Saturday, April 17, 2010


I found this ricipe in my grandmothers cook book, I never knew you had to clean your grease.  I just save all my bacon fat drippings in a jar in the fridge and use them as is.  I'm going to have to try this.. If any one does this please let me know.
How to Clean Leftover Grease

Do you save your leftover grease in a can? You don't have to throw leftover grease from bacon, sausage, hamburgers etc. away. Reuse it by making your own lard, or add birdseed to make your own bird fat.

Back when we couldn't afford to buy shortening, we retified (cleaned) our leftover grease. Here's how:

1.Melt the grease that is in the can till it is loose enough to pour into a pot.

2. Add twice as much water as you have grease.

3. For each cup of smelly fat, add two table spoons of vinegar or lemon juice in half a cup of water and boil.

4. Boil the grease and water for about a half hour.

5. Let cool then refrigerate.

Once it cools the grease will float to the top and harden. Run a knife around the edge of the hardened grease and flip it out of the pot onto your hand. Some scum will be on the bottom, scrape it off with a knife. Now the grease is clean and reuseable.

Well this is a new one for me. I remember my grandmother always saving her grease but I don't remember her cleaning it.