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The Devil’s Pancakes

In Bacon Grease, Homemade on June 10, 2012 at 11:03 am

Cornmeal and whey pancake in my trusty cast iron skillet.

Coming up with a recipe for the best pancakes of your life isn’t necessarily a good thing.

Unfortunately, I realized this a little too late.

To resist the mighty temptation of pancakes every day, I’ve had to institute limits for myself.

You might want to think how you’ll  control yourself, if you’re going to read on and give these a try.

My favorite pancake recipe of all time is a fairly recent invention, inspired by a few of my other food-related passions–finding a use for leftovers, making my own cheese, and seeking out something more interesting than white flour for making bread stuff.

This latest concoction uses cornmeal and whole wheat flour, bacon drippings, and whey left from making goat cheese.

The result is a pancake so flavorful, so tender, you could skip the butter and maple syrup.

I don’t.  But you could.

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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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