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    Bacon Grease Ideal for Frying?

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    I thought bacon grease was ideal for frying, since it's mostly saturated fat and its smoke point is high. But then I realized that it's not all saturated fat. For example, according to Nutritiondata.com, about 42% is saturated fat, 46% monounsaturated fat, and 12% polyunsaturated fat.

    Nutrition Facts and Analysis for Animal fat, bacon grease

    Is mono safe for frying at high heat -- especially since we frequently point to olive oil, which is MUFA rich, as having a low smoke point? How about the small portion (12%) of poly? I thought poly was actually very unstable for frying: isn't this the reason why you don't want to overfry fish or eat fish with sugar?

    I also fry with coconut oil, which seems to be very stable. (According to Jarrows, my coconut oil is 93% SaFa, and 4% each MUFA and PUFA.) I'm curious exactly how ideal bacon grease is for frying, relative to coconut oil, which has a smaller portion of unsaturated fatty acids.

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    Good question. I have a grease canister that I catch all my bacon grease, and other greases(hamburger, or whatever high fatmeat I am cooking) that I use to cook eggs in every morning. I like butter toobut I figure why waste this fat and useit first. Bacon grease really helps liver and onions BTW.

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    I think I saw somewhere that the order of preferred frying fats is coconut oil, olive oil, tallow, lard, then bacon grease.

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    Bacon grease is essentially tasty lard, lard being rendered pork fat. And it does have a fairly high smoke point and adds a bacon-y flavor, so avoid it if you don't want that bacon-y goodness. Use plain lard or tallow or coconut oil (which can be coconutty, of course). Virgin olive oil has a pretty low smoke point and is not for high heat use.
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    Quote Originally Posted by dkd2001 View Post
    Bacon grease is essentially tasty lard, lard being rendered pork fat. And it does have a fairly high smoke point and adds a bacon-y flavor, so avoid it if you don't want that bacon-y goodness. Use plain lard or tallow or coconut oil (which can be coconutty, of course). Virgin olive oil has a pretty low smoke point and is not for high heat use.
    What kind of oven temp is too high for olive oil do you reckon?
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    here u go

    Smoke Points of Various Fats - Kitchen Notes - Cooking For Engineers

    for me tho i never cook anything over med heat on any fat. i dont like to rush my cooking process
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    Quote Originally Posted by Chochobo View Post
    here u go

    Smoke Points of Various Fats - Kitchen Notes - Cooking For Engineers
    for me tho i never cook anything over med heat on any fat. i dont like to rush my cooking process
    Thanks. The coconut oil smoke point is confusing.
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