Grease Hero: Disposing of Leftover Bacon Grease

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Whether you are frying a pan of bacon at home, in an RV or over a campfire, the end result is the same—delicious bacon and a pan full of bacon grease. The problem then arises, “what should I do with this pan of grease?” Below are four out-of-the-box recommendations on the best and most environmentally responsible way to dispose of the bacon grease.

The Grease Hero

Having the Grease Hero on hand lets you easily dispose of that pan of bacon grease. You simply place the Grease Hero in your kitchen sink, on your countertop or any flat surface and then pour the grease directly from your pan into it. The drain guard quickly soaks up the grease and you then simply toss the entire thing in your trash.

The Grease Hero is made from recycled materials and is environmentally friendly. Whether you are at home, in an RV, on a boating adventure or on a multi-day camping adventure, the Grease Hero is easy to pack and ready to help.

Fire Starter

Cotton-ball fire starters are all the rage in the prepper community. The usual recommendation is to soak cotton balls with Vaseline, but bacon grease also works, as long as you pull the cotton ball apart to let it breathe more. After that, you’re ready to light some kindling. (Outside Online)

That Grease Hero you brought along on your camping trip—once full of the bacon grease, also makes a  great fire starter! Use it to get your fire started and enjoy the aroma.

Season Your Cast-Iron Skillet

Cast-iron skillets have an undeniable flavor and any chef will tell you that they are a must for your cooking arsenal. Seasoning your skillet will also prolong its useful life and give you that flavor-filled black patina. While different oils are traditionally recommended, bacon grease does the trick as well. Rub the skillet with the bacon grease and toss it in your oven for an hour at 400 degrees Fahrenheit.

Make Biscuits for Your Dog

While covering Fido’s food in too much bacon grease is never a good idea—a large quantity of sodium at once can make your dog sick—whipping up a batch of dog biscuits, with a small amount of bacon grease, is sure to please. We would bet that Fido would love a tasty snack at home, on a camping trip or really anywhere. Fido appreciates a good treat just as much as we do! Try this, Peanut Butter and Bacon Dog Treats, recipe from The Biologist’s Kitchen.

Do you know the one thing you should never do with bacon grease? Rinse it down the sink!

Never Rinse Bacon Grease Down the Drain

Each pan of bacon grease you rinse down the kitchen sink adheres to your plumbing and begins to restrict the amount of wastewater that can be flushed through the pipes. You will start to notice that your sink is draining rather slowly and that there is a foul odor coming from the sink drain—these are the signs that your plumbing is clogged and a call to the plumber is in your future.

Clogged pipes lead to damaging sewer overflows back into your home—many times raw sewage spews into your sinks, bathtubs, showers, basement and your neighborhood.

Now, go cook up that pan of bacon and enjoy the delicious treat! Just remember to properly dispose of that leftover bacon grease.


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