|Yes, it's a thing of beauty!|
To some people just saying the word "bacon" makes them want to do crunches. For me, the word bacon means I am about to experience something crunchy! One of the things that I love about bacon is the grease that is left in the pan. A lot of people throw it away, but I say "No way Jose!" SAVE THAT BACON GREASE!
The benefits of using bacon grease, you ask? Well there are many.
Of course for me I love the fact that if I am using bacon grease in place of butter, I feel like I am saving money. Butter is expensive, even if you buy it in bulk, and bacon grease comes like an added bonus to your bacon. So that is the one thing. The other is the flavor.
While butter and olive oil add great flavor to dishes, bacon grease has that distinctive really rich flavor that can be the pep in the step to some dishes. For instance, I used bacon grease in place of olive oil or butter in a no-sauce pasta dish and it added a POW that I really appreciated on top of my seasonal veggies. It can also be great when you are frying up onions for a quiche or egg dish adding just a hint of that bacon goodness.
|My bacon grease! YUM!|
The truth is fat is fat is fat. While some fats may be healthier for you than others, it's all coming down to moderation. I don't use bacon grease in every dish, but I do think it's a great addition in many cases and in the end, let's face it, saving money never goes out of style!!
So get your bacon grease ready and save a little green too--and check your guilt at the door because sometimes you just need to indulge!!!