A Little Bacon Grease
I overheard a young woman ask another lady, "How do I get rid of
bacon drippings, what should I do with them?"
"Oh my!" I thought to myself, as I imagined for a moment that I
surely could hear my Mother gasping all the way from heaven.
Momma would have said, "Oh, you mean bacon GREASE! Now, sit down here,
and let me tell you why you don't ever need to get rid of bacon grease."
The young woman would have gone away with a new respect for bacon grease.
When I was growing up, bacon grease was a staple in our home. I didn't
even know what Crisco was until I was a teenager.
"Put a little bacon grease in it," Momma would say as I stirred
a pot full of homegrown green beans, and I would reach for the
small Maxwell House coffee can that sat on the back of the stove.
Whenever bacon was fried at our house, the excess bacon grease
was poured into that Maxwell House coffee can. The can stayed
there all of the time for that very purpose and the bacon grease
was later poured into a jar and kept in the refrigerator until
it was needed.
A little bacon grease was used to season almost all vegetables,
but it was especially good in beans. It gave the beans a hearty
We didn't own a deep fryer, we just had a big iron skillet and
anything that got fried at our house was fried in that big iron
skillet with, you guessed it, a little bacon grease. In fact, the
skillet was usually left inside the oven with the grease already
in it, so it was ready to fry up some taters at a moments notice.
Momma used bacon grease in her cornbread and would heat the pan
she poured the cornbread into by putting it in the oven ahead of
time with a little bacon grease in the bottom of the pan. It made
the cornbread crispy on the bottom and sides and also gave it a
touch of bacon flavor. There was nothing better than a big hunk
of Momma's hot cornbread sliced open with a dollop of butter on
Bacon grease was used in many ways. Momma used it to make piecrusts,
fry chicken, to make gravy, wilted lettuce, and she even made the dog
happy by pouring a little bacon grease over the dry dog food.
My husband, Mike, has his own uses for bacon grease. He likes eggs
for breakfast, and he has always preferred his eggs basted in a
little bacon grease, that is, he did until recently. The last time
he asked for basted eggs in a restaurant it went something like
"I would like my eggs basted, please."
"Pasted? What are pasted eggs?" the waitress looked confused.
"No, not pasted... it's basted," he said once again.
"Oh, basted, (long pause), I'll have to ask the cook if she can
do that," the waitress replied.
"All you do is flip a little bacon grease over the egg as it
fries in the skillet so it forms a white film over the egg yolk,"
my husband instructed.
"Okay, I'll tell the cook," the waitress said, as she walked off
toward the kitchen.
Twenty minutes later, my husband was still waiting for his basted
eggs while I was feasting on my scrambled eggs and toast that he
encouraged me to go ahead and eat so my breakfast wouldn't get
"The cook is probably just back there in the kitchen practicing
her grease flipping," I said to my husband reassuringly.
About that time, the waitress came out with a big smile on her
face. "Here are your basted eggs," she said proudly as she sat
the plate in front of my husband.
I looked at the eggs, and they appeared to be something between
sunny side up and scrambled. I thought "pasted" might be a good
word for them after all. I wondered if my husband was going to
eat them or send them back.
"Are they okay?" The waitress asked when Mike didn't say anything.
"Would you like me to take them back?" the waitress asked,
I could tell that Mike's appetite was outweighing his fancy for
basted eggs, as he looked up and said, "This is fine, it's just
the way I like them!"
~ Pamela Perry Blaine ~
About Pamela: She enjoys writing, music, and country living. She writes"Pam's Corner" for the local newspaper and many of her writings have been published on the internet as well as in several books.
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