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Oct 26, 2011 10:57 AM

Anybody sell bacon fat around here?

I know I can get duck and goose fat at Savenor's, but does anyone sell rendered bacon fat? I don't eat a lot of bacon as such so even though I save and use every drop I often have none on hand when I want it for frying up some eggs.

Seems to me there should be a market for the stuff, but I don't recall ever seeing it for sale anywhere.

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  1. I haven't seen bacon fat for sale, but did find that the Polish market across from Cafe Polonia sells pints of the lard with bacon bits that the restaurant serves with its bread.

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    1. re: Allstonian

      Never been there. That's in Southie, right?

      1. re: BobB

        Just outside Andrew Square -- sort of on the Dorchester/Southie line. Realtors would call it Soudot.

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        1. I think Cutty's sells pork fat (perhaps not exclusively bacon).

          1. I remember some higher end market in the South end sold leaf lard, but I think they may no longer be in existence..

            I've gone the "buy a bunch of pork fat and render it myself" route which is easy enough to do..

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            1. re: grant.cook

              Thanks, but it's not lard I'm looking for, I know where to get that, it's specifically the smoky savoriness of bacon fat.

              1. re: BobB

                My guess is that you're going to be hard pressed to find rendered bacon fat unless you find a place that sells the cooked bacon. Since there's not really any fat trimmed off of bacon, there's nowhere for rendered bacon fat to come from without also cooking the bacon itself. You could go to your favorite breakfast place one morning, bring a can or jar, and just ask them to fill it up with drippings maybe.

                A couple ideas, all revolving around rendering your own: check some of the Brazilian markets (like Seabra in Somerville) for inexpensive slab bacon that's not full of water (I think it's used for feijoada, among other things). I think I've seen decent candidates there, but I've never bought them. You could also check with the guys at the deli counter at Market Basket and see if they can save you the ends of the slab bacon--they usually sell the ends of deli meats for a discount. Or you could buy some lard (or render it yourself from pork fat) and cook your bacon in the lard. I'm not sure how much you need, but maybe by fortifying the bacon fat with lard, you can get more volume, and by cooking the bacon in said lard, you can extract a little more flavor into the fat.

                Btw, I found this via some other threads on chowhound similar to yours. Take a poke around using Google. At $20/4oz, though, it's WAY too expensive:

                Good luck--sorry I can't be of more help.