Since money has been tighter, I have gone back to the ways of my mother and grandmother. I have learned that every good southern cook needs to have this item in the refrigerator. No, it isn't cottage cheese. I hate cottage cheese and the only reason we have that is because we have the resident health nut that thinks cottage cheese is dessert. He buys it himself. I won't waste a bit of the grocery budget on his cottage cheese obsession. My item is actually sitting on top of the cottage cheese in a little round dish. Our grandmothers and mothers had this item sitting on the stove in a special tin. They used it on a daily basis. I don't use it that much so I store mine in the refrigerator. I don't want it to go bad. Of course by now you probably realize I am talking about bacon grease. I don't use bacon grease as much as my grandmother. She used bacon grease to cook everything in including broccoli. I usually keep packages of bacon around to use as seasoning. If I cook green beans, I would roll up a piece of bacon and throw it in the pot with the onion. Now we aren't keeping bacon as much so I needed a way to get the seasoning without having to purchase a whole pack of bacon. I remembered my mom used bacon grease that she kept on her stove in a little tin that read "grease". Those days have gone by the way side, but the flavor of bacon still seasons things wonderful. I know most of you think I must be nuts to use grease to season anything, but I am southern so you will just have to bear with me and trust me on this one. Remember if you use bacon grease, a little goes a long way so be stingy with it! If I don't have bacon or ham to cook in my dried beans, I will add some bacon grease and they have a much better flavor. It is just another way to stretch my bucks and still have great flavor. If you aren't from the south, you might just want to skip this post all together. And if you live with a resident health nut, please don't EVER let him see you add bacon grease to any of your dishes. He will never trust you again...ask me how I know!!!
grace and peace,