Fact: I love bacon.
Fact: I cook with bacon grease.
So, several years ago, when visiting Mama Train, I was impressed by a gadget I found in her kitchen. Now, even though Mama Train is a great cook, for the most part, I am the “chef” in this relationship. It’s usually me who is more savvy about cool kitchen gadgets. I even had to get her a food processor for her birthday one year so she could make a proper salsa. Can you believe she didn’t own a food processor? Scandalous.
However, I have learned several kitchen-y things through the years from Mama Train. She taught me that it’s okay to leave my butter out on the counter in a butter dish so that it’s always nice and soft. She taught me that you didn’t have to cook bacon in straight lines/strips in the pan. (Did you know you could just throw them all in there and mix them around? Revolutionary.) And, getting back to my point, she taught me about this little nifty kitchen gem: the grease container.
What is a grease container, you ask, and why would you want one?
Well, it’s this nifty container with a mesh lid…
After you fry your bacon, you pour it into the container, and the mesh strains all the little cooked bits of bacon from the hot grease:
You store the container in the back of the fridge, and after a while, it turns from liquid back to its solid state:
Look. At. That.
It may look a little gross, and fuzzy, since I shot it with my iPhone camera, but let me tell you, this stuff is golden.
It’s awesome for sautéing onions and garlic, or to add a little flavor to your scrambled eggs. It makes a great base for soups, and gives green beans that little extra “oomph.” Basically, you can cook with it as you would butter – but it’s flavored like bacon. You can also use it to season your cast iron. The possibilities are endless.
So there you have it. One of my little kitchen secrets. Bacon grease = Good. And I am ever-so-grateful that Mama Train taught me so.