How long will grease (from bacon or roast) keep in the fridge?
I kept all of the bacon grease from making bacon this weekend, and now I have a jar of solidified grease in the fridge. How long can I use this to impart bacony goodness to my fried vegetables before it goes bad?
What is the shelf life of the fat drippings from bacon, roast and other meats?
Depends on how many solids and how much water you have in it. If you've rendered, filtered, and refined it, it should last a few weeks easy.
Note: my mother maintained it never EVER went bad, refrigerated or not. Lot of old time southern cooks will say the same, but they all go through it fast.
I remember seeing people keep it for a couple months with no problems at all. No special care to filter/refine it, just fried the bacon in a broad enough pan that the water content was very very low.
I grew up in one of those families, @Jefromi. My dad uses wide pans and strains through cheesecloth to remove ugly solids, then leaves a mason jar of the leftover fat in the fridge for easily 6-8 months and has never had a problem. I'm not implying that's safe, I know by the numbers we should probably be sick 5x over, just wanted to confirm what you and Satanicpuppy said with first-hand anecdotal evidence!
Considering the amount of salt and other preservatives that are in even filtered bacon fat, it probably was pretty safe if kept cold.
@sean: I'm sure it *can* go bad...I've just never seen it. Joy of Cooking states that bacon grease can be kept "indefinitely" which is somewhat surprisingly indefinite for such a widely circulated cookbook.
I'm not willing to go as far as the Joy of Cooking does. I think their expectation must be that bacon grease would not last long enough in anyone's fridge to test that boundary! :)
Put a tissue over a jar that has a tight lid and hold it there with a rubber band. Pour bacon grease through it and then into the fridge that's iit.