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Old 06-21-2006, 06:13 AM
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what can I use leftover bacon fat for?

and leftover fat from anything (chicken, sausages, hamburger -- its all spiced sometimes and I throw out about a bowl full a week??
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Old 06-21-2006, 06:39 AM
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I end up throwing some out too. I use the bacon grease to fry up lean meat. If I have to brown any lean meat, I will use a little of my bacon fat to get the browning process started. It can also be used as a flavoring in some dishes.
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Old 06-21-2006, 06:40 AM
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Pour off the fat when hot and get rid of the brown things on the bottom. Use the fat in that salad dressing for wilted salad. Keep it refrigerated.
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Old 06-21-2006, 07:02 AM
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My Dad use to love to pop popcorn in bacon grease. Gives the popcorn a different flavor.
His big treat was if he had goose grease to pop his corn in (?) --never quite got into that one myself.

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Old 06-22-2006, 10:06 AM
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thanks for the suggestions gals -- I've got some to use up in the fridge right now.
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Old 06-22-2006, 10:58 AM
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Bacon fat is also REALLY good mixed into sauerkraut. (I'm making me hungry here...)

AND for something truly delicious...

ONION & POTATO PIE
1 pie crust, for single-crust pie
1 medium potato, sliced thin
1 tablespoon olive oil
1/8 teaspoon salt
4 slices bacon
1 large onion, sliced
1 cup cheese, shredded (Swiss or Cheddar)

Prepare crust for single-crust pie. Do not pre-bake crust.

Toss potato with oil and salt. Arrange slices evenly over pie crust. Bake 20 minutes at 400.

Fry bacon and remove from pan. Saute onions in drippings. Break up bacon slices and fold in with onions.

Top potatoes with 1/2 the cheese. Add the bacon and onions. Top with remaining cheese.

Bake 15 to 20 minutes longer.
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Old 07-02-2006, 08:07 PM
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what can I use bacon fat for?

I'm actually a northern gal , but now live in the south. I think the southerners use bacon fat in just about everything LOL ! Any way ,here are some suggestions. I have always saved my bacon fat and keep it in the frig just as my Mom did. I add some when I cook canned spinach and in canned green beans along with a little dried diced onions. I think it adds a good flavor. Some people use it in their corn bread as part or all of the fat. Naturallly I cook my eggs for breakfast in it as well.( Just don't use too much in scrambled eggs or omlets. You don't want it to overwhelm the other flavors) Hope you enjoy trying some of these suggestions.
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Old 07-02-2006, 08:46 PM
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I don't mean to be a big downer here but the first thing that I thought of was that the best thing it is good for is clogging your arteries and causing heart attacks!!! Sometimes it is okay to throw things out when it does nothing but hurt our bodies. My husband had a heart attack last year, at the age of 33, so I look at things a little differently these days.
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Old 07-03-2006, 03:46 AM
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I look at bacon fat as any other fat except it does have those nitrates. Putting that aside I thought of Barbszy's pie and tried to think of how to reduce the fat content ala Weight Watchers. This is what I came up with. The changes are in italics. I have a feeling this is what is for dinner tonight!

ONION & POTATO PIE

Make a zucchini crust with bread crumbs and an egg and grated zucchini. Salt and squeeze dry the zucchini before adding the bread crumbs and egg.

1 medium potato, sliced thin, make sure to scrub the skins well and keep them on for the extra fiber

1 tablespoon olive oil

1/8 teaspoon salt, add some pepper to spice it up

4 slices bacon, use the center cut which has less fat or use canadian bacon and a bit of regular bacon fat (1 tsp) for flavor

1 large onion, sliced

1 cup cheese, shredded (Swiss or Cheddar), use one of the reduced fat ones, they are good too,even the new reduced fat Velveeta is good.

Prepare crust for single-crust pie. Do pre-bake crust for a few minutes until bits of brown show on the zucchini.

Toss potato with oil and salt. Arrange slices evenly over pie crust. Bake 20 minutes at 400.

Fry bacon and remove from pan. Saute onions in just 1 Tbsp of the drippings. Towel off the bacon and break up bacon slices and fold in with onions.

Top potatoes with 1/2 the cheese. Add the bacon and onions. Top with remaining cheese.

Bake further until all melted together.
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Old 07-03-2006, 04:17 AM
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my ex husband liked his mac and cheese (kraft of course) with bacon grease instead of the butter, just enough to flavor it, not equal to amount of butter.
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