How to Dispose of Bacon Grease?

For most of us, crackling bacon in the morning is the breakfast of champions. If you eat pork, everything about bacon is alluring. There is a reason the internet is obsessed with it. It’s certainly the perfect way to start the day. 

Now, eating bacon on the regular may be a bad idea, but an occasional munch is harming no one. If you’re reading this, I’m sure you wonder what the best way of getting rid of bacon grease is. This article will clear all your questions. 

I will explain what the best way to dispose of bacon grease is, and how not to dispose of it. I will also give you some tips on how to recycle the grease so it doesn’t go to waste. 

How to Dispose of Bacon Grease?

Bacon grease should be discarded in the trash with other general waste items. Bacon grease hardens when it cools down and the best way to discard it is the first way until it’s cooled down.

If you eat bacon occasionally and you end up with only a few tablespoons of grease each time, the best thing to do is to wait until the fat hardens on the pan. 

Once it’s hard, scrape it off the pan with a spatula and toss the scrapings into the trash. You should wipe the pan with a tissue afterward to make sure all the fat is gone. Afterward, toss the tissue paper in the trash as well. 

If you have a greater amount of fat you can pour it into a small, disposable container and wait for it to harden. Make sure you do not pour the grease into the container while it’s extremely hot. This will likely cause the plastic in the container to melt. Wait until the grease is cooled a little, then pour it. Once the grease hardens, you should close the cap of the container and then throw it in the trash. You can use old yogurt or other one-time food containers for this purpose. 

If you cook bacon often, you can save the bacon grease in the container until it’s full. This will minimize waste and save more plastic from being thrown into landfills. It’s always good to wipe the pan with a tissue or paper towel to remove excess grease. 

Keep in mind that mixing bacon grease with soapy water does not make it safe to pour down the drain. There are common misconceptions about getting rid of bacon grease I will cover next. 

How not to dispose of bacon grease: 

The most important thing you should keep in mind is that you absolutely should never, ever pour bacon grease down the drain. The reason is, bacon grease will solidify and cling to the walls of the pipes. Worst case scenario is you getting a blocked drain and having to pay a hefty bill to the plumber.

The best-case scenario is an awful, rancid smell of decomposing bacon grease coming out of your kitchen sink. Even if you have a garbage disposal, do not throw bacon grease down your kitchen drain, or any drain for that matter. 

You may also be tempted to try and compost the grease in your backyard compost pile, but refrain from that as well. It’s bad for your compost pile for many reasons. Firstly, bacon is an animal product and decomposing animal products harbor pathogens. 

The heat in the compost pile will not be strong enough to kill these microbes. This risks your health and the health of anyone living around the area with the compost pile. 

Besides harboring pathogens, bacon grease may turn to oil at the heat of the compost and restrict the permeability of oxygen in the pile. This will cause aerobic bacteria to die out. Also, animal products attract the attention of wild animals. It’s best not to compost bacon grease. 

For the same reasons as above, you should also not throw out bacon grease onto your yard soil. The pathogens are certainly an issue, but also, the smell of the decomposition is going to cause you and your neighbor discomfort. 

If you’re not thrilled about throwing the grease out and you’d rather find a use for it then keep reading. 

Alternative ways to use bacon grease: 

Instead of throwing it, there are many things you can do with bacon grease. 

You can store the bacon grease in a container for up to a month in the freezer. But before you store it, remember to strain it with a cheesecloth or a fine strainer first to remove all solid bits from it. 

You can also add more bacon grease to the container later on. Always check if the grease is smelling off before you use it to make sure you do not accidentally mix it with the food you’re cooking. 

Bacon grease is a good alternative to lard or shortening. So any recipe which requires these materials can be replaced with bacon grease. This is economical as well since you’re saving money you’d otherwise spend to buy cooking fats. 

Bacon grease is good for frying vegetables as well, you can add a bit of the fat into meat dishes to enhance the flavor of your meal. Authentic gingersnap cookies require bacon as well. 

One other way you can eat the grease is by mixing it with herbs and spices to make animal butter for cooking. You can use it as a spread as well for your next breakfast. 

If you have a biodiesel company around you, and you have a large container of bacon grease you want to get rid of, you can contact them about their policy on accepting grease from citizens. 

Even if you don’t have a biodiesel company nearby, there are dozens of culinary ways you can use up your bacon grease. It is always better for the environment to use up every bit of resource we can instead of throwing things into the trash. 

Conclusion: 

Now, eating bacon on the regular may be a bad idea, but an occasional munch is harming no one. Since you read this, I’m sure you were wondering what the best way of getting rid of bacon grease was. I hope this article cleared all your questions out. 

I explained what the best way to dispose of bacon grease was, and how not to dispose of it. I also gave you some tips on how to recycle the grease so it doesn’t go to waste. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): How to Dispose of Chicken Grease 

Can I throw bacon grease down the drain? 

No, even if you have a garbage disposal it’s a good idea to not throw bacon grease down the drain. This grease will solidify when cooled and cling to the walls of the pipes restricting water flow. 

Can I throw bacon grease into the garbage? 

Yes, it is the best way to dispose of bacon grease.  

Can I throw bacon grease on the soil in my backyard? 

No, this is a bad idea. Bacon is an animal product and while decomposing it may allow the growth of pathogens. It also smells very strongly when it’s decomposing, so the foul odor will likely disturb you and your neighbors. 

Can I recycle bacon grease? 

Yes, you can recycle it by using it for cooking other foods, or as a bread spread. You can also give it to a local biodiesel company. 

Yes, you should check with the company first. But ideally, they will accept bacon fat as all food-grade fats are good for making biodiesel.

Can bacon grease be turned into fuel? 

Yes, the biodiesel made from bacon fat and other animal fats is turned into fuel in some countries. Biodiesel can be used to run cars and it can generate energy for households. 

Can I compost bacon grease? 

No, it’s a bad idea to compost bacon grease. Bacon is an animal product so it will likely allow the growth of pathogens while decomposing. These pathogens cannot be killed at the temperature compost is made. This is a potential cause of illness for anyone handling the compost.  

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