10 Fantastic Uses for Bacon Grease
Storing Bacon Grease
After making bacon, you are left with a pan full of bacon grease. It would be a shame to trash it because there are so many wonderful things you can do with it. Instead, clean the bacon grease by covering a glass jar with a paper towel or paper coffee filter and pour the grease through it. Cover and store the grease in the refrigerator for up to six months.
1. Easy Bird Feeder
I made these when I was a kid. Gather some pinecones from outside and coat each pinecone with bacon grease. Cover the grease with birdseeds and hang the winter bird treats outside on trees where the birdies can get at them.
2. Waffles and Pancakes
Do you want incredibly delicious waffles and pancakes? Use bacon grease to give them a slight bacon flavor that goes so well with maple syrup. When you make waffles, grease your waffle iron with bacon grease before frying the waffles. For pancakes, replace the oil you normally use with bacon grease to fry up flavorful pancakes.
3. Doggie Treat
I am one of those people who does give her pets table scraps because my meals are all homemade and contain very little, if any, salt. All of my pets have exceeded their average lifespan and, with that said, let’s get back to bacon grease. If you haven’t guessed it already, dogs love, love, love bacon. To brighten up their day and their dry food, drizzle a bit of bacon fat onto their food. Back when I was a teenager, my family would give the huskies leftover meats and fats during the winter months. A little bit of extra fat in their diet make their coats healthy and shiny.
4. Remove Splinters
If you get a deep splinter in your finger and there is no way to get it out except by digging into the skin, try this trick. Rub the area with some bacon grease and then cover it with an adhesive bandage. Leave it on for a few hours or overnight. Then, remove the bandage and the splinter should have worked itself to the surface, making it easier to pull it out.
When was the last time you made homemade popcorn in a pan? If you are going to eat popcorn, this is the only way to do it because microwave popcorn shouldn’t even be considered a food. When you go to pop popcorn, fill the pan with bacon grease instead of canola oil. Your popcorn will have a slight bacon flavor. Top it with salt and butter and you will have a snack worthy of eating.
6. Squeaky Door Hinges
I can never find that little can of oil whenever I need it for a squeaky door hinge, but I know right where the bacon grease is stored. Put a dab of bacon grease on a rag or paper towel and rub it over the squeaky hinge. Move the door back and forth a few times and the squeak is gone, but the cats and dog will be sniffing up the area for the rest of the day.
I have been writing about bread baking on About.com since 2008. One of my favorite uses for bacon fat is using the fat to replace the butter or shortening in yeast bread recipes. While it has never overpowered the flavor of the bread, it does give a light flavor to the bread that makes it perfect for making toast, french toast, and sandwiches.
8. Bacon Soap
It is true. You can use bacon fat to make an unusual hand soap. While I have used lard and tallow for soap making, I must admit that I have never tried rendering my bacon fat for soaps. This is probably because I use the grease in so much of my cooking that there is never enough for soap making. If you are interested in trying bacon grease in soap making, search the internet for detailed instructions, especially on the use of lye, and get back to me on how it goes.
When I used to eat eggs, I would scramble the eggs in the bacon fat as a quick use solution to the grease. You can also use the bacon grease stored in the refrigerator to make over easy eggs, sunny side up eggs, and use the grease when frying up hamburgers. Anything that tastes delicious with bacon, such as potatoes, can be fried up in bacon grease.
10. Bonfire Starter
Bonfires are a big thing around my area. People throw bonfire parties throughout all the seasons of the year as an excuse to get together and hang out, and bacon grease can be used to make great bonfire starters. Simply crumble up a sheet of newspaper and stick it in a paper cup. Drizzle bacon fat into the cup and onto the paper. Put the cups in the refrigerator to prevent spoiling and take them out when you need to start your next bonfire. Tuck the cups into strategies spots under the bonfire wood and light them up.
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