Oh, how I love bacon grease. And how, too, I rejoiced when I found out the bacon and bacon grease are healthy! I cook with bacon grease the most out of all oils and fats. It just makes everything taste better. And, against popular belief, bacon and bacon grease do not make you fat (sugar and grains do, just fyi), so please do your body a favor and go saute those greens in some bacon fat, just like your grandmother did. I was too young to remember too many of my Granny’s southern cooking techniques, but seeing a tub of bacon grease on the counter is a distinct memory of mine. She knew what was up. I don’t know how we got lost along the way, thinking canola oil was a good idea, but bacon grease is the way back home. -Stephanie
If you’re at all familiar with the real food movement, you’ve probably heard the good news that there’s no need to be afraid of “healthy fats” like Olive Oil, Coconut Oil, and Butter from pastured cows. And thank your lucky stars (I know I do!), that bacon contains healthy fat as well. Bacon’s monounsaturated fat is partially comprised of oleic acid, also found in olive oil. In addition to other benefits, oleic acid is believed to help with high blood pressure.