Hold on to that bacon grease! Bacon grease is not meant for your trash—you can use up leftovers at a later time in the kitchen. And even if you’d rather toss it, you should pause. There’s a right and a wrong way to dispose of bacon grease.
How to Cook with Leftover Bacon Grease
Though your first reaction to leftover bacon grease may be to throw it away, you should know that you can actually store and reuse it. Pour bacon grease into a container through a strainer to remove the bacon bits, seal and store in your fridge. The bacon grease will solidify. You can then use it again! Simply scoop some out and put it in a pan in place of butter or cooking oil—you can use it to fry bread when making grilled cheese, cook chicken it in for some extra yummy flavor and more.
Bacon fat has a long shelf life in your refrigerator. It can stay in there sealed for a few months. You can even freeze your leftover bacon fat! Bacon fat will keep in the freezer for up to a year.
How to Safely Dispose of Bacon Grease
Don’t pour that bacon grease down the drain! Bacon grease solidifies with time, and this can cause some serious blockage problems in your sink if you simply pour it down the drain or garbage disposal. Instead, pour the bacon grease into a heat-safe dish and let it cool until it reaches room temperature and pop it in the fridge until it hardens. Then, remove from the frige and scoop it into the trash. This is the safest way to dispose of bacon grease—trust us, your plumber thanks you.