What Are Some Non-Cooking Uses For Bacon Grease?

What Are Some Non-Cooking Uses For Bacon Grease?

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Oct 6, 2009
Q: Before my dog Lulu passed away, we fried up some bacon for the lass and kept the bacon grease. I'm vegetarian, so now that she's gone I have this can of grease, which I can't cook with. Are there non-cooking options for using bacon grease? Like do plants like it in their soil? Or is it safe/good to compost? I heard you can make soap with it, but lye scares me. Sent by Sonia Editor: Sonia, good question! A few things we know: bacon grease is not compostable. (Not in a home composter, anyway.) A residential compost bin or pile doesn't get hot enough to sufficiently break down meat, bones, oils and fats. A small amount would be fine, but a whole can of grease wouldn't really work. We've also never heard of using it as a plant fertilizer. Hmmm... you have us stumped! We're going to throw this one out to our readers. Anyone have any non-cooking uses for bacon grease?
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