7 Creative Uses for Bacon Grease
Many people love bacon, but hate all of the grease that is leftover when you are done cooking it! It is never a good idea to pour bacon grease down your drain, so you might be at a loss as far as what else to do with it. Well the great news is, there are ways you can use bacon grease long after the bacon is gone. Take a look below at 7 creative uses for bacon grease that you must try the next time you fry up a batch!
1. Make bird suet.
Mix bacon grease with birdseed and spoon into muffin tins. Place in the refrigerator to allow them to cool and harden. Pop out and you have quick and easy bird suet the birds will go nuts over. Not only are they tasty to birds, but will be packed with the fats they need to keep them warm.
2. Season your skillets.
Place some bacon grease in cast iron skillets and let it heat up. Allow the bacon grease to coat the skillet then remove from heat, allow it to cool, then wipe clean with a damp cloth. Talk about adding some savory flavor to your skillets!
3. Make your leather shine like new.
Small amounts of bacon grease are perfect for making leather shiny and conditioned. Apply a dab of bacon grease to a soft cloth and wipe on your leather shoes and bags. A little goes a very long way, and be sure the cloth is soft to avoid scratching.
4. Make your pet’s coat shine!
The fats in bacon grease can give your pet’s coat a natural shine. Take COOL bacon grease and mix it in with your pet’s food. Note that you should never pour hot grease onto the food. If you do pour it when hot, stir well and allow it to cool before serving. It will nourish their skin and coat to a brilliant shine.
5. Take it camping.
Bacon grease is perfect for starting bon fires. Spoon bacon grease into cupcake cups and allow it to cool. Remove the pucks once hardened and toss them into the fire to really get it roaring in no time! Bacon grease is the perfect fire starter.
6. Use it to season vegetables.
Broccoli and brussel sprouts both taste AMAZING when you fry them up with a tablespoon of bacon grease. It adds just the right amount of smoky, meaty flavor while also putting a nice char on the vegetable. Even people who don’t typically eat either of these vegetables love them when prepared in bacon grease.
7. Dry skin soother.
Chances are your granny even knew that bacon grease is a wonderful dry skin soother. If you have exceptionally dry skin, you can use bacon grease to soften it up. It even works well on dry pet paws, although the tricky part is keeping the pets from licking it off! Even if they do, the natural oils and fats will still help.
I don’t know about you, but all of these creative uses for bacon grease make me want to fry up a pan! Give these creative uses for bacon grease a try and see how practical it can be.