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The Joy of Bacon Fat

26 February 2010 2,493 views Add a Comment

When I was a kid, my mom kept an aluminum canister at the back of the stove, full of bacon grease. I remember her pouring fat in after cooking bacon, and dipping into it when she need to fry eggs. I’m sure she did (and still does) quite a bit more with it, but as a kid I never really paid attention.

Bacon Fat

It was only recently that I began to wonder why I was pouring all of this wonderful fat into the trash after cooking bacon. So I’ve begun straining drippings into a jar and planning what I’ll do with it. Turns out there a quite a few options.

So far, I’m inclined to try frying chicken in it. I recently picked up Jeff Smith’s The Frugal Gourmet Cooks American where I found a simple recipe. Turns out James Beard’s father cooked chicken in bacon fat as well.

For all of you who might feel “guilty” about frying in bacon fat (guilty is out of bounds here, remember?), bacon fat is lower in saturated fats than butter (40% vs. 50%). So there.

Have you fried chicken with bacon fat?

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