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How Do You Store Bacon Grease?

Discussion in 'The Iron Chef' started by JM, May 14, 2009.

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  1. JM

    JM Puritan Board Professor

    About 6 months ago I found a recipe for bacon fried rice that required I strain bacon grease off the bacon and use it to fry rice in it. I've been straining off the bacon grease every time I make bacon since then.

    How do you store bacon grease?

    How long does it last in the fridge?

    Thanks.

    j
    PS: Tonight I made perogies and fried them in bacon grease :drool:
     
  2. PuritanCovenanter

    PuritanCovenanter Moderator Staff Member

    We have always just kept it out in a metal container on the stove. We never have refrigerated it. I have a can I drain bacon grease into on top of my stove right now. And I use the grease often. My family has always done that.
     
  3. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

    Randy is correct.
     
  4. Rich Koster

    Rich Koster Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    I have kept it in the fridge in an airtight plastic container for about a month with no smell of turning. Pour it fresh into a sanitized container, that is the key to keep it from turning on you. I love it for home fries, perogies sounds yummy also.
     
  5. MrMerlin777

    MrMerlin777 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    The fats in the grease will go rancid in time though, so if you're not cooking with it regularly you may want to find a way to prolong the "shelf life" the way Rich mentioned is one good way.

    Like most that have chimed in already, I pour it off into a metal grease container. But we don't generally use it for anything and after it is cool we dispose of it in the trash.

    (Just an aside, it's not generally a good idea to wash grease down the drain as it can clog one's pipes over time.)
     
  6. Grace Alone

    Grace Alone Puritan Board Senior

    It's also not very good for you, so do use it sparingly!
     
  7. Knoxienne

    Knoxienne Puritan Board Graduate

    That's what we do. I make breakfast and pour the grease from the griddle into an old coffee mug, let it harden and cool and then ask Bill to scoop it into the trash. It's yucky - don't want to touch it. Yeah, I'm a wimp. I know. :lol:
     
  8. MrMerlin777

    MrMerlin777 Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Indeed, it can do the same thing to one's arteries that it can do to one's plumming pipes clog them up.
     
  9. Rich Koster

    Rich Koster Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    If you are into canning, you can probably keep it for years without refrigeration. My aunt canned sausage and I know it was good for 2 years.
     
  10. JM

    JM Puritan Board Professor

    Thanks folks.

    Can you add new grease to older grease?
     
  11. Rich Koster

    Rich Koster Puritan Board Post-Graduate

    Yes for short term with no refrigeration or canning. I would keep it separate and date it. That way you would use the oldest first and insure rotation of stock.
     
  12. Ivan

    Ivan Pastor

    Yes.
     
  13. JM

    JM Puritan Board Professor

    Excellent, thank you.
     
  14. caddy

    caddy Puritan Board Senior

    It's better than Dapper Dan and Twice as good as FOP. It makes your hair shiny!
     
  15. Mindaboo

    Mindaboo Puritan Board Graduate

    We keep ours in a plastic container on the counter. I use it to fry eggs, potatos, and deer meat. It adds great flavor to your food.
     
  16. Jennie

    Jennie Puritan Board Freshman

    My mom (born 1912 in Tennessee) always poured the morning bacon grease into a glass jar, a Mason jar or a peanut butter jar. She kept it in the refrigerator and added each morning's grease. When she needed some for cooking, she just scrapped it off the top. In case you're looking for a great recipe, slice up 5 or 6 baby crook-necked squash, add finely minced onion and about a tablespoon of bacon grease, salt and pepper to taste, water to cover, and cook it in an iron skillet for about an hour. It's absolutely delicious!
     
  17. puritanpilgrim

    puritanpilgrim Puritan Board Junior

    I dump mine in the lawn.
     
  18. SolaScriptura

    SolaScriptura Puritanboard Softy

    We put bacon grease in a class jar and store it in the fridge. We just scoop out some whenever we want to fry some eggs or potatoes. ;)
     
  19. Quickened

    Quickened Puritan Board Senior

    I had to laugh because just the mention of bacon grease was making me hungry
     
  20. reformed trucker

    reformed trucker Puritan Board Sophomore

    Bacon flavored nightcrawlers... bet you have some fat robins! :smug:
     
  21. Quickened

    Quickened Puritan Board Senior

    :lol:
     
  22. kvanlaan

    kvanlaan Puritan Board Doctor

    Store it? How do you not use all you have? We normally use it within days of having produced it.

    In summer, it can turn on you. However, we've kept it a long time through winter sitting on the counter when we've had enough of a surplus not to use it within hours.

    I'm a huge fan of bacon drippings. Yum.
     
  23. Blue Tick

    Blue Tick Puritan Board Graduate

    I dump mine on my neighbor's lawn. :) Just kidding!


    Actually, the best way to store bacon fat is to place it in a plastic covered container and store it in the refrigerator. It should stay good for 4-6 months. After that I would disgard it. Room temperature food after 2 hours begins to grown bacteria.
     
  24. OPC'n

    OPC'n Puritan Board Doctor

    Yep, yep! That's what I do
     
  25. Grymir

    Grymir Puritan Board Graduate

    We just keep a plastic tupperware in the fridge and store it there. It will last about forever. Greese forms an airtight seal that will keep the air out. So go ahead. Save some bacon grease and enjoy using it. Much better than margerine or that fake I can't believe its some kind of chemical butter junk. That stuff has so many chemicals in it that they are a walking cancer trap. Go for the good stuff!!!!
     
  26. ewenlin

    ewenlin Puritan Board Junior

    Never heard bacon grease as the healthier choice! :p
     
  27. BobVigneault

    BobVigneault Bawberator Staff Member

  28. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    I intentionally buy fat bacon and fry up a batch once a week just for the grease. We keep it in a mason jar in the fridge. That is a concession to my wife. I had never seen anyone keep it anywhere but next to the stove until I got married. Growing up we had a can that matched my mother's canister set that had 'Bacon Grease' on the front. Under the lid was a removable strainer. I wish I could find one.
     
  29. BobVigneault

    BobVigneault Bawberator Staff Member

    There's a bunch around Lawrence. Saw an aluminum one on eBay but I don't trust aluminum around food. Filter Chef makes one and here's a nice stainless steel one.

    We use a pretty ceramic jar my wife picked up.
     
  30. LawrenceU

    LawrenceU Puritan Board Doctor

    Cool. Thanks.
     
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