How to Save Bacon Grease & Why You Should – NSC Series

How to Save Bacon Grease & Why You Should

Bacon is one of the greatest foods you will ever eat (as I’m sure you already know). The warm, sizzling, crunchy or chewy, salty slices of meat can add delicious flavor to anything and I do mean anything – I’ve seen people eat bacon ice cream, doughnuts, cookies and more (though I don’t know that I would ever eat that). Anyway, eating this delicious food can actually save you money – what? All you have to do is learn how to save bacon grease – it’s that easy – and in this post I’ll tell you how to save it and why you should.

My wife and I often volunteer to work with a catering company (owned by a relative of a co-worker of mine). It works out really well for us, actually. We make $100 per event ($200 if we both go, which we always do) and the events usually last around 4 hours.

For the most part, we really enjoy it. It’s one of the highlights of our month when we get to go – and usually we have at least 1-3 events per month. The owner is a fun lady who we truly enjoy hanging out with, talking to, and learning from. She’s always excited to teach us new fancy recipes and ways to do things. We get to experience what that top 1% lives like in our community at houses that are sometimes worth well over 6 million dollars (houses we could never even dream of owning). Plus, we get to spend some time talking to people, networking, and getting out there instead of sitting at home and watching Netflix.

However, one of the best bonuses from this job is that we often get to take home leftover food. If you have ever cooked for an event of more than 50-100 people, you know that horrible sinking feeling you get when there isn’t enough food. There is possibly no worse feeling than being unsure as to whether everyone you are supposed to be feeding will be fed. Therefore, our catering boss always makes sure to have a TON of extra food on hand – which usually means TONS of leftovers.

Most events we will come home with bags filled with fresh veggies, delicious fruits, a little meat or bread, and some other goodies. While a lot of this gets eaten right away in our home, there are some tricks we use to stretch it out. And when we get bacon, we are more than happy to save the grease and use it over and over again.

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As some of you may know, we are in the midst of our first ever No Spend Challenge (NSC) which started January 1.

The short story is that my wife and I racked up a ton of debt (read how HERE) and want to pay it off as quickly as possible so that we can live our dream lives (read about our goals HERE). This challenge will help us learn about living frugal, saving money, and paying off our debt faster.

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How to Save Bacon Grease & Why You Should

So, you’re up on a Saturday morning, the rest of your family is still asleep, and you grab some ingredients to start a nice, hot, home cooked breakfast for them to wake up. The coffee is started and the house is filled with the scent of roasted beans. Toast is in the toaster, an egg bake in the oven, but most importantly, bacon is sizzling away in your frying pan. Sound like a good life? It certainly does to me.

As your family pads into the room and begins to munch, you realize the bucket of grease your frying pan has become and start looking for something to throw it away in – stop! Instead, find a container to store it in and learn how to save bacon grease – I promise, it’ll be worth your while.

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Why You Should Learn How to Save Bacon Grease

As we said, bacon is a very versatile food, but so is bacon grease. Bacon grease can add flavor to many different meals and can replace butter in most occasions. Now, I’m not saying that it is probably the healthiest thing and I certainly don’t think you should replace butter in every recipe with bacon grease. However, I do think that it can add a lot of flavor to a meal or be a tasty treat for those who want to save a few bucks on food!

What can you do with that bacon grease you saved? Well, I enjoy using it to sautee my favorite vegetables, create awesome fried rice, or even in place of butter in casseroles (I guess that would be “hot dishes” for you Minnesotans).

The thing is, in the world we live in and the state of the economy at the moment, food prices are sky-rocketing. The price of butter has soared from somewhere around $1 per package to over $3-4 now! While bacon grease won’t save you a ton, if you could save even one pack of butter you would be better off – and why not when you were going to throw it away anyway!

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How to Save Bacon Grease

You have decided that learning how to save bacon grease is worth your while, right? Because who doesn’t want a delicious, bacon-flavored assortment of sauteed veggies with their meal? I know I do! Now it’s time to actually learn how to save bacon grease – which is pretty easy, I might add.

