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1001 Uses for Bacon Fat

In Bacon Grease, Homemade on May 30, 2011 at 12:37 pm
chilled and shaped

Bacon drippings, shaped and chilled

Some late night experiences leave you with regrets.  And some, it seems, leave you with an abundance of bacon drippings.  A friend and I have taken up the habit of making a bacon snack around midnight.

Caw Caw Creek bacon

Good bacon, good bacon fat

We have a fondness for bacon from Caw Caw Creek.  And every bit as good as the bacon is the fat that’s rendered when we cook it.

For a while now, I’ve been experimenting with ways to use all those tasty bacon drippings–something beyond the way my mother uses them to season vegetables and for pan frying.  When we were kids, my sisters used bacon drippings instead of Hawaiian Tropic at the beach one day.  As people walked by, they’d say things like, “Does it smell like breakfast out here to you?”  In more recent times, I’ve saturated newspaper with bacon grease and used it to start my charcoal grill.

But I knew that was a waste of awesome flavor, so I started to wonder how I might use bacon grease for deep frying or in baked goods in place of lard.

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