So, you’ve cooked up some bacon and now you’re left with a jar of bacon grease sitting on the counter. What’s next? Before you even think about tossing it, let me tell you there’s a whole world of uses for that flavorful fat. From cooking hacks to surprising twists in your recipes, bacon grease can be your kitchen’s secret weapon. Here are some fun ways to use it beyond just frying eggs.

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Season Your Cast Iron Skillet

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If you’re any good at being a cast iron skillet owner, you know seasoning is a must after using it. Bacon grease is a game-changer for that. Its high smoking point and flavorful fat coat the skillet perfectly, creating a non-stick surface that adds a hint of bacony goodness to everything you cook.

Make Popcorn

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Movie night just got a whole lot more delicious by popping kernels in bacon grease instead of butter or oil. The grease adds a smoky, savory depth that transforms a simple snack into a gourmet experience.

Infuse Bourbon

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For a bold, innovative twist, infuse your bourbon with bacon grease. The process involves mixing warm bacon fat with bourbon, then chilling until the fat solidifies for removal. This technique imparts a smoky, umami-rich flavor to the bourbon. Any cocktail connoisseur will enjoy this use tremendously!

Make a Bacon Scented Candle

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A few years ago I dragged my husband to some ridiculous pop-up restaurant where the theme was a “no waste” dinner. As part of the experience, our unknowingly tallow candle ended up being poured on our main course. He hasn’t let me live down that experience since. While that would probably be delicious with a bacon candle, we’re not going to such extremes with this suggestion. Simply melt wax and mix in cooled bacon grease, then pour into a mold with a wick. As the candle burns, it releases a subtle, warm bacon fragrance that any bacon lover will be happy to have in their home.

Cook Up The Most Delicious Grilled Cheese

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Using bacon grease to pan fry your cheese sandwich adds an incredible layer of flavor that butter just can’t match. It crisps the bread to golden perfection while the savory, bacon-infused taste makes the classic grilled cheese irresistibly gourmet. This simple tweak takes comfort food to a whole new level.

As a Ham Hock Replacement for Seasoning Dry Beans

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In the absence of ham hocks, bacon grease offers a rich, smoky flavor as a fantastic alternative for seasoning dry beans. Add some bacon grease to the cooking water to easily impart that delicious smoky flavor into the beans.

Roast Vegetables In It

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Roasting vegetables in bacon grease transforms them with a delicious, smoky flavor that can’t be achieved with other oils. The grease adds a crispy texture to the outer layer while locking in moisture, making your veggies irresistibly tasty and satisfying.

As a Butter Substitute in Biscuits

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Since bacon grease solidifies when cold, use it as a substitute for butter in your biscuit recipes. The savory twist will leave everyone asking for more. The grease adds a rich, smoky flavor that complements the soft, flaky texture of the biscuits, creating a delightful contrast for breakfasts, brunches, or any meal.

Spread it on Toast

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Spread a thin layer of solidified bacon grease on your morning toast as a flavorful alternative to butter. This simple yet transformative use brings a smoky, savory note to your breakfast. It’s also a killer double dose of bacon on a BLT sandwich.

Make the Dog Some Treats

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Pamper your furry friend with homemade dog treats using bacon grease as a key ingredient. Combine it with dog-friendly ingredients like peanut butter and they’ll gobble it down. Everything in moderation though, dog’s shouldn’t be given a ton of extra fat or you may end up with a digestive dilemma on your hands.

Top 10 Most Common Food Safety Mistakes People Make At Home

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Navigating kitchen safety can sometimes feel like walking through a minefield of dos and don’ts. Let’s shed some light on the common food safety mistakes that sneak into our daily routines. By understanding and adjusting these small, often overlooked actions, we can significantly improve our food handling practices and keep our kitchens and families safe.

See Them Here: Top 10 Most Common Food Safety Mistakes People Make At Home

10 Best Frozen Veggies To Keep In Your Freezer At All Times For Easy Meals

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Keeping the right frozen veggies on hand is like having a secret weapon for easy meal prep. This list is a carefully selected lineup of the best frozen vegetables that promise to turn your everyday cooking into something effortlessly delicious. From the sweet char of fire roasted corn to the versatile goodness of chopped spinach, these freezer staples ensure you’re always ready to whip up something tasty.

See them here: 10 Best Frozen Veggies To Keep In Your Freezer At All Times For Easy Meals

The Top 10 Mercury-Heavy Fish and What to Have Instead

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Navigating the world of seafood can sometimes feel like sailing through murky waters, especially when it comes to mercury content. While fish is a fantastic source of protein and omega-3 fatty acids, certain types pack a punch with high levels of mercury, posing health risks. We’re shining a light on those fish and offering up a net-full of safer alternatives so you can make informed choices to enjoy seafood that’s not only tasty but also good for your health.

See them here: The Top 10 Mercury-Heavy Fish and What to Have Instead

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Gina Matsoukas is an AP syndicated writer. She is the founder, photographer and recipe developer of Running to the Kitchen — a food website focused on providing healthy, wholesome recipes using fresh and seasonal ingredients. Her work has been featured in numerous media outlets both digital and print, including MSN, Huffington post, Buzzfeed, Women’s Health and Food Network.

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