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Bacon Grease - Shelf life?

WhatsEatingYou Jun 5, 2013 07:31 AM

I saved the fat when I fried up some bacon a few weeks ago and have been using pats here and there for eggs and sauteing but am using sparingly since I do not make bacon often. How long can the fat last in the fridge (its in a foil wrapped bowl)? Is it better to just freeze it?

  1. fldhkybnva Jun 5, 2013 08:34 AM

    I have a jar that's been around for at least 6 months to a year and it's fine. I just keep it in the fridge. I'd check it when you open, if not rancid it's probably OK

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      julesrules Jun 5, 2013 08:44 AM

      Roughly forever? I just keep adding to the jar in the fridge and haven't had any problems using it when I decide to.

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      1. re: julesrules
        biondanonima Jun 5, 2013 10:53 AM

        That's what I do too - I've never had it go rancid.

        1. re: julesrules
          Monica Jun 7, 2013 01:21 PM

          Me too! I thought i was the only crazy one.

        2. Candy Jun 5, 2013 09:06 AM

          My mother had a grease can, she kept it on the cooktop and never refrigerated it. She would just dip a spoon in and take what she needed and when frying bacon she would top it up with that batches grease.

          None of us got sick, she is going strong at 90. She does not have the can any longer and has quit cooking. I still will save bacon grease and use it to grease cornbread/stick pans, in greens, greenbeans, etc.

          Take a look at this chart, http://www.porkbeinspired.com/Nutriti... you will see that pork fat is not as bad as it has been portrayed. It is better for you than butter.

          1. NanaMoussecurry Jun 6, 2013 03:52 PM

            I keep it in a mason jar in the fridge pretty much indefinitely.

            1. kaleokahu Jun 6, 2013 07:41 PM

              Hi, WEY:

              Let your nose be your guide. Purely rendered animal fat takes a *long* time to go rancid, and you will be able to tell. My mom and grandmothers kept their bacongrease in small, speckled enameled steel dip-pots by the stove for months at a time.

              Worry not.

              Aloha,
              Kaleo

              PS Storing in the reefer/freezer is not a panacea--there is an exchange of odors that happens--sometimes good, sometimes bad.

              1. Chemicalkinetics Jun 6, 2013 09:47 PM

                Lard can last for a long while especially in refrigerator. I would the bacon grease in a small container and then place it in the refrigerator for long term storage.

                1. g
                  GreenDean Jun 7, 2013 01:41 AM

                  Seems like some people use it indefinitely.
                  http://chowhound.chow.com/topics/330272

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                    reptilegrrl Jun 7, 2013 01:56 AM

                    I suspect that the salts help to preserve it. I keep mine in a Mason jar in the fridge. I've only been keeping it since November, and I have run out once and broken the jar once.

                    I wouldn't be comfortable leaving it to sit on the counter, but in the fridge I suspect you will use it up before it spoils. The key is to use it! I use it for frying eggs, searing meat, etc.

                    I do think you should put it in something with a lid, otherwise like anything it can pick up fridge flavors and get gross.

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                    1. re: reptilegrrl
                      raytamsgv Jun 7, 2013 11:27 AM

                      I would guess that its longevity would be due to a lack of water. Bacteria and mold cannot grow without moisture.

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                      treb Jun 7, 2013 05:46 AM

                      transfer to a mason jar or old jelly jar, will last forever.

                      1. tim irvine Jun 7, 2013 06:15 AM

                        If it lasts forever, you aren't making corn bread often enough!

                        1. b
                          Baconbaconbacon Feb 12, 2014 08:54 PM

                          Bacon grease doesn't go bad. It stays good forever in the fridge, but you can also freeze it.

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