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How to Save Bacon Grease

Free, tasty, easy to keep,  flavorful and always ready to use, bacon grease is the perfect accompaniment for a cook’s kitchen. I’ll show you how to save bacon grease and you’ll be so glad I did!

Bacon grease works in so many recipes! It’s great for cooking eggs, vegetables and it makes a grilled cheese sandwich perfectly! Once you see how easy it is to save bacon grease, you’ll be addicted!

A jelly jar half full of bacon grease on a blue and white napkin

How to Save Bacon Grease

WHY THIS RECIPE WORKS

Makes use of ALL of that expensive bacon

  • Adds flavor to so many dishes!
  • Is an easy way to be resourceful!

Let’s move on with your questions….

WHY SAVE BACON GREASE?

Bacon is expensive and bacon fat is a terrific oil to cook all kinds of things in. So why not make use of the free oil that the bacon gives?

IS IT GOOD TO SAVE BACON GREASE?

Yes,  it is very good to save bacon grease! Bacon used to be a cheap breakfast meat but these days, the thicker meatier cuts can cost as much as a good cut of steak per pound!

Saving the bacon grease saves you money and makes use of ALL of that expensive bacon.

WHAT DO YOU SAVE BACON GREASE IN?

In my kitchen, I use these jelly jars. I like them because…

  • The lids fit tightly
  • I only put a small amount in so that I am sure to use it up before it goes bad.
  • They wash up easily and I can reuse for all kinds of things

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Of course, you can always just get a specialized jar for this, already has a strainer in it! 

WHERE DO I KEEP MY BACON GREASE?

Once you pour the bacon grease off into the jelly jar, simply put the lid on it and put it in the refrigerator.

HOW TO USE BACON GREASE FOR COOKING

We keep our bacon grease in a jelly jar in the refrigerator and then when ready to use, simply dip out with a teaspoon to use.

Bacon grease kept in the refrigerator stays soft and is easy to dip out.

DOES BACON GREASE GO BAD?

Yes, bacon grease can go bad (rancid). This is more likely if there are pieces of bacon in the grease so be as careful as you can with straining your bacon grease.

A jelly jar with bacon grease, blue and white napkin, spoon and cutting board

HOW LONG IS BACON GREASE GOOD FOR?

Make sure to remove pieces of bacon and then keep covered and refrigerated, bacon grease will be good for about 6 months.

CAN YOU FREEZE BACON GREASE?

Yes, you can freeze bacon grease and it will be good for about a year.

WHAT RECIPES CAN I USE BACON GREASE IN?

I fully recommend adding bacon grease instead of butter to many canned vegetables. It adds a ton of flavor.

Try it in…

How to Cook Canned Corn on the Stove

How to Cook Canned Green Beans

Slow Cooker Green Beans and Bacon

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Bacon Jam

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Cheesy Bacon Dip

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Slow Cooker Green Beans and Bacon

How to Cook Canned Hominy

HERE’S HOW TO GET A LOT OF BACON GREASE AT ONCE!

Check out this post on how to cook bacon in the oven on a rack! That makes a lot of bacon grease at once. Be careful. Grease is HOT!

LET’S SEE HOW THIS IS DONE.

First cook your bacon. You will be left with grease and bits of bacon. Find something to put the grease in.

an empty jelly jar and black cast iron skillet

how to save bacon grease

 

Gently pour the bacon grease into your container being careful not to get the bits of bacon into your jar (or as little as possible) because these will go bad first and can cause your grease to become rancid.

pouring the bacon grease into the jelly jar

how to save bacon grease

 

Put the lid on the jar and place it in the refrigerator.

putting the lid on the jelly jar with bacon grease for how to save bacon grease

how to save bacon grease

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THE RECIPE FOR HOW TO SAVE BACON GREASE

A jelly jar half full of bacon grease on a blue and white napkin

How to Save Bacon Grease

This recipe gives you complete instructions on the proper way to save and store bacon grease.
5 from 9 votes
Print Pin Rate
Course: grease
Cuisine: American
Keyword: how to save bacon grease, bacon grease
Prep Time: 20 minutes
Total Time: 20 minutes
Servings: 4 servings
Calories: 130kcal
Author: Wendi Spraker

Ingredients

  • 4 strips of bacon

Instructions

  • Cook bacon to desired crispiness in a skillet over medium heat on the stovetop
  • Allow the grease to cool but not to become fully hard.
  • Gently pour the grease out of the pan being careful not to include bits of bacon.
  • Wipe off the outside of the jar if any spilled down the edges
  • Place jar in the refrigerator

Notes

  • Use a fine mesh kitchen strainer to pour the grease through if you don’t think you can pour it without getting pieces of bacon into the container
  • If the grease has become thick, you can reheat on the stove top OR scoop out with a spoon and put in your grease container.
  • Use the bacon grease within 6 months if keeping in the refrigerator.

Nutrition

Nutrition Facts
How to Save Bacon Grease
Amount Per Serving
Calories 130
* Percent Daily Values are based on a 2000 calorie diet.
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Recipe Rating




Cole

Friday 10th of July 2020

Excellent idea!!!! A couple of days after we saved our bacon grease we tried the Green Bean recipe and it was great. Thanks !!!!!

Wendi Spraker

Saturday 11th of July 2020

Hi Cole, Thanks so much for coming back and leaving a comment! I'm glad it worked out perfectly for you!

Mary

Thursday 30th of April 2020

Awe the "SOUTHERN" way!!

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 30th of April 2020

That's right! lol.

Irene

Thursday 30th of April 2020

Great ! I always wondered how to save the grease

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 30th of April 2020

Hi Irene! It's really working for me right now because butter has been in short supply. No problem, using bacon grease for cooking. :)

Jill Goff

Thursday 2nd of April 2020

Wonderful that I don’t need to purchase a special container, I already purchased the jars for a meal prepping idea. Thank you so much for the great information!

Wendi Spraker

Thursday 2nd of April 2020

Hi Jill! So glad for you too! I'm saving mine right now in an old glass spaghetti sauce jar, so, don't waste a container you might need for something else! :). Have a good one!

Renee

Sunday 9th of February 2020

Now I can have my fried egg without having to cook bacon. Thanks!!!

Wendi Spraker

Sunday 9th of February 2020

So glad to be of service! YAY!!!

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