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Old 04-13-2008, 08:41 AM   #1
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Bacon grease left out overnight...

Is it still alright to use? I took my container of bacon grease out of the fridge last night and added to it but then it got left out. Should I throw it all away or is it still okay to use? It doesn't have a smell but I know that people say it can go rancid pretty quickly.

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Old 04-13-2008, 08:51 AM   #2
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Bacon grease is pretty shelf stable. It should be all right.
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Anyone remember those aluminum grease cans with the strainer on top that people used back in the 50's? They stayed out on the stove all the time and no one even had air-conditioning! Also, lard isn't refrigerated whether it's processed or fresh and sitting out at the butcher shops in Mexico so I bet Soobee is right. Eggs aren't refrigerated anywhere but the USA. Most countries don't have refrigerators large enough to accomodate all the things folks in the US think have to be refrigerated. I noticed mustard says to refrigerate after opening...we never used to do that. Whoops - didn't mean to go off on a tangent! Long way of saying I'd use it without worrying.
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Anyone remember those aluminum grease cans with the strainer on top that people used back in the 50's? They stayed out on the stove all the time and no one even had air-conditioning! Also, lard isn't refrigerated whether it's processed or fresh and sitting out at the butcher shops in Mexico so I bet Soobee is right. Eggs aren't refrigerated anywhere but the USA. Most countries don't have refrigerators large enough to accomodate all the things folks in the US think have to be refrigerated. I noticed mustard says to refrigerate after opening...we never used to do that. Whoops - didn't mean to go off on a tangent! Long way of saying I'd use it without worrying.
OMG!!

My great-aunt who raised me had one of those cans, and I was going to post and talk about it and say "I think the grease will be fine, people didn't use to refrigerate it at all" - but, I stopped myself... I was afraid it would seem gross.

I'm so glad you posted, great nostalgia!

So, yes - I'm pretty sure the grease will be ok, because I grew up eating all sorts of things cooked with bacon grease that never saw the inside of a fridge
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I grew up with a mom who prized the flavor that bacon grease imparted to different dishes.

Boy do I remember the aluminum can with the strainer. Not only that but she used to keep the grease in her cast iron skillet in the oven when she wasn't using it to fry with. She never put the grease into the refrig and she was a Terrific southern cook.

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I grew up with a mom who prized the flavor that bacon grease imparted to different dishes.

Boy do I remember the aluminum can with the strainer. Not only that but she used to keep the grease in her cast iron skillet in the oven when she was using it to fry with. She never put it into the refrig and she was a Terrific southern cook.
That's a fantastic way to keep your cast iron perfectly seasoned, too.

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I noticed mustard says to refrigerate after opening...we never used to do that.
You didn't use to have to refrigerate ketchup either and now the label says to. Of course restaurants keep the ketchup bottle on the table at room temperature all day, don't they?
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Old 04-13-2008, 12:23 PM   #8
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thank you for posting this. I always wondered how long I could keep it.
I love cooking green beans in it
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Another voice of someone who grew up eating bacon grease that was never refrigerated. Yes, my mother had the aluminum grease container and none of us died because of it! Your grease is fine.
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Thanks for all the replies! I feel much better now and I definitely didn't want to waste all that bacon grease!
I usually don't get too worried about food stuff like that but there is something about fat and oil storage that always makes me doubt what I think I know.
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Just one more thought on the bacon grease

Yep, mama was from the deep south. We always had a can of bacon
grease on the stove. No one died or got sick. We cooked with cast iron skillets and big dutch ovens. As someone said, our skillets were seasoned
and we loved those green beans in bacon fat, and also those fried
okra. Don't fear dear.

Oh BTW during WW2 everyone saved their fat to donate to the war
effort. I have a little container for my bacon fat. It get's used up quickly around here.
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I still keep mine out on the counter. It never goes bad. But then again I am not afraid of raw eggs either.
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I'd completely forgotten about the grease can on the stove! We're showing our age!!
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We used to have an old coffee can. Always sat out, never got sick!

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Coffee can here. Always sat out by the stove and we all lived to tell the tale.
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Oh cool! I didn't know people did this. What is bacon grease usually used for? I would like to try it.
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Bacon Grease can is now a pretty jar!

I too remember that can on the stove. I have a white cermaic one that is exactly like the aluminum one my Mom had. It even has a cermaic strainer. So I leave mine out on top of the stove also. I got it from Williams & Sonoya. In fact I had green beans yesterday with some of the bacon grease in them, they were wonderful!
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Oh cool! I didn't know people did this. What is bacon grease usually used for? I would like to try it.
Bacon grease is awesome as a replacement for butter or oil in a lot of things. I like to saute my cabbage in bacon grease, fry eggs in it, it's great for green beans...lots of stuff.
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Thanks for the heads up, Judi. I'll be looking for one of those. I always keep an eye out in antique stores for one of the aluminum ones but they usually look pretty beat up - guess that was a hard life sittin' there on the stove!
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In my house we only got bacon on the weekends. (40's & 50's).
The grease went into a small glass pyrex dish on the stove.

It was a treat.
The other five days we got Corn Flakes or Shredded Wheat.

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