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Old 08-08-2020, 12:22 PM
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Growing up, my mom cooked it on stove in frying pan. She saved the grease in a tin can and kept it in the freezer. She would cook with the bacon grease. I distinctly remember her using it to grease the pan for pancakes.

What do you do with the grease?


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Old 08-08-2020, 12:31 PM
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I'm not a big cook , so it would never occur to me to save grease. Growing up, my mom made cornbread with it.
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Old 08-08-2020, 12:35 PM
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I still fry my bacon. I then place it on paper towels to soak up the extra grease and dab the top with paper towels as well before eating. I throw away the left over grease.
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Old 08-08-2020, 12:39 PM
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Guilty! I either bake it or fry it. I save the grease and use it in green beans particularly.
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Old 08-08-2020, 12:42 PM
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I never saved bacon grease, nor did my mom. My grandmother did. She used it for anything that needed grease.

I don't like the flavor of any meat-based grease. I dislike meat flavor in anything unless it is meat. Nothing ruins beans faster than meat flavor. Gross.


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Old 08-08-2020, 01:02 PM
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We put our bacon grease in a small tin that was my husband's grandmother's and keep it in the fridge.. We use it to cook with: eggs, veggies, etc. It's so yummy!!
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Old 08-08-2020, 01:58 PM
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I just answered that one and mentioned this very thing. I use it for green beans or to stir fry veggies. I will fry eggs with it--overeasy or scrambled. Oh, and I forgot fried potatoes with onions--we rarely have them anymore so I forgot all about them.
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Old 08-08-2020, 02:07 PM
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We use paper towels to soak up bacon grease then throw them away. I do put bacon in fresh green beans though.
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Old 08-08-2020, 02:15 PM
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I grew up in Europe. My mother would buy meat, including bacon, from the butcher shop. She saved all the grease in a coffee can until it was full, and I would take it back to the butcher. I have no idea what they did with it.
That reminds me that my mother would also save vegetable scraps and potato peels, and a farmer would come buy once a week to collect the scraps from all the housewives. Those scraps would be fed to the farm animals.

Now that I am plant based and don't eat any meat, so I don't have any bacon grease.
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Old 08-08-2020, 02:52 PM
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CVT note about the farmer picking up the scraps: When I first started teaching back in 1986, the cafeteria would collect scraps from even the kid's trays and a local farmer (who happened to be the former head sheriff of our county) would come by every day and collect them for his pigs. And then suddenly, the practice stopped. I suppose the health department got involved. Too bad. I thought it was cool.

I don't collect bacon grease anymore because I use microwave bacon. But I never cooked with it. I just didn't want it going down the kitchen sink. My mother-in-law made a delicious wilted salad using hot bacon grease. She got the recipe from her mother who was from Missouri. It was surprisingly tasty. Who would have thought? She was a great cook.


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Old 08-08-2020, 02:59 PM
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My mother always saved it in a soup can. I have never cooked with it but I think bacon makes everything better.

I remember my mom told me during WWII grocery stores collected bacon fat to help with war effort and I never asked her why. It turns out it was used to make bombs.



https://www.theatlantic.com/health/a...war-ii/360298/
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Old 08-08-2020, 03:24 PM
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I have a fat jar that I keep in the refrigerator. I put any leftover grease from cooking into it. When it's full, I throw it away. I use any old empty glass jar( spaghetti sauce, jam, salsa...)
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Old 08-08-2020, 04:05 PM
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One of my classroom aides made popcorn in bacon grease. It was the BEST popcorn I had.
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Old 08-08-2020, 08:29 PM
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I keep a jar in the refrigerator. It is used for seasoning green beans and for greasing the iron skillet for cornbread. I may have to try using it for my popcorn now because that sounds yummy!! Thanks, bronxgirl!
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Old 08-08-2020, 09:25 PM
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but I distinctly remember my mother’s canister set. There were five containers, in descending size order: Flour, Sugar, Coffee, Tea, and Grease. The grease one had an insert that went in the top. It strained the grease as you poured it into the container, so that all the little bits of bacon scraps were kept out of the bottom, where the grease was stored. I remember fighting with my brother to pick out some of those scraps as a treat.
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Old 08-09-2020, 05:46 AM
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I save my misc grease in a Metamucil can under the sink. I just throw it all away when it seems too rancid I throw it away.
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Old 08-09-2020, 09:43 AM
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I sauté lentils in bacon grease before I make lentil soup.

I also drizzle it on Brussels sprouts before roasting them.
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