Growing up, my mom would keep a jar of bacon grease on the countertop. She would use it to cook eggs in the morning instead of butter, as well as some other meals. I never thought too much of it, until recently. I thought how safe was that? Well, turns out, it does tend to last. Bacon grease when strained, lasts for 6 months in the pantry (kind of like Crisco) or for 1 year in the fridge. Hearing that, I’ve recently started using it more for some meals, in moderation. Give it a try in a marinara to add a little kick, or add it when you cook your next batch of kale. A little goes a long way!
- 8 oz Bacon About half a pack
- Add bacon to your pan (or griddle) and turn heat to medium. Cook for 4 minutes.
- Flip bacon and continue to cook, flipping every 2 minutes for an additional 10 minutes.
- Remove bacon to a paper towel lined plate, then eat or save for later.
- Then to preserve the bacon grease, place a fine mesh strainer over a glass container.
- Pour the drippings through the strainer to remove all the burnt pieces of bacon.
- Place an airtight top on the jar and store in the pantry or fridge.