Originally Posted by Bigjim68
My mother had a can of Crisco and a Crisco can with a strainer top that I think was made for the purpose sitting on her stove. The drippings went into the strainer and the fat was reused. I don't recall her being particular about what type of fat was recycled.
I think that was fairly common prior to the availability of hundreds of types of fat at the local supermarket.
When I was a kid my mother also had a empty tin with a lid with holes in it. All the rendered fat from whatever she was cooking was strained into the tin then used then more rendered fat added. She stored it in the make-shift fridge which was a galvanised tub partly filled with cold water with chunks of ice added from the ice house with a wooden lid on top.
Pretty basic living. No running water. No electricity. Wood stove. No radio even until I was about six.
I'd go back to that way of living in a heartbeat.
All the rendered fat was from our chickens/geese and wild game. I remember she made the best fried potatoes I ever tasted using the rendered fat.