25 Survival Uses For Leftover Bacon Grease

April K.
By April K. March 14, 2019 07:13

25 Survival Uses For Leftover Bacon Grease

If you eat bacon and sausage regularly, you will probably start accumulating leftover bacon grease. Bacon fat is a handy and versatile provision, and once you know the many ways in which you can use it, you will want to save every drop.

There are two ways in which you can collect bacon grease. The easiest way is to save the fat from your frying pan after cooking the meat. Simply pour it into a mason jar or metal bucket and let it cool down. The other method is rendering. When you slaughter a pig, there will be off-cuts of hard fat which turn rancid very soon if you don’t cook it. Chop the fat into small pieces or grate it, then heat it in a pan over low heat until it liquefies. Once you pour off the fluid grease, it will cool down and harden completely, leaving you with a source of clean fat which you can store for a long period.

Bacon Grease for Nutrition

Bacon fat is a highly beneficial food source which you can store for prolonged periods, and it’s easy to take along to eat when you’re away from home or your camp. Not only that, but bacon fat also has a strong flavor which makes it the perfect ingredient to enhance the taste of other food, both sweet and savory. If your diet has limited variety, there are many ways in which bacon grease can liven up your meals.

#1. Use Bacon Fat as a Preservative

Fat seals the air out, which prevents food from spoiling. Cover hot food in a crock or mason jar with a layer of melted bacon grease and let it stand until the fat has hardened. The seal will help to keep your food fresh longer.

#2. Stop a Pot from Boiling Over

Add a small dab of bacon fat to the water when you cook starchy foods such as pasta, and it will prevent the pot from boiling over.

#3. Make Chocolate

Combine bacon grease, raw cacao, and honey for a surprisingly good chocolate bar. It won’t only satisfy your sweet tooth but is also a nutritious energy snack when you are out in the wild.

#4. Crisp Your Baking

When butter is scarce, bacon fat is the ideal substitute. Bread and pie crusts baked with bacon grease have more flavor and turn out extra crispy.

#5. Make Pemmican

Animal fat is the basis of this survival food that’s been around for centuries. Combine bacon fat, lean dried meat, berries, and nuts and pound it into a paste. Flatten the mixture into patties and let it sit until it hardens. Pemmican is easy to carry when you are traveling, and it will last almost indefinitely. In terms of nutrition, it’s a superfood that will offer nourishment and energy to keep you going for long periods without the need to make a cooking fire.

Clean, Polish, and Lubricate with Bacon Grease

Bacon grease isn’t only good for eating, but you can also use it in several ways to clean and keep up clothing and equipment.

#6. Use Bacon Fat for Lubrication

Is the noise of a screeching hinge or wheel driving you insane? Drip a drop of bacon fat on it to silence the squeak.

25 Survival Uses For Leftover Bacon Grease

#7. Make Soap

Combine bacon grease, lye, and water to make soap.

You can use any animal fat to make soap, and while it requires some effort, the result is amazingly good.

#8. Season Cast-iron Ustensils

If you use a skillet or other iron cookware, you will know that it rusts when cleaned and left to stand. To prevent corrosion and extend the lifetime of your cast-iron cookware, rub it with a generous amount of bacon grease and heat the utensils over a fire or in a very hot oven until all the grease has baked in. The bacon fat binds with the metal and covers it with a protective black patina.

Related: 10 Advantages Of Using Cast Iron Cookware When SHTF

25 Survival Uses For Leftover Bacon Grease

#9. Leather Polish

Shoes and belts made of leather lose their suppleness when exposed to the elements.

Dab a bit of bacon grease on a rag and rub it into your shoes, belts, and equipment straps to condition and nourish the leather.

#10. Waterproofing

You can use bacon fat as a water-repellent on boots, tents, waders, rain gear and most other types of leather and canvass equipment.

Medicinal Uses of Bacon Grease

Most people don’t recommend applying bacon fat to your body or your clothing. The obvious reason is that the reek of bacon is off-putting to other humans, but when you are out in the open, your smell might also attract predators such as bears, coyotes, and fire ants. While you should use caution when applying bacon grease to your person, there are times when the cure justifies the means.

#11. Get Rid of Burrowing Larvae

Some insects lay their eggs on human and animal skin, and when larvae hatch, they burrow into the host. This condition’s name is myiasis, and it causes painful boils. When you rub bacon grease over the affected area, it acts in two ways; the strong scent attracts the larva and at the same time cuts off its air supply, causing it to come to the surface of the skin where you can pluck it out with tweezers.

