How To Store, Use, and Clean Up Bacon Grease

by Tonya Staab
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Ever thought about cooking with bacon grease, storing it, or wondering how to clean it off the stove? These tips are all you need.

Disclosure: I’m sharing how I use Zep All Around Oxy Cleaner & Degreaser to get our kitchen super clean as part of a sponsored post for Socialstars #ZepSocialstars

Where there’s bacon, there is also bacon grease!

I’m going to show you not only how to store bacon grease, but also what it can be used for, and how to clean it up.

a cast iron grill pan on the stove with bacon cooking

Storing Bacon Grease

The best way to store bacon grease is to strain it into a dish, set it aside to cool, pop it into a mason jar, and refrigerate it. Honestly though, I don’t always strain it, especially if I think I’ll use it fairly quickly. As it cools it becomes harder similar to the consistency of shortening. If you think you won’t use it anytime soon then you can freeze it too.

bacon grease in a canning jar

Uses for Bacon Grease

What can you do with bacon grease? Here are a few ideas:

  • Use it in place of oil to fry vegetables such as green beans and onions, or a breakfast potato skillet.
  • Mashed potatoes. Need I say more.
  • In sauces, gravies and marinades.
  • Season cast iron skillets
  • Bacon fried rice
  • Pasta dishes – like this Chicken and Bacon Pasta
  • Or maybe a Bacon Bloody Mary

Did I mention the money you save by using bacon grease instead of oil? Plus, everything will have a hint of bacon.

Cleaning Up Bacon Grease

The worst part about cooking bacon (I know, who knew there would be something bad about cooking bacon) is that the grease spatters everywhere … or maybe that’s just me. Let’s face it, I could make a mess boiling water.

a grill pan with bacon on the stove and grease splattered onto the stove

Regardless, have you ever tried to clean a pan, stove, or counter with bacon grease on it? It just smears, spreads around, is greasy, and spatters everywhere. Everything within about 3 feet is in the splatter zone, so all of those lovely things behind the stove …  splattered, the floor … splattered, me … splattered.

If you are lucky, you have a furry friend who is more than willing to help clean the floor, like this one, who is a constant presence at my feet when I’m cooking.

a person standing by the stove in front of a grill pan and a dog begging at their feet

But, the counter and stove he can’t reach yet … no matter how hard he tries.

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Zep degreaser on a kitchen counter

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[email protected] July 17, 2015 - 8:46 am

How long can one store it in the fridge?

Tonya Staab July 20, 2015 - 3:32 am

It will store for a couple of months at least in the refrigerator, as long as you've strained the bits out of it.


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