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    For the last 4 times or so I cooked bacon I saved the grease and put it into a mason jar. My mother said she heard you're not supposed to reheat oils because they become toxic.

    Does this apply to bacon grease? I used some this morning for the first time to make an omlette (it was insanely delicious!! btw )

    If this is a safe practice, how long can you store bacon grease in the fridge?

    Thanks!

  • #2
    Bacon grease stores very well in the fridge for quite some time. I use mine for making primal mayo. I don't really have bacon all that often though. (a cardinal sin, I know)
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    • #3
      My first boyfriend's family would save bacon grease from each breakfast, un-refridgerated, for months. It never went bad. They were careful to strain it thought. I would imagine you could put it in the fridge if you were really concerned, but there are generations of Southern cooks who keep bacon grease by the stove with no problems.
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      • #4
        Bacon grease is kinda like honey: when stored properly (and to a large extent, improperly), it lasts forever. I've never heard of it being bad to reuse bacon grease, except from the anti-sat fat camp.
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        • #5
          Since it is a saturated fat, it's very stable. Now veggie oils OTOH.... those are rancid from the get go, most often.
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          • #6
            Wow. i just throw the stuff out. I guess I'll start saving it and using it now.
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            • #7
              Originally posted by AppalachianMatt View Post
              Wow. i just throw the stuff out. I guess I'll start saving it and using it now.
              LOL! I strain it through a paper towel into a jar.
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              • #8
                Cool! Thanks everyone!!

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                • #9
                  After I cook bacon I line a mason jar with a coffee filter and then strain the bacon grease through it. I have jars of bacon grease in my fridge that are approaching 1 yr old and taste/smell/look fine to me.

                  The stuff never goes bad...

                  edit: I just realized I have 4 jars of bacon grease why am I still saving this stuff?!

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                  • #10
                    I just eat it at the time....never seem to have any leftover to store! Am I cooking it wrong or something?
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                    • #11
                      Mine never lasts long enough... I tend to use it as fast as it accumlates!
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                      • #12
                        When growing up, my mom always had a Folger's coffee can (with its lid) next to the stove, where she'd put all the bacon fat. That can was left out like that my entire childhood. I lived.

                        (But I do refrigerate mine, in a glass jar.)

                        Also, from watching a lot of food porn (otherwise known as The Food Network), so many of the chefs say to cook your bacon in the oven, not on the stovetop. I have started doing this and LOVE it. Bacon has been perfect every time and cleanup is a breeze.
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                        • #13
                          Originally posted by Katt View Post
                          Mine never lasts long enough... I tend to use it as fast as it accumlates!
                          +1.
                          I usually use it the same day..... I think taco meat has never tasted better than being cooked in bacon fat.... OMG!

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                          • #14
                            Originally posted by PrincessGrok View Post
                            +1.
                            I usually use it the same day..... I think taco meat has never tasted better than being cooked in bacon fat.... OMG!
                            Ditto that for caramelized onions, burgers, eggs and, well, just about anything. I keep mine in a glass jar by the stove and my husband, a former fat-a-phobe, now seems to go through it faster than I do! He's lost 15 lb and put on some nice looking muscle doing PB so I guess you could call him a convert!
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                            • #15
                              Originally posted by lizch View Post
                              I just eat it at the time....never seem to have any leftover to store! Am I cooking it wrong or something?
                              You need to cook fattier bacon. ;-) I tend to look for the fattiest market style bacon. Despite eating a bunch of it, there is always plenty left over. I keep mine in a pint glass in the fridge.

                              I did finally find a use for my old vegetable oil. A little bit helps get the charcoal grill going faster!
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