Growing up in my house, bacon fat was practically the Salve of the kitchen. My mother, aunts, older cousins and grandmothers down the line all used bacon fat for everything. I do mean everything.
For example, whenever it came to Sunday dinner ideas, mom would always make sure there was a can of bacon grease either in the oven or the fridge (if planning to keep for longer than a day or two), when it came time to make her famous stewed collard greens. But don’t think for a mere second that soul food is the only medium in which this glorious grease is used. Here’s my comprehensive list:
- Own a dog? Or two? Or more? Drizzle a tablespoon or two over every cup and a half of dry food to jazz up the flavor, keep their coats shiny and help with digestion.
- When cooking fresh snap peas, procure about a third of a cup grease per pound of beans for a savory and down-home addition to your veggies.
- One recipe I was told, by a friend, called for bacon grease in lieu of vegetable oil when making stove top popcorn. Not very forgiving on the arteries, but it sounds delicious.
- When baking certain breads, including (and especially) cornbreads, use some leftover grease to lubricate a skillet or baking pan before adding a mixture. Another idea would be to use some of the grease as a basting agent when you’re looking for a crispy crust.
- Anyone who’s familiar with the lost art of the meat waffle will be excited to know that you can add grease in place of melted butter to that or even a batch of flapjacks.
No matter how you decide to use it, bacon fat is a wondrous product that can go a long way beyond the breakfast table. If you have any other applications that I may have failed to mention be sure to drop me a line at Brian@Home-Ec101.com or in the comments section.