#12. Stop a Nose Bleed

Persistent nose bleeds, and bleeding from small wounds stop when you apply bacon fat. For nose bleeds, make a plug of cotton wool or tissue dabbed with bacon grease. The salt and fat works to stop bleeding by causing small arteries to swell and close.

#13. Cure Scabies

Scabies is microscopic mites in the outer layer of your skin. Symptoms include incessant itching and a rash. A liniment made of sulfur and bacon grease is a remarkably successful way to get rid of the parasites.

#14. Smooth and Soothe Your Skin

When you spend extended periods outdoors, you expose your skin to the elements, and you’re bound to suffer everything from bug bites to grazes and wind burn. At night, rub bacon grease on the affected areas and cover it with clothing. Wash it off in the morning, and your skin will feel amazingly good. Bacon fat is also an excellent remedy for cracked heels.

#15. Remove a Splinter

If you picked up a splinter that’s hard to remove, spread some bacon grease over it and cover the area with a band-aid or cloth for a few hours. The fat will soften up your skin and make it easy to remove the splinter.

Bacon Grease for Fuel and Light

#16. Homemade Firelighters

Drip used bacon grease on old rags or corn cobs and use it to light a fire.

#17. Make Your Own Candle

How To Make a Bacon Grease Survival Candle

Tie a strip of cotton rag or a string to a stick and suspend it in a mason jar. Add bacon fat and let it cool. When the fat has hardened, snip off the twig and use the fat as a candle. If you regularly have small quantities of bacon grease left over from cooking, you can keep replenishing the candle with it.

#18. Power a Generator

You can add filtered bacon grease to diesel to extend the running time of your generator.

#19. Fuel Your Vehicle

You can turn bacon grease into biofuel by filtering it and adding methanol. Most car engines can run on biofuel as an alternative to diesel.

Use Bacon Grease to Lure Fish, Animals, and Bugs

The strong smell of bacon grease makes it an ideal addition to bait when fishing and hunting, and a good insect trap too.

#20. Fishing Lures

Anglers make bait with a mixture of bacon fat and decaying fish and call it ‘putrid pudding’. The strong smell is especially attractive to catfish, but you can also use it for other freshwater fishing.

#21. Bait for a Trap

You can use bacon grease in traps if you are hunting bobcats, coyotes and raccoons. Burning bacon fat will also lure bears closer to your hide when you are hunting.

#22. Bug Trap

25 Survival Uses For Leftover Bacon Grease

Mix solid grease with a bit of vegetable oil to liquefy it and pour it into a shallow dish.

Let it stand out in the open in your camp or close to a window in your home.

Insects will land in the grease, and the sticky weight will prevent them from flying or crawling off again.

Bacon Grease as Animal Feed

#23. Dog Treats

Feeding neat bacon grease to your dog is not a good idea. The high sodium content can lead to vomiting and diarrhea. However, dogs love the flavor of bacon and mixed with other food; it makes a healthy snack. Use dog treats impregnated with bacon fat as a reward for good behavior when training your dog.

#24. Bird Food

You can add small quantities of bacon fat to chicken and turkey feed, especially in winter and if you have extra, you can use it in a bird feeder to attract wild birds.

Use Rancid Bacon Grease as Fertilizer

#25. If You Have Bacon Fat That’s Gone Rancid, You Can Still Use It As Fertilizer

Don’t add too much to the compost or one area of your garden at once since it takes a long time to degrade and might start growing unwanted bacteria. However, earthworms love a small quantity of grease and will soon turn it into fertilizer for your garden.

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By April K. March 14, 2019 07:13
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21 Comments

  1. Wannabe March 14, 12:57

    Dogs may want to eat your shoes after rubbing grease on them. Lol

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  2. left coast chuck March 14, 16:20

    I don’t know the answer, but I pose this question: Bacon has a lot of salt in it. That’s one of the ingredients that we like so much. Salt is corrosive to most metals. If you use bacon fat as a lubricant, doesn’t the salt corrode the metal and cause the reverse of the effect you are trying to achieve?

    The same with leather. Part of what stiffens and breaks down leather is the salt in our sweat. If you rub bacon fat on your shoes, doesn’t that hasten the eventual drying out and breakdown of the leather? The leather will be soft, but it will also be so soft that it disintegrates under any sort of force.

    It seems to me if one substituted the words “pure lard” for where bacon fat is used in the above article, the effect talked about would indeed be achieved with the exception of perhaps the animal attractant effect.

    Earlier we had an article about rendering pork fat into lard so instructions exist on this site about how to render lard. Although I must admit that my attempt to follow those instruction using a slow cooker were not successful. I think that was due to the fact that I didn’t cut the fat into fine enough pieces to successfully render it into lard.

