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  • How long can you keep reserved bacon fat in the fridge?

    Oh lawd, never thought I'd be asking this question!
    I made a batch of bacon last sunday, and still have some....I used some the other night to sautee brussel sprouts with onions..YUMMY!

    Just wondering if it will keep another week? Still new to all of this..

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    Keep it in the fridge and it'll last forever and ever. Not really, but I used bacon grease for several months and it never changed smell or anything. I periodically topped off the top with fresh grease though, so maybe I just kept the rancid stuff out of reach on the bottom =P I threw it out because I wanted to use a different jar and was a little worried about how long I'd kept it. You'll be fine for a couple of weeks at least!

    Just give it a whiff and keep it closed, it should keep the same smell for as long as it's good.
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    • #3
      Originally posted by namelesswonder View Post
      Keep it in the fridge and it'll last forever and ever. Not really, but I used bacon grease for several months and it never changed smell or anything. I periodically topped off the top with fresh grease though, so maybe I just kept the rancid stuff out of reach on the bottom =P I threw it out because I wanted to use a different jar and was a little worried about how long I'd kept it. You'll be fine for a couple of weeks at least!

      Just give it a whiff and keep it closed, it should keep the same smell for as long as it's good.
      Great! Thank you .

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      • #4
        So long as it's in the fridge, it should be fine for MONTHS.
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        • #5
          My mother used to keep the bacon fat canister on the countertop. As far as I know she never threw it out so that fat stayed on the counter continuously for YEARS! And no illnesses in our family? Maybe it was the bacon fat that kept us so well preserved?!

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          • #6
            Fridge, lol. I've never put mine in the fridge. Keep it in a Mason jar in the pantry. Don't know how long it stays good for (I use it too quickly). But, my guess is 6+ months (or longer).
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            • #7
              I keep mine sitting on the counter in a mason jar. Ive never had any go bad but then again I use it pretty often in cooking and making bacon flavored dog treats
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              • #8
                I'm a little jealous of y'all who have enough to keep it in a Mason jar. I reserve the fat from 20 oz of bacon, and that fills an 1/2 cup bowl, with some leftover for scrambled eggs. Then I use that for the next couple days for whatever needs it, until I run out and I make more bacon. It never goes into the fridge. I do have a tub of lard that's in the fridge, just because I don't use it quite as fast, since I always have bacon grease, and who doesn't like that extra bacony flavor when it's available? As long as it's cool enough for the grease to be sorta solid, you'll be fine in or out of the fridge. If it gets hot in your kitchen and the grease is runny, you should move it to the fridge.

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                • #9
                  Huh, I never realized you could keep it at room temperature. Mine is in the fridge. I never throw it away, just use it and add to it.

                  And not having enough ... I didn't know that was possible!! We make bacon (or hog jowls) every weekend and 1 lb of it gives us a LOT of leftover fat. I think I get more fat off the stuff from my local farmer than the grocery store, but this stuff is uncured and from pastured pigs so I feel a lot better eating it.

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                  • #10
                    I've had mine in the fridge for years....still works for me.

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                    • #11
                      It always smells funky to me if I leave it out, but it's soft enough even after refrigeration.

                      I just top off my container every time I make bacon, usually gets me 1/2-1" of grease in an 8" mason jar.
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                      • #12
                        I was wondering if I could top it off, thanks guys! I use a glass bowl, but the Mason jar sounds like a better idea, I can save more

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                        • #13
                          My Mother never put hers in the fridge so I have never even considered it. I just keep adding to it/using it and have been for the past 6 months, no issues.

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                          • #14
                            What is this leftover fat you speak of? I never have any left. I cook my bacon, then drop 4 eggs into the fat and cook them in it. when I'm done the pan wipes clean.

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                            • #15
                              My mother used to have a special glass container and lid that she used for bacon fat. I wish she/I still had it! It was pretty white milk glass with blue flowers and a clear glass lid. She would wash it only on the rare occasion it was empty but there was a constant rotation of the drippings for years on end.
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