by Texas Homesteader ~
We don’t eat lots of bacon here at the Homestead. Oh yeah don’t get me wrong, we LOVE bacon and we enjoy it from time to time, but it’s not often included in our limited budget.
Lucky for us those two families who DO enjoy bacon often have agreed to save the resulting bacon grease from their breakfast delight for me. (Thank you, and YOU know who you are!) You might wonder why in the world I would want the less-fun part of the bacon… the grease?
Well here are 4 very important ways I’m able to use that breakfast byproduct to add a mighty punch of flavor and save money in my own kitchen too.
Maintain My Cast Iron Cook Ware
Anyone who owns cast iron cookware knows it needs to be seasoned first and then treated regularly with some sort of oil. Doing so keeps that valuable surface seasoned with its amazing non-stick quality.
Back in ‘the day’ I just used purchased shortening. But now I have a (free) readily-available supply of bacon grease to keep that cast-iron cookware wonderfully seasoned & non-stick.
Greased Surface For Cooking
Speaking of making Homemade Pancakes, instead of putting a pat of (purchased) butter on my griddle when I cook them, I use a light coating of bacon grease.
Oh, and I’m always cooking a bunch of chopped onions/peppers on that cast-iron griddle too.
Oh yeah and remember, it’s FREE!
Ingredient in Homemade Bread
I’ve attempted (and FAILED) to make delicious homemade sandwich bread for years. But EUREKA I’ve finally succeeded
The secret? My beloved KitchenAid to keep me from adding too much flour to keep it from sticking to my hands for one.
Oh, and my dad gifted me his counter-top bread maker too. Although I used to hate those things, I love this one and it helps me to make Honey Oatmeal Sandwich Bread anytime RancherMan wants. I’m making bread a few times each week now!
And the flavor of my breads has been perfected by adding… you guessed it – BACON GREASE!
The recipe needed an oil/fat ingredient anyway whether butter, shortening or lard. So I decided to use the bacon grease I already have to keep the cost low while still adding a bit of extra flavor.
FINALLY I’ve achieve breadmaking success – RancherMan loves my bread now!
Ingredient in Homemade Biscuits
Along those lines I’ve also attempted and failed to make delicious biscuits from scratch for years. They were always too heavy, too dry and, well, flavorless!
Since bacon grease worked in my homemade bread I decided to try again with my biscuits and ya know what? SUCCESS!
Now each time I make my homemade biscuits I use that free bacon grease for flavor and moisture.
My biscuits are delicious and much requested by RancherMan now!
And here’s your bonus 5th way to reuse that bacon grease. BACONNAISE, baby!!
It’s made the same as regular mayonnaise but bacon grease is substituted for a portion of the other oil used.
All Things In Moderation
So there are 4 easy ways I’m able to use that bacon grease that’s been saved for me.
Now I realize that as with salt, sugar and fats – you can overdo things. We don’t necessarily use bacon grease every day. But it’s been a budget saver in my kitchen for these purposes.
And it’s added much flavor to everyday staple foods too.
I figure that if I looked at the ingredient list of commercial biscuits or bread that I’d have much more to fear than a little bacon grease in my own homemade versions. That makes it a win in my book!
Other Kitchen Homestead Hacks
- Paper Napkins In A Paperless Kitchen
- Easy Reminder For Kitchen Stove
- Make Your Slow Cooker More Efficient
- No Cooking Fat Down The Drain
- Labeling A Glass Jar
- Cleaning A Narrow-Neck Jar
- Keep That Broccoli Fresh
- Don’t Waste Onion Trimmings
- Heat-Free Way to Peel Tomatoes
- Cleaner Vegetable Chopping
- Quick Baking Measurement Reminder System
- Easily Separating Cream From Milk
- Using Frozen Water Bottles In The Kitchen
- Don’t Waste It – Free Vegetable Broth
- Easier Deviled Eggs – No Mess!
- MYO Crispy Taco Shells CHEAP
- Tame Kitchen Appliance Cords
- Save Your Fingernails When Cleaning
- Expand Your Muffin Tin Capacity With Canning-Jar Rings
- Use ALL Of Your Spray Cleaner
- Quick Coffee Stain Cleaning
- Repurposing Mesh Bags For Scrubbers
- Cute Windowsill Container For Herb Cuttings
- Less Mess When Measuring Honey
- How To Tell If Your Baking Powder Is Still Good
- Easily Opening Those Stubborn Jars
- Instant Pot Boiled Eggs WITHOUT The Shells
- Saute & Freeze Onions For Kitchen Convenience
- Roasting Peppers Quickly On Gas Stove Top
- …and many MORE!
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