Rendered Bacon – Need A Hand

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Rendered Bacon

Need a Hand
Cook Time20 mins

Ingredients

  • 1 pound of bacon thick cut or traditional

Instructions

To start:

  • Remove the bacon from the packaging but keep in a whole piece, do not separate.
  • Slice the bacon from top to bottom into thin strips so that you cut each piece of bacon into a quarter inch slice.
  • Add all of the sliced bacon into an unheated heavy bottom saucepan, such as a dutch-oven.
  • Turn the heat on medium to medium high.
  • Begin stirring and breaking up the bacon pieces.

Continue to cook:

  • The bacon will first become soft, then bendy, then foamy.
  • Allow it to go through these stages as it heads towards the crispy phase.
  • Smoking?
  • ***Do not allow the heat to get so high that the bacon begins to smoke. If this happens turn the heat off and allow to cool for 5-10 minutes, then restart the process.

Crispy phase:

  • As the bacon grease becomes clear, the bacon will start to become very crispy very quickly.
  • Working quickly, using a heat proof slotted spoon, and a plate covered in paper towels, begin removing the crispiest bacon first, while the remaining bacon finishes up cooking.
  • Once you’re done removing all of the bacon, turn the heat off and allow it to begin to cool.

Cooling the bacon grease:

  • Depending on what you want to do with the bacon grease, which will be quite a bit, you’ll need to let it cool to a different level.

Disposing of the bacon grease:

  • Never pour grease down the drain, kitchen, bathroom, or toilet. It’s bad news for the environment and for the waste processing plants.
  • You can mix it with birdseed and set it out for the birds to eat, they love it.
  • You can save it (!!!) for other recipes and general use. Pour the cooled bacon grease into a storage container for keeping in the fridge. I like using a small glass mason jar, with a tight fitting lid.
  • Don’t want to save it or feed it to the birds? Grab an old leak proof container and add it to that. Then once full throw away in the regular trash. Check out Lifehacker (NOT an affiliate link, just smart folks) for additional ideas.
  • Share your ideas for disposing of the bacon grease below!

Notes

Serving suggestions:
Serve the same day with pretty much anything, but one of our favorites is the Chicken Corn Chowder.
Refrigerate leftovers immediately.
Freezes well.

Don’t need the extra help? See my “Confidence” version of the recipe.