Stop Bacon Splatter

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When you cook bacon on the stove, you can stop the splatter of grease on your stove and your hands and arms by putting a wadded up paper towel in the pan with the cooking bacon. The paper towel will absorb the excess grease as the bacon cooks. Add a second towel if you need to. When the bacon is cooked and the pan and the grease cooled; remove the towel and throw it away. I have been doing this for many years, and it never fails.


By Lizzyanny from Pacific Northwest

Bacon frying in ban with a wadded up paper towel and little grease.

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August 11, 20112 found this helpful

Gosh, I would have thought something like that would catch on fire! I will have to try it. I hate the mess that bacon splattering makes on my stovetop.

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August 11, 20110 found this helpful

That's a good point Eric. Bacon grease has a flash point (the temp at which it ignites) of 450 degrees. It has to be very hot and smoking to catch fire. Any oil