Ahhh, bacon. Is there any better thing on the planet? We think not. Here at Bensa, we’re often asked about bacon’s inevitable by-product, bacon grease. Our members wonder if it’s okay to cook with bacon fat. They ask us about the best way to save it, and the best way to discard it.
So today, we’re happy to tackle the topic of bacon grease and answer those questions definitively. Let’s begin with the toughest question of all:
Can We Cook With Bacon Grease, Or Is It Unhealthy?
Bacon drippings are commonly used in Southern cooking, in recipes from cornbread to green beans to popcorn. In moderation, bacon grease can add flavor like nobody’s business. We feel especially good about saving the fat from top-quality bacon prepared without chemical additives and preservatives, made from pasture-grazed/humanely raised pigs.
What’s the Best Way to Save Bacon Grease?
Just cool it to room temperature and strain it through cheesecloth or a coffee filter into a lidded glass container like a Mason Jar. Then cover the jar tightly and keep it in the refrigerator. Now it’s ready to drizzle over spinach or greens, add to cornbread, or stir into refried beans. Covered, strained bacon fat will keep for several months in the refrigerator.
What’s the Best Way to Discard Bacon Grease?
Our mothers used to collect bacon grease in a coffee can, but these days most folks recycle cans. If you’re not going to save your bacon fat for cooking, we suggest this simple method for easy bacon grease disposal. Cut a piece of parchment paper in a circle to fit a bowl:
Pour the grease in the parchment-lined bowl.
Cool to room temperature, and then refrigerate the bowl until the bacon grease hardens.
Remove the paper and grease, and discard. No muss, no fuss!
How about you? Do you save your bacon grease? We’d love to hear how you cook with this flavorful fat.
~ Your friends at BENSA