Thursday, November 20, 2008

Thirteen Uses For Bacon Grease

Growing up, I was always told to never, ever, rinse or scrape greasy skillets and pans into the sink and down the drain -- you'll clog the pipes! You're to scrape them clean first and then rinse them with hot-hot water to make sure to avoid clogs.

But as many a good (and economical) cook knows, you don't scrape that bacon grease into the garbage can either; you save it for some savory cookin'.

First the 'how' and then the cooking ideas.

How:

When done frying the bacon, take the skillet off the heat & wait for it to cool -- really cool. Hot grease splatters are no fun at all.

When you are certain the grease is room temperature (it's hardened), scoop into a glass container, a coffee can, or plastic container. (And yes, scrape that skillet -- those bits of bacon in the grease are 'gold' as far as flavor goes!) Then cover the container and place in the fridge.

It may not look like much in the container at first (either in terms of amount or appeal), but eventually it not only adds up, but adds a nice flavor to foods.

Note: when using bacon grease do not add any additional salt while cooking or baking.

Now here's 13 ways to use that bacon grease.




The first 10 ideas are from Modern Woman Magazine (Vol. 12, No. 4, 1943)



11) Add to mashed potatoes, and then you can cut the amount of butter &/or milk as well as add flavor. (In fact, adding a tsp. of bacon grease to a boiling pot of potatoes keeps the water boiling in the pot -- not have to boiling over onto the stove top -- and adds zing.)

12) Use it to grease your muffin tins for corn muffins, the baking sheet for biscuits, etc.

13) Fry sliced (green?) tomatoes! (Fannie Flagg's Original Whistle Stop Cafe Cookbook: Featuring : Fried Green Tomatoes, Southern Barbecue, Banana Split Cake, and Many Other Great Recipes)

Have your own recipes or ways to use bacon grease? Please share them in the comments!

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