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28 Delicious Ways To Use Leftover Bacon Fat

Guaranteed to render you speechless.

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Often, a recipe will tell you to "render your bacon," which sounds intimidating but is really simple.

All it means is to cook your bacon slowly over low or medium heat, so that all the fat has a chance to melt while the meat crisps. To render bacon. get a cast iron or stainless steel skillet big enough to hold all of the bacon you're rendering without crowding it. Heat the skillet over low heat and add bacon to the pan (no need to add oil.) If you're using pre-sliced bacon, cook the strips whole; If you're using slab bacon, cut it into 1/4-inch cubes. Cook it slowly, until the bacon is crisped and most of the fat is liquid.

Full instructions here.

Use it immediately, or store it in an airtight container in the refrigerator for up to a month.

Some recipes, like pie crust or cookies, will call for cold or room temperature bacon fat, which means that the fat will be solid and you'll cut or beat it into the other ingredients. Other recipes, like sauces or soups, call for you to heat the bacon fat and use it as cooking fat for other ingredients, which means either melting your cold, pre-rendered bacon fat, or using warm, just-rendered bacon fat.

19. Mashed Potato Pancakes

On the off chance that you find yourself with leftover mashed potatoes, add a little flour, form the mixture into disks, and fry it up in some bacon grease. Recipe here.

20. Roasted Potatoes with Bacon, Cheese and Parsley

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Grease pan with bacon fat, toss potatoes with half of the bacon fat, roast, toss potatoes with the remaining bacon fat. Recipe here.

21. Primal Bacon Pancakes

These gluten-free, grain-free "pancakes" are made with coconut flour and egg whites, which give them a fluffy and, dare I say (because I mean, BACON) light texture. Recipe here.

25. 5-Ingredient Bacon Asparagus Pasta

No need to make a separate sauce, since the bacon grease, reduced wine, and melted parmesan will flavor the pasta and keep it from drying out. Recipe here.

27. Kimchi and Bacon Grilled Cheese Sandwich

Get serious bacon flavor inside and out by cooking bacon, stuffing it in a grilled cheese sandwich, and then frying said sandwich in the rendered fat. Recipe here.

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