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    • liz March 14, 16:57

      What type of metal are you referring to ferrous or non ferrous? raw or finished metal? if using bacon fat, the meat is cured with salt. Do not use bacon on any leather that is exposed to animal or insect predation.

      Works great as a fire starter when used in paper egg cartons. (also bio degradable)
      Also can be mixed with bird seed to feed out feathered friends.

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    • Dupin March 14, 18:27

      I’ll agree in that I’ve always been told specifically not to use bacon fat to season cast iron because of the salt in it. Lard, olive oil, vegetable oils all work, but not the salty bacon fat.

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    • TheSouthernNationalist March 14, 18:59

      I wouldnt use bacon grease either, at least not from store bought bacon, maybe a pig that was fresh killed, that way you know whats in the fat. Bear grease works great too and you dont have to worry about predators messing with you either if you smell like a bear.

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      • left coast chuck March 14, 20:14

        Based on the replies I got and my own feeling, I guess I won’t be using bacon fat to lube my blued S&W Model 29.

        I also won’t be using it to lube hinges on the door as the hinge pin is just plain mild steel not coated with anything.

        Plain lard might be something else.

        I will say that it must be the Irish blood in me, but I really like sourdough bread soaked in hot bacon grease. I understand from Frank McCourt, author of Angela’s Ashes and other books about Ireland, that bread soaked in bacon grease with hot tea comprised many of his childhood meals. He asserts that this vitamin deficient diet is responsible for his poor eyesight and poor teeth as an adult.

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  3. Bill March 14, 16:22

    Latest issue of Fortune Magazine reveals that there is a compound in bacon that combats Alzheimer’s. Indie researcher has come up with it.

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  4. left coast chuck March 14, 17:04

    When I was about eight years old we had a dog that had mange so badly he only had a tiny tuft of hair on the end of his tail. The doctor (MD, not DVM) recommended mixing flowers of sulfur with lard and applying a coat of it al over his body. He also recommended a dose of cod liver oil mixed in with the dog food. My two year old brother, feeling sorry for the dog painted it with white paint. All paint then was oil based. The dog was in quite a bit of pain from the paint. My mother washed it off with paint thinner and reapplied the coat of sulfur and lard. I don’t know which of the three applications cured the dog, but it wasn’t long before his coat started growing back in very lustrous and thick. Seeing the recommendation of bacon fat and sulfur jogged that childhood memory.

    It used to be that the drug store compounded many of the remedies they sold right there in the drug store, so one could purchase chemicals there too. I think in England they actually call a pharmacist a “chemist.”

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  5. Liz March 14, 17:05

    when it comes to skin or abrasions consider using witch hazel. It cleans out the pores. Cools the skin, reducing swelling, and reduces the size of the pores. It is also antimicrobial, anti bacterial. great for bug bites, ultra dry skin, as it draws good oil to come to the surface/ outer skin.

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  6. TheSouthernNationalist March 14, 19:02

    On #5 I wouldnt use bacon grease to make pemmican, it wont stay solid and will turn into a gooey mess by the end of the day. You need to use kidney fat which is way different than muscle fat, some folks call it suet, it stays solid and has a high melting point.

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  7. Ron March 14, 19:35

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  8. Ron March 14, 19:43

    Great article, Full of tips. One question, if I may, When making pemmican rather than pounding it, which is a bit too hard for me, could I blend the recipe into the right consistency?

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    • left coast chuck March 14, 23:22

      I don’t see why not? It would do the same thing as pounding. I wouldn’t blend it too much otherwise it might turn to soup with the heat of the blender. I feel confident that the reason the Indians pounded the pemmican with a rock or pounding stick was because they didn’t have food processors and blenders. I think I would run the blender at low speed to try to equal pounding rather than at very high speed. You only want to blend it, not pulverize it.

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  9. Siskiyou March 14, 22:45

    Put a coffee filter in a sieve and run the hot grease through that into your grease jar. It will last, look & taste better without the “bits” in it.

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  10. Siskiyou March 14, 22:47

    Put a coffee filter into a sieve and run your bacon grease through that on the way to your grease jar.
    It will look,taste & store better that way.

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  11. Yosemite March 15, 17:57

    While I would not recommend bacon grease for lubing firearms ….. I do know it makes an excellent lube for patching muzzle loaders round ball projectiles/bullets using black powder propellant.

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  12. Possum March 16, 15:39

    How do you store bacon grease and how long does it last? My Mother just had it in a coffee can by the stove. How do you tell if it’s gone off?

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  13. Miss Kitty March 17, 03:52

    Would you please let us know the recipe for the bacon chocolate? Proportions, etc? Sounds great!

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