Don't Dump Your Bacon Grease—Here Are 7 Delicious Ways to Use It
Nestled in the corner of my refrigerator’s cheese compartment is a mid-size, rectangular container filled with formerly liquefied bacon fat, now solid and striped in layers of varying shades of light brown. Sure it's odd-looking, but I promise that this little container is one of the most delicious, game-changing food items in my fridge. I'm here to tell you why.
Bacon fat, created by pan-frying or baking bacon in the oven, is the not-so-secret ingredient anyone can use instead of butter or oil in nearly any recipe. In fact, salvaging your bacon fat instead of dumping it down the drain, which puts pipes and local sewer lines at risk, is necessary (no matter what you plan to do with it).
As long as you have allowed your liquid bacon run-off to coagulate and you keep it in an easy-to-access container, you can use this ingredient as you see fit. Ready to start? We have a few ideas on how to use your bacon fat to add flavor (for free!).