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Nov 2, 2012 09:05 AM

Favorite uses of bacon fat/grease

So I have a container of bacon fat/grease/whatever you want to call it that I've collected. There's not a lot, maybe 1/2 or 3/4 of a cup. Other than making potatoes or eggs, what are some of your favorite uses of bacon fat?

Like for example, can I use it for cooking a steak in a cast iron pan? I also have a spice cake recipe that calls for bacon fat but I can't have a cake sitting around my house, there's only 2 of us.

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  1. Yes you can use it for steak. I love it for roasting vegetables, general sauteing of anything that could use a little porky goodness, and most especially for making popcorn. There really isn't anything I don't love with a little bacon grease!

    1. basically anything, i used it in bread before, roasted veggies or even just sauteeing veggies. I like cooking cabbage with a bit of bacon fat, because it gives it a bit of smokiness to it.

      1. If you really want to make the cake, a dense, unfrosted cake cut into squares freezes nicely. Just thaw a square when you want a small sweet treat.

        Bacon fat - fried eggs, potatoes, many other veggies, fried rice.

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        1. re: tcamp

          Only 2 of us, also, and I often make just 1/2 a cake recipe. Bake in an 8" pan. When cool, cut the layer in half (vertically!) and frost, then stack. Voila, 1/2 a cake. Even then, tho, sometimes I'll have to freeze the last couple of slices.

          Bacon fat: required to put a spoonful into simmering green beans.

        2. Grilled cheese in bacon fat is good! Just about anything benefits from bacon!

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          1. re: Bigley9

            Bacon fat grilled cheese sandwiches aren't just good - they're DAMNED GOOD!

            I also fry potatoes, green beans, brussel sprouts, Hell.... just about anything that calls for oil or butter. Did I mention hot bacon dressing? ;-)

            1. re: lynnlato

              My toaster broke, so now I toast my bread in butter or bacon grease in a cast iron pan. Delicious. I don't think I'll buy another toaster.

              1. re: shoo bee doo

                Nice! I just made the kids bacon fat grilled cheeses yesterday in my cast iron skillet. I told them that there was a whole lotta love in the sammich. ;-)

          2. Cabbage and onion in bacon grease is delicious.

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            1. re: jeanmarieok

              Corn bread .Bacon fat in the skillet and in the batter. With greens or beans .and hot sauce .Trout or any fish especially when camping.Fried tube biscuits or hush puppies.

              1. re: scunge

                Scunge - I'd eat that. I wish I had a plate full of all that right now!

                1. re: scunge

                  Yes, corn bread. Melted in an otherwise empty cast iron skillet in the oven then pour in the batter. It will spit and sizzle and give the best crunchy crust ever.

                  A little bit when making mayo is good, and of course in cooked greens. I always have a jelly jar full in the fridge.

                  1. re: scunge

                    +1 on scunge's recommendation for bacon fat in corn bread. I also use corn meal to dust cut-up okra with and fry it in bacon fat. Not only does this cooking style cut the slime, it also results in a rich, flavorful crust.