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Dec 22, 2010 10:34 AM

What do you do with bacon grease?

I save it but end up tossing it out after the can is full. What can one use it for and does it require any prep?

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  1. That depends on your cholesterol, HDL and LDL. If you have very low levels, make gravy with fresh grease, not stuff that has sat around in a jar for several days. Eggs can also be fried in it.

    If your cholesterol levels are critically high, discard the stuff unless you have a bird feeder in your backyard. Then you can make a birdseed suet treat for the birds that winter over in your area if it is cold there now.

    1. Good as a replacement for part of the fat in a cornbread recipe and to put in the bottom of the skillet.

      Clean it (boil in lots of water, let cool and peel the solid fat off the now-bacony water) and use it in place of shortening, lard, etc. Cleaned, it's great in homemade tortillas, and if you can get it clean enough, it's fantastic in pie crust!

      1. Fry liver in it, potatoes, anything pretty much that you would fry. (not a good idea on an everyday basis, but once in a while... probably better for you than Crisco or some of the well-lnown "vegetable" oils -- which are hydrogenated.

        1. Put it in a saline drip bag and inject directly into your veins. Ahhhh, that's the stuff.

          1. I cook almost anything in it. Eggs, potatoes, other meats, mirepoix for soups (made a GREAT puree of broccoli soup last night with bacon fat as the base), stews... I've even used it in baked goods (those that are already bacon-themed, that is...)
            This summer I even used it in place of butter when I was playing around with savoury mini phyllo tartlet shells filled with goat cheese and roasted veg. Mmm.

            OT, perhaps, but my favourite use for duck fat is plain, on good warm bread, with a sprinkle of fleur de sel. HEAVEN.