How to Dispose of Bacon Grease

  • By: greenorb
  • Date: May 7, 2022
  • Time to read: 5 min.

That bacon and egg sandwich really hit the spot, but now you’re left wondering how to dispose of bacon grease. You’ll find out what you should do with it in this article.

To dispose of bacon grease wait for it to cool then scrape it into foil and throw it in the trash. 

Getting rid of bacon grease can be a little messy. Are you ready to see what you can do to cut down on the muck and ditch the grease for good? Then take a look at what’s coming up next.

The Best Way to Dispose of Bacon Grease

I know it’s tempting. Your griddle pan is right next to the sink and the detergent. 

It would be so easy to pour the grease down the sink, douse it in detergent then flush it away with hot water. Easy peasy. 

But unless you don’t mind having frequent meetings with your plumber, I recommend that you never pour bacon grease down the sink. 

So, if you can’t pour it down the sink, what should you do with it? Here are a few simple steps that will help. 

  1. Allow the bacon grease to cool. Bacon grease can get very hot and will easily melt through plastic bags and containers. It can even damage glass jars. It could also give you a very nasty burn. Allow the grease to cool right down before you attempt to dispose of it. If you have a large quantity of grease, you might need to leave it to cool for an hour or longer. 
  2. Scrap the bacon grease into a container. Once cool, the grease should solidify and make it easier to throw away. Consider wrapping the grease in a container that it will not leak easily from. Here are some good options:
    1. Wrap it and seal it in good quality tin foil
    2. Scrap it into a heavy-duty plastic bag
    3. Scrap it into a sealable plastic container. You can use one of the containers that you get from takeout or a tub from the supermarket.
  3. Wipe up the rest of the grease with some kitchen paper. Then throw the kitchen paper into the trash. 
  4. Put the container with the grease into the trash.

If you have a large quantity of grease and cannot wait for it to cool, pour it into a mug and then place that in the fridge. The grease will quickly cool down and solidify so that you can scrape it into the trash.

How to Reuse Bacon Grease

Bacon is utterly scrumptious. And as you know, you lose a lot of the flavor of the bacon in its grease. 

Luckily though, there are some things you can do to harness that deliciousness and use it again. Here are a couple of ideas. 

  1. Strain the grease and then freeze it. You should wait for the oil to cool completely. Once cool, you should pass it through a strainer to get rid of any leftover food. You can then freeze the oil ready for you to use another day. Store the oil in a plastic container in the freezer. The oil will remain fresh for up to one month while frozen. If you plan to use the grease sooner rather than later, you can keep it at room temperature.
  2. Use it for cooking. Try freezing your bacon grease and then using it to cook with. The flavor of the bacon will make your meals tastier. You can use the grease for the following meals.
    1. Deep frying vegetables
    2. Meat dishes
    3. An alternative to lard or shortening
    4. Authentic gingersnap cookies
    5. Bacon vinaigrette salad dressing

How to Eliminate Bacon Grease

Cleaning up bacon grease is a pain. That’s why many people wonder what they can do to get rid of that mess altogether. 

Is there a way to cook bacon without having to deal with the grease? Take a look at some of the tips I have in store for you. 

  1. Cut the fat off of the bacon. Bacon fat is delicious, but it’s not very good for you. Trimming the fat off of your bacon is a great way of making this meat leaner. Not only that, but it will also reduce the amount of grease that is produced when you fry your bacon.
  2. Choose leaner cuts of bacon. Bacon with a lot of fat on it will produce more grease when you cook it. Try to choose bacon with a low-fat content to cut down on the grease.
  3. Reduce your oil. Bacon grease goes hand in hand with the oil you use. The more oil in your skillet, the more bacon grease you’ll have to put up with. Try using a grease spray to better control how much fat you intake.
  4. Use an electric grill. An electric grill is fantastic because it helps to drain the oil away from your food as it cooks. The grill pools the oil into a little tray that is easy to clean once you have finished cooking. 
  5. Cook the bacon in an air fryer. You can cook your bacon in an air fryer with little to no extra oil.
  6. Cook the bacon in the oven. To completely cut down on the grease, cook your bacon in the oven. Lie the individual strips on tin foil and cook them for 10 to 20 minutes.

Final Thoughts

Most people when looking at bacon grease see a dilemma that they are not sure how to solve. 

But, I am sure this article has helped you to see how easy it is to dispose of bacon grease. Simply allowing it to cool and then throwing it in the trash is all you need to do to see the back of it. 

This article has also shown you some of the more creative things you can do with bacon grease such as freezing it and then using it for cooking. 

Who would have thought our favorite breakfast meat could open up a world of so many possibilities?

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