Bacon is the culinary craze. Everybody’s cooking it, everybody’s eating it–in ice cream, donuts, in chocolate, in cocktails. Bacon, bacon, bacon! And with that bacon comes a lot of grease, right? Here’s a easy way to deal with the grease after cooking up America’s favorite pork product.
Some people keep a grease can under their sink or even on the counter top where they empty drippings after frying. I’ve tried that before and found that pouring hot grease on top of cooled grease awakened the odors of the cooled grease and I didn’t like smelling last week’s fried catfish…again. Then, if any drips down the side, you’ve got grease on the cabinet surface & grease on the can. Now, some let bacon grease set up in the pan and then scrape it out with a spatula–that’s all good and well, but I’m all about cooking in one pan and I’m ready to cook the scrambled eggs in the same pan when the bacon’s done, so waiting is not an option. So all that said, here’s an easy and disposable way to pour off grease so that you can move forward with more cooking or cleaning it all up.
Take 2 layers of tin foil, stack them on top of each and create a little tray of sorts–making sure the sides are formed so no grease leaks out. To form sides, just fold over inward like you’re wrapping a gift. Pour the grease in the tray. When it solidifies or if you close it up real well, you can pop it into your freezer to reuse in soups, stews, vegetables, making a roux, etc.
Or you can just toss it once it hardens. You can also line a small container (like a glass ramekin or a little bowl) with tin foil, pour the grease in there and close the sides up around it to seal off. Either way you’re not pouring hot grease or any grease down the drain and risking a clogging problem or pouring hot grease in the trash (another no no!) and you can use it later in other dishes.
And if frying the bacon is your last step, you can clean the pan immediately and help get rid of the bacon smell. The longer bacon grease sits out, the longer your house smells like bacon. Contain it, clean the pan and the smell goes away quicker. Then sit down and enjoy your bacon with good ole scrambled eggs and toast….or on a stick 🙂