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Old 11-12-2008, 09:27 AM   #11
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I store mine in the frig also. I just use a mason jar.

It's also good to fry potatoes in....yummy!!

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Old 11-12-2008, 10:59 AM   #12
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I use a 1 pound coffee can in the fridge. There is nothing better for fried hash browns.
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Old 11-12-2008, 12:12 PM   #13
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I buy very lean applewood smoked bacon from Trader Joes and there is very little grease left. But what I do have - usually about a Tablspoon or two, I keep in a tiny container with a lid in my fridge. I use a teaspoon or so for green beans, hash browns, eggs and sauteeing cabbage (awesome!) but it stays fresh for a month or so. Be sure to strain the grease through a couple thicknesses of cheesecloth to get the food bits out of the grease or it will spoil sooner.

BTW, for sauteeing cabbage here's what I do:
Fry 1 or 2 slices of bacon til somewhat crisp. Set aside to cool.
Chop or slice cabbage and add to the bacon grease in the pan. Saute for about 2 minutes on med/low heat stirring all the while, then break up the bacon and add the pieces to the cabbage.
Add 2 or 3 Tablespoons water, turn to low, cover and cook til cabbage is crisp tender. Be sure to cook on low heat or it will brown. Stir often and add a little water if it dries out. Fantastic!! And you can't believe how great the house smells. Neither can your neighbors.
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Old 11-12-2008, 01:30 PM   #14
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We keep ours in a coffee can in the fridge. I forget to use it though ...

My grandmother makes a cake using it - strangely comforting flavor. I'll see if I can get it if anyone is interested.
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:31 PM   #15
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Katie E has it right about having to chip away and scrape at it if it's frozen. I've been fighting with mine whenever I go to use some. Next time I'm going to store it in the fridge and when it's nice and congealed, spoon it onto wax paper to freeze it. Like I do with tomato paste. Then I can grab as many globs as I think I'll need.
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Old 11-12-2008, 02:36 PM   #16
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...Next time I'm going to store it in the fridge and when it's nice and congealed, spoon it onto wax paper to freeze it. Like I do with tomato paste. Then I can grab as many globs as I think I'll need.
That's a good idea. I wonder about spooning it into an ice cube tray. When all the spots were full and frozen, you could dump into a sealed container. Hmmmm ...
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Old 11-12-2008, 04:00 PM   #17
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You can also let it cool a bit, then pour into a ziplock bag. Seal it and lay it flat in the freezer. Then you can just open it up, crack off a piece and seal it back up.
Mine is currently residing in a container in the fridge, but I used to do it that way.
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Old 11-12-2008, 04:22 PM   #18
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Cool idea, GF! Thanks
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Old 11-12-2008, 06:31 PM   #19
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I save bacon grease, home made demi-glace, shmaltz, and even whipping cream by freezing in ice cube trays and storing in zip-lock bags in the freezer. Most things just pop out of the plastic ice cube trays. Sometimes I have to dip the bottom into warm water in the sink. When you need some, just grab a cube.
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Old 11-12-2008, 07:41 PM   #20
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We keep ours in a coffee can in the fridge. I forget to use it though ...

My grandmother makes a cake using it - strangely comforting flavor. I'll see if I can get it if anyone is interested.
Oh, yeah! I'm interested, J!

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