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Old 02-21-2010, 12:40 AM   #1
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Default Bacon grease - shelf life?

...or rather, back-of-stove life?

I have a glass jar on the back of the stove that we drain bacon grease into. We use the fat later for frying and seasoning food. I started doing this last year. Grandma used to save bacon fat, but I don't recall if there was a 'use by' sort of date...we seem to scoop out the top 1/2 inch pretty frequently, but the stuff at the bottom is months old (maybe more than that, lol).

Anyone know if bacon grease goes off / gets dangerous at any point?

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I do it the way my gramma done it ...... she was 101 when she passed over. Once a year (spring) she would clean her 'grease jar'. So I do as she did.

I'm sure the gobberment will tell you not to use it at all. (It's bad for you )

I have a good 'LOL' when I remember a doctor visit which they told my grams to give up some of her 'fat foods' - she told him that once he got to be 95 then he could tell her what to eat!



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Once a year (spring) she would clean her 'grease jar'. So I do as she did.
WOW. Never would have thought it could set out that long. Thanks.
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WOW. Never would have thought it could set out that long. Thanks.
Keep in mind ... grams used her grease jar a lot!
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Perfect, thanks! I thought 'months' was probably okay, but I wasn't sure about 'years'. Come springtime, I'll clean out the grease jar

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I has my bacon jar on the stove now. I,ll clean it come spring just like my maw and paw use to do. My sister hate's any fat period, in any thing but she eats all that diet healthy crap. She keep's headaches and feels like crap 24-7. My grease sopping granny lived to 84 and grandpaw lived to 87. My point being if i make it to my mid eighties i,am fine with it.

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I'm surprised it can sit out at all beyond a couple of days! I would think it would go rancid! I have kept bacon grease in the fridge for awhile, but even then, if it gets to the point I can't remember the date I put it in, I get rid of it. I'm probably too cautious.


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I'm surprised it can sit out at all beyond a couple of days! I would think it would go rancid! I have kept bacon grease in the fridge for awhile, but even then, if it gets to the point I can't remember the date I put it in, I get rid of it. I'm probably too cautious.
I used some today from the jar (mmmm refried beans ). Tastes fine. Mind you, we only put bacon grease in, not any other grease / drippings, so it's also pretty salty, which probably helps. I'm sure the jar has been sitting on the counter / back of the stove for more than 6 months. It used to be a common practice, at least in rural Prairie areas.
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I'm surprised it can sit out at all beyond a couple of days! I would think it would go rancid! I have kept bacon grease in the fridge for awhile, but even then, if it gets to the point I can't remember the date I put it in, I get rid of it. I'm probably too cautious.
Maybe or maybe not ... like I said my grams "used" her grease jar 'each and every day'. I think that makes the difference. Now if I used my grease jar once in a blue moon ... I would think along a differnt line. But that is just me thinking ... LOL ...
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Bacon grease | Serious Eats : Talk : Cooking and Baking

The comments on this site have some great ways to use bacon grease in everyday cooking. Sounds like some of them really know their bacon! My favorite comment: Call it "exra virgin bacon oil". You'll feel better.

We strain and keep our grease in a glass jar in the fridge. When I get the notion, we make suet cakes for the birds out of whatever we haven't used and start over with a clean jar.


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