How to Render Bacon Fat

If you make more bacon fat than you end up using, just throw out the whole jar and start a new one.

Never pour bacon fat down the drain! It will solidify as it cools and clog your drain. Either soak it up with paper towels and discard or pour the rendered bacon fat into a jar to save.

  • Cook time: 10 minutes

Ingredients

  • Strips of raw bacon

Method

1 Cook bacon on medium low heat: Heat a large skillet on medium-low heat. Lay out several strips of raw bacon. Let the strips cook for 10 or 15 minutes, turning them occasionally.

When the bacon strips are nicely browned and crispy, use tongs or a fork to lift them out of the pan and place them on paper towels (to absorb the excess fat) on a plate.

cook bacon on medium low heat to render the fat slowly put the cooked bacon on paper towels to absorb excess fat

2 Pour remaining fat into a jar: Pour the remaining fat in the pan into a jar, and put the jar into your refrigerator. The bacon grease will solidify to a slightly off-color white. When you cook bacon again, pull out the jar and add more of the excess fat to it.

pour bacon fat into a jar seal the jar of bacon fat and store it in the refrigerator

If you want, you can strain out the solid bacon bits before pouring the fat into a jar. I find that these bits have plenty of flavor, so I don't bother to strain them.