beautiful fat collection. But since I've used it so little the last few months I'm wondering if I need to start over, or if it's just fine.

Thanks for your thoughts.

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  1. eventually, yes, it will become rancid. but it depends on how it's stored and how well you strained it, among other things. this prior thread might be helpful:

    BTW, since fats are prone to rancidity, the fridge or freezer is best for long-term storage.

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    1. re: goodhealthgourmet

      Well mine is stored in the fridge, and with an air tight lid, and I strain all my fat through a coffee filter prior to adding it to the jar. So, I guess I need to start paring it down.


      1. re: FoodChic

        i keep it in the freezer and it's easy to chop pieces off because it never gets super hard.