If you’re like most people, you probably pour your bacon grease down the drain without giving it a second thought. Unless you are from the south, of course!
I don’t know if it’s just my family, but we keep our bacon grease in a mason jar in the fridge and use it regularly for tons of different things!
So what if we told you that bacon grease is actually a versatile and practical ingredient that can be used in all sorts of different ways? Let’s get into it!
Top 7 favorite ways to use bacon grease
As a flavoring agent
Bacon grease can be used to add flavor to all sorts of dishes, from scrambled eggs to roasted vegetables. Just remember that a little goes a long way—you don’t want your food to taste greasy!
To season your cast iron skillet
If you have a cast iron skillet, then you know that it needs to be seasoned regularly to prevent rusting and sticking. Seasoning your skillet is easy to do with bacon grease.
Just pour a generous amount of grease into your skillet and spread it around with a paper towel. Then, place your skillet in a cold oven and bake at 400 degrees for an hour. Let the skillet cool completely before using it or storing it.
To make homemade soap
Believe it or not, you can use bacon grease to make homemade soap! This soap is perfect for those who love the smell of bacon but don’t want to actually use bits of bacon in their soap (like this one).
To make bacon soap, you will need 1 cup of bacon grease, 2 cups of lye, and 6 cups of water. Combine the lye and water in a well-ventilated area and let it cool. Once the mixture has cooled, add the bacon grease and stir until combined. Pour the mixture into molds and let set for 24 hours before using.
As a lube
Yes, you read that correctly. Bacon grease can be used as a lubricant for everything from squeaky door hinges to sticky zippers. Just apply a small amount to the desired area and voila!
As a leather conditioner
Leather goods need to be conditioned every so often to keep them from drying out and cracking. And what better way to do that than with bacon grease? Just rub it into the leather in small circular motions and buff it off with a clean cloth.
As a shoe shine
Give your shoes an extra bit of shine by rubbing some bacon grease into them before polishing them with your favorite shoe polish. Trust us, they’ll never look better!
As a hair treatment
Believe it or not, bacon grease can actually be good for your hair! It’s packed with nutrients that can help nourish and condition your locks. Just massage it into your scalp and hair, leave it on for 15-20 minutes, and then shampoo and condition it as usual. Trust us, your hair will thank you!
Bacon grease is one of those ingredients that’s often overlooked but can actually be quite useful. From flavoring dishes to conditioning leather goods, there are all sorts of different ways to use it. So next time you’re cooking up some bacon, save that grease—you’ll be glad you did!
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