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Old 07-18-2003, 11:44 AM   #1
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Bacon Grease - How long does it keep?

I hate to waste the bacon drippings from the weekend (when I have time to cook it). I would like to cool and store in a sealed container in fridge for cooking eggs the following week. Will bacon grease keep for a week if refrigerated? Will it keep better if I filter it through a coffee filter?

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Old 07-18-2003, 11:49 AM   #2
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I filter it just for looks, but the bits will sink to the bottom on their own and you can skim the grease off the top
It stays good a long time in the fridge...months even!
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Old 07-18-2003, 11:49 AM   #3
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Hi there,
I keep my grease in the fridge for about one week.I also filter it because I don't like the crumbs in it.
I also save grease from Chicken.
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Old 07-18-2003, 11:50 AM   #4
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I have a tuperware of bacon greese must be about 2 months old and I use it...no adverse affects. I think I would dispose of it after 3 months (if in fridge)
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It would be ok for 5 days. Cool it, in a small, shallow container. Wrap tightly and refrigerate. I don't think you would have to strain it.

PS--I'm a certified food safety manager, so I would trust me lol.
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It stays good a long time in the fridge...months even!

You can freeze it.
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People keep bacon grease ? Wouldn't it be pretty salty and full of nitrates ?
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People keep bacon grease ? Wouldn't it be pretty salty and full of nitrates ?
LOL! You've obviously never had eggs, veggies, or anything else cooked in bacon grease! Yummy!!!!
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Old 07-18-2003, 01:22 PM   #9
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I'm from NC originally, and all of my older relatives kept a coffee mug in the refrigerator with leftover bacon grease in it. Forever.

Use a little for seasoning vegetables, and fill it back up with new grease next time you cook bacon. The layers of grease in those coffee mugs probably were older than me, and they did occasionally use more than half of the mug at one time - none of us ever got sick from eating decades-old bacon grease. I'd say keep it in the fridge as long as you feel comfortable with it, then dump it and start a new jar/mug. Months would be fine.

My grandmother's old set of metal canisters (flour, sugar, tea, coffee) also had a matching GREASE container - try to find that in Wal Mart these days!

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Thanks all! Next Monday breakfast will be tasty! I was getting sort of tired of butter.

I cook bacon low and slow anway to avoid carcinogens from nitrates and high heat. The sodium part does not bother me weight wise and the qty of drippings to fry 3 eggs will be pretty small.
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It's funny about food safety..my grandmother had a grease tin on the stove with bacon grease in it(had a little strainer built in!)and she never refrigerated it
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My Grandma, too, Dottie!! LOL. She also would keep her soup on the counter - just reheat and eat. I'm still alive to tell it!
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My older relatives do that too - soup, cooked meats, casseroles would just sit out all day, sometimes longer. I did avoid things like that, but none of them ever got sick. My great-aunts grew up in a rural area without refrigeration or even much access to ice, so I have always thought maybe they just have stronger constitutions from eating that way as children.

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PS I hesitate to mention this since most of us don't eat popcorn, but for those who can handle it in small amounts, it's fantastic popped on the stove in half butter/half bacon grease, instead of oil.
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I keep it in the fridge FOREVER!! I have 3 containers, that I use for that, I just rotate them, so I use the oldest first.

I'm from the south, all my aunts, my mom etc.. kept it on the stove forever. I can't make myself do that, but i cook A LOT of stuff with it!
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I agree with forever in the refrigerator. When I have a total clean out of the refrigerator, you know when one notices green things in containers and you know it's time to really clean, I find bacon grease in cups or maybe tupperware or whatever.
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ohh great topic

I haven't cooked bacon in forever so i'm out of grease. i loved cooking with bacon grease. i just got some bacon so i'll be saving that grease. ok someone said they save chicken grease too. I've never heard of that hmm might be interesting different container, right? what about beef grease can we save that too? i mean isn't that what lard is?
I've just started to try once a month cooking. five pounds of ground beef make a LOT of grease. Please don't shoot me but i've always just washed it down the drain with hot water. well i guess i didn't run the hot water long enough because later when i was running the dishwasher i had bits of greasy green peppers wahs up from my disposale into my back shower ewwwww
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Old 07-19-2003, 06:03 PM   #17
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Old 07-20-2003, 02:25 AM   #18
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lil_joy - Lard is derived from pork, not beef. However, beef grease tends to have a bit more water in it for some reason. I find that I don't enjoy the taste - it seems to have a heavier flavor than pork fat and chicken fat. But that is definitely an individual thing. I've also noticed that beef fat tends to get a bit grittier when refrigerated. ? I say, go ahead and try it - you just may like it.
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I've been keeping mine in a container in the freezer. Some of it has been in there for several months. I wonder if it's still good?
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Lard = pork fat
Tallow = beef fat
Schmaltz = chicken fat
Bacon grease = bacon fat!

All are good. I like bacon grease and lard the best.

I think bacon grease is probably good for forever plus one day. I keep it in a Mason jar with a lid on it in the fridge. I use up MOST of the first jar, then start a new jar the next time I cook bacon, just to keep them rotating and not pour new grease on top of old grease.
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I keep bacon grease in the fridge for months. I use it all the time. I have two jars and use one while I fill the other. When the first is gone, I start using the second one and filling the first. Works great.

I brushed bacon grease on my turkey thighs the other day that I roasted in the oven (had to make gravy for work luncheon). OMG wonderful.

I also used bacon grease to make the roux for my gravy too. Best ever.

bacon grease is also great over steamed broccoli instead of butter.
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Old 11-19-2010, 07:14 PM   #22
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I have a guilty pleasure

Breakfast:
Fried bacon and eggs.
4 oz. Mexican hominy (4 carbs) fried
in the bacon grease...OMG
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Old 11-20-2010, 07:19 AM   #23
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I buy the bulk bacon ends & pieces, mainly for bacon grease. I couldn't imagine throwing it out. I usually cook up 10# of chicken quarters & save the pan drippings. I freeze it & it separates the fat from the juices. I use these fats for cooking also when I don't specifically want the bacon taste.
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Old 11-21-2010, 07:37 AM   #24
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I just made LC corn bread yesterday using the bacon grease that I have had sitting out for....E GADS...months! I always look and smell before I use it in case some water has gotten in and contaminated it.
If it were kept refrigerated it should keep practically forever unless it takes on that old refrigerator taste things get after sitting for long periods. However, it one uses and replaces regularly, that shouldn't be an issue.
Old timers still leave butter out on the counter. I don't do that.
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I keep butter on the counter and I keep a coffee mug of bacon grease in the fridge. I figure every 6 months or so I replace the mug and start a new one.

Don't be so afraid, "food safety experts" probably have bad bowels, allergies, asthma, all that... We need some bacteria, something they don't seem to realize.
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