How do you store bacon fat safely

Tips for disposing of bacon fat

Bacon is a fabulous food that virtually everyone but vegetarians loves. But when you cook it, unless you microwave it, the meat produces a lot of fat. While most people see a pan of bacon fat and see an oily confusion, the best chefs know that there is a world of culinary uses for this fat. Cooking with bacon fat is certainly not the healthiest option, but it sure does yummy.

Cooking with bacon fat

Bacon fat can be stored in the freezer for up to a month.

You can use it to make authentic gingersnap cookies or the classic southern recipe of beet greens with bacon drops. Or you can use it to make withered spinach salad which I think is delicious. Use it the next time you fry vegetables to give them a nice bacon flavor. Any recipe that requires lard or shortening can usually be replaced with bacon fat.

To store your bacon fat for cooking, it's best to put the oil in a sealable container like a plastic Tupperware or a recycled glass jar. Make sure you keep only the oil, no leftovers from breakfast; If you don't have a colander or cheesecloth lying around, try rinsing the oil with a paper towel. After straining, cover the container and store in the freezer. Not only will this keep the fat fresher, it will make it harder and easier to cook. Bacon fat will last over a month in the freezer. You can add new fat to your container every time you decide to fry some bacon.

This fat can go rancid over time, so always do a sniff test before using. If it has a rancid or bad smell, it is likely tainted.

Dispose of bacon fat

Bacon fat hardens when it cools. The easiest cleaning up is to let the grease harden and then tap it into the trash with a paper towel or rubber spatula.

If you don't want to wait for it to cool naturally, there is a quick cleanup method that you can try. Line a small cup with heavy-duty foil. Carefully pour the bacon fat into the cup while the fat is hot and place it in the freezer. When the bacon fat is frozen, you can save it for recipes or fry food with it. Or just throw it away by folding the foil around the solidified fat and throwing it in the trash.

Never pour hot bacon fat down the drain, even after you've disposed of garbage. When it cools down, it will harden and clog the pipes. Running water is not enough to remove this fat. Bacon, like fat from other animals, can also go rancid, which is not an odor you want your kitchen sink to emit. You should also never use any type of meat or meat products in compost, as the meat could contain pathogens that may not be hot enough to kill. Composting with meat can also attract predators, which can be a danger to young children and pets.