The best way to save grease from bacon is to fry the bacon in a skillet rather than baking it (I know some people who bake it in the oven and, while delicious, makes it more difficult to save the grease). When the bacon is finished, remove it from the frying pan, turn off the heat, and let it sit. The best way to save it and ensure you get all the good parts is to let it sit until it becomes a solid (give it around two hours and it’ll get there). You’ll know it’s ready when it’s a grey-ish-white-ish color and cool to the touch (don’t touch hot grease to test it though).

Take a spatula and scrape the grease into a container – the best sorts of containers for this type of storage would be a peanut-butter jar, mason jar, or other tight, plastic or glass jar rather than a plastic bag or ziplock type container. This way it’s easy to access and will stay good for longer.

Bacon grease can sit on the counter for a few days safely, but in order to keep it at it’s best quality (and ensure no one gets sick) place the stored bacon grease in the fridge where it can last up to six months. Be sure to write a date on it so that you know when you need to start a fresh jar!

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How to Save Bacon Grease & Why You Should

My wife and I have been replacing butter with bacon grease for a few months now. Like I said, we don’t do this with every recipe, but there are certainly recipes that we can use that taste even better with bacon grease. One of my favorites is my friend’s Biscuits and Gravy Casserole. If you sign up for our exclusive e-newsletter, you’ll get that recipe today!

Now, it’s officially DAY 15 of our No Spend Challenge and all is still going well (I’ll give a full update on Sunday), but as for spending – still nothing! I’m surprised at how much we don’t feel like we are suffering because of our lack of funds.

Anyway, our quote for the day is by Francis Bacon.

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“To read without reflecting is like eating without digesting.” – Francis Bacon

Yes, I do think that this is a great quote, but yes, I did choose it because we’re talking about bacon today and well…. his name is Bacon! It really just fits.

So, lets unpack that a little bit: I appreciate all of you reading this blog, I really, really, honestly, and truly do. However, if you are reading it and not reflecting upon it, learning from, letting it guide and inspire your life, then you need to transition to doing so because that’s the goal here: to inspire, to assist you in reflecting, to help guide you.

What are your reflections on what you have read here at DIY Jahn?

Leave your response in the comments below!

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23 Replies to “How to Save Bacon Grease & Why You Should – NSC Series”

  1. I have never thought about saving the bacon grease + didn’t know you could use it in so many ways! Thanks for the tip, I think we’ll definitely be utilizing it in our household to add that extra bit of flavor in some meals!

    1. Wow! I’m kind of surprised your hubby doesn’t, but that definitely makes it harder – lol! I know that we only use bacon once every 1-2 months or so, but always have some grease in the fridge. SO if you can convince him to have it a little more, you may have enough stock! I sure do love me some bacon 😛 Thank you for your comment, Rhonda! Glad you liked the post!

  2. As a Southern girl all I gotta say to this is YESSSS. Lard is your best friend. But at the same time you definitely gotta be sure you want a distinct bacony hint to your food!

    1. lol! That’s for sure. you have to be ready for the bacon flavor, but if you are okay with that flavor, then it’s AWESOME. I’m not from the south, but I bet I would get along well down there. 😛 Thank you for your comment, Kaley!

  3. We love saving bacon grease. As you mention, it’s incredibly versatile. Great for cooking eggs in, and all the other things you mention. Here’s a tip for getting lots of grease while baking it in the oven (which lets you cook a lot more at once). Put a cookie rack on top of a sheet pan. Put all the bacon on top of the cookie rack. The grease drips down into the pan—you get a lot doing it this way!—and then you just remove the bacon and cookie rack and follow your directions above for letting the grease cool. Nomnomnom!

    1. We LOVE cooking our eggs in bacon grease – that’s perhaps one of the best recipes to utilize it in. 🙂 I love your tip for baking the bacon in the oven and getting the grease – I wasn’t sure how to do that at all, but I’m glad there’s a way! Thank you for sharing, Mortimer!

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