Catchy title, huh? I couldn’t decide on what to call this post. Everything went through my mind from the grease pit, the grease pot, don’t clog the plumbing and then it hit me; Heart Stopping Storage - The Grease Can.
Heart Stopping Storage
When I was a little girl, I remember my MawMaw having a grease canister on her stove for her bacon grease. I really don’t remember my mother having one, but she more than likely had one and kept it somewhere.
Nowadays when you enter someone’s kitchen you almost never see a canister for grease. The last one I saw was about 4 years ago and it was scary! The owner of the kitchen used a mason jar and poured all of her different greases in it and when she filled it up, the jar was tossed in the garbage. Just seeing the mess the jar was in, made me realize I would never eat her green beans because her bacon grease and other cooking grease was mixed up. I keep a mason jar in the refrigerator for all my bacon grease, so when I need some for green beans I have it ready. It stays hidden away in a cold place and is never seen by visitors; unless they are nosy.
There are times when I cook meat for hamburgers or fry okra and I have left over, gag me with a spoon kind of grease that is not meant to be used for anything else. Since it is not healthy for plumbing; you are not supposed to pour it down the drain, so what exactly are you suppose to do with it? Well, you can do like me… You can save it. Yes, you read that correctly.
When I was trying to come up with a way to store the grease, I remembered the mason jar that was thrown away when it was full. Since I save my mason jars for reuse, I decided I wanted to use something that was already going to be tossed in the garbage when I was finished with it. I thought about the big cans of crushed tomatoes I buy for spaghetti sauce. These are the perfect size, I clean them out and store them just for this purpose.
While I’m cooking, I can pour the unusable grease into one of these large cans and I tuck it away in the freezer until I need to pour more grease in. Easy! The grease will freeze and it stays out of the way until you are ready to add to it. When the can is full all you have to do is throw it out on garbage day. Since we do not have curbside garbage service, I never put a full can in a bag until the day we take our garbage to the compactor. This helps in keeping the grease from thawing, spilling out and leaking into the garbage cans. What a mess that could be!
You can read about the Many Uses of Bacon Grease from Bacon Today.
What do you store your old grease in?