12 Ways To Reuse Leftover Bacon Grease While Camping

Bacon is a delicious staple for a ton of meals. However, bacon usually leaves a lot of grease behind.  Before you throw this away, let's talk about what to do with leftover bacon grease while camping!

Substitute bacon grease for butter, lard, or cooking oil

The first way to reuse grease is simple: substitute it for other cooking oils. 


Cook fresh bacon in the old grease

You can also use old bacon grease to spice up new bacon! Plus, once you're done, you can simply pour off the grease and replenish your stock. It's a perfect cycle.


Make baconaise

There are lots of recipes to follow, but most include bacon grease, egg yolks, lemon juice, vegetable oil, and a bit of mayonnaise. You can also add chunks of bacon, herbs, onions, or spices.


Use it in pie crust

Lard or butter is an essential ingredient in homemade pie crusts. But if you don't have any on hand, you can use leftover bacon grease instead.


Improve simple meals

Bacon grease can also work as an all-purpose flavor boost. When you're camping, you might get tired of eating the same thing every day. Add a bit of leftover bacon grease and see how easy it is to elevate basic food!


Make salad dressing

You can make a warm vinaigrette out of apple cider vinegar and bacon grease. This is great when you drizzle it over spinach salads.


Prevent pot overboiling

 Cooking over a campfire or stove is great, but it's not fun when the pot boils and overflows. If you want to avoid this problem, try adding a bit of bacon grease to the pot.


Season cast iron pans

Cast iron pans are a camper's best friend! After you clean the pan, simply rub some grease into the surface and heat the pan until the grease clings to the metal. Wipe off any excess and store the pan for later!


Use leftover bacon grease as a fire starter

Sometimes it's hard to get a campfire going, especially if you left the lighter fluid at home. No worries! Bacon grease is flammable, so you can use it to start a fire. Just rub some grease on your kindling sticks and/or newspaper and light it up.


Lubricate squeaky metal

Whether it's a door hinge, vehicle part, or camping item, you can apply some bacon grease to keep it moving smoothly. I bet you never thought you could use bacon grease instead of WD-40!


Make a bug trap


Mix bacon grease with vegetable oil and place it in a small bowl. The smell of the bacon will attract bugs, and the vegetable oil will coat their bodies and make it impossible for them to climb out of the bowl.

Waterproof layer

Finally, bacon grease can be used as a water-repellent layer. You can rub it over the surface of your rain fly, umbrella, or anything else that needs to stay dry.