Twenty One Uses For Bacon Grease

Bacon grease might just might be the best thing about bacon. Today I am sharing with you twenty-one of my favorite uses for bacon grease!

Uses for Bacon Grease

Last week I shared how to cook bacon in the oven. It is my favorite way to cook bacon and I was so glad to hear that many of you love cooking it that way too.

In my post on cooking bacon I shared my love of bacon grease. Several of you said that you don’t save your bacon grease and you were wondering what I use it for. Since bacon grease is one of the best parts of bacon, I knew I had to share more about bacon grease and why I love it.

Bacon grease is one of those things that past generations used and loved, but I think it has lost popularity in our time.

Many of us grew up with moms and grandmothers who had a jar or bowl of bacon grease that they used for all kinds of things. I think many today have just gotten out of the habit of doing the same thing.

Because I love bacon grease and it has so many uses, I am now on a mission to share why you should love it too. I decided to put together twenty-one of my favorite uses for bacon grease.

As far as storage goes I just store my bacon grease in a jar in the fridge. If I get a jar that is full I just freeze it.

Did you know that you can freeze bacon grease? Now it is not often that I have enough to freeze. We use it in so many other things it doesn’t build up for long, but when it does I freeze it for those times when I might run out of bacon grease. Plus you can never have too much bacon grease!

Cooking Bacon in the Oven

Since we raise hogs I cook our own bacon which is a high quality bacon. I don’t have a lot of particles of meat in my bacon grease. It is usually a beautiful off white color that is smooth and wonderful.

If you are worried though about the chunks of meat that might be in the bacon grease they make great bacon grease containers that strain those bits and pieces out or you can use something like cheesecloth to strain out the particles. (That is an affiliate link. Thanks for supporting this site.)

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Now for my favorite uses for bacon grease. It really does have so many uses. Just keep in mind that bacon grease tastes like bacon. It works as the place of fat or grease in many things, but if you use a lot of it, it will add the taste of bacon to the dish. For most things this is great. For other things it is not. For everything I share below bacon grease truly makes it better!

  1. Added to green beans or other vegetables while cooking them
  2. Fried Potatoes
  3. Fried Corn
  4. Greasing the pan for cornbread
  5. Hash browns
  6. Fried Eggs
  7. Scrambled Eggs
  8. Frying onions and peppers for fajitas
  9. For the grease in cooking fried rice
  10. Cooking popcorn on the stove top
  11. Using for the fat or some of the fat in homemade gravy
  12. A little bit in a pot or crock pot full of beans
  13. A little bit in a pot of homemade refried beans
  14. On Roasted Vegetables
  15. Oven Fried Potatoes- Just toss potatoes in a little bacon grease like you would oil, season, and bake.
  16. Cooking Spinach and other greens
  17. Salad dressings like the dressing I use on my cheeseburger salad
  18. Fried Cabbage
  19. Pan Frying Meat
  20. Seasoning Cast Iron
  21. Spread a little on corn on the cob, wrapped in foil, and grill it.

One of the other questions I get asked often is how long does bacon grease lasts. I have no clue what the correct answer is for that. I will say that I have had it in my fridge for a good month and have not had any problems with it. But again I don’t know what is the correct answer to that.

I am guessing that there is an official rule or something on how long you should keep it, but I don’t know what it is. I actually searched for it and the answers really varied. I do know that I don’t recommend leaving it out on the counter. I keep it in the fridge. And I am pretty sure bacon grease is like any other fat  and it will be quite obvious when it goes rancid because it will smell rancid.

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Comments

  1. I love to cook with bacon grease! I’ve had jars of it in the refrigerator for months at a time and have never had any go bad. Makes me think it might keep indefinitely.
    Thanks for all the great ideas. Some are things I do already, but a few are new to me. Can’t wait to try them!

  2. Me too! I love using bacon grease. It makes the best fried chicken and chicken fried steak! Also, I make “stewed tomatoes/breaded tomatoes” and use some bacon grease to season the tomatoes.

    I’ve read you can also make soap with it, but I haven’t tried that yet. :)

  3. Karin Goodman says:

    I have never thought of freezing it…. Any tips on this? I keep mine in a coffee cup in the fridge, when that one is full I do another one. I will start using canning jars, they can take the heat. My favorite way to cook elk or deer steak is with bacon grease, the flavor is so much better than plain oil. Also pan fried potatoes…yum yum.

    • I just freeze the jar with a lid on it. I don’t fill the jar quite to the top. I find it works best to freeze them in pint or smaller jars. Jelly jars work well because they are a little smaller. My mom always kept hers in a coffee can too. I like the jar because it makes freezing a little easier and you can heat it up to get that last little bit of grease out. I have cooked other meat in bacon grease but have not tried it with deer. I will have to try that. And yes on the fried potatoes. Potatoes are one of my favorite things to use bacon grease for!

  4. I can’t cook cornbread unless I have bacon grease. I add it into my meal, buttermilk and egg mixture. It adds such good flavor. Just like my Mama did!!

  5. My mom would use it to flavor a tomatoe bread bake and tomatoes with macaroni mmmm so tasty.

  6. Michelle Kyrou says:

    My Mother used to eat “butter grease” sandwiches. French for bacon grease on bread with pepper.

  7. Rancid? Never kept it long enough for that..lol I’m from the south, so grease is good…lol My dilemma is that I’m not a big fan of bacon. Not that I won’t eat it, just that I’m more of a sausage girl. So my problem is fixing enough bacon to have enough bacon grease for everything I want to use it in.

  8. Sarah Gallant says:

    I could just hug you for this post! We have been buying pork and pork sausage from a local farmer who pasture raises her hogs and I have been crying over throwing out the leftover grease. I just ordered a grease holder through your link and can’t wait to start saving and using that high quality grease!

    • I am so glad you found it helpful. Once you start using it I am sure you will find even more uses for it. Bacon grease is the best. :-) It is even better when it comes from good pork. Local farm raised pork is so good. It is hard to eat the store bought meat after you have had local farm raised meat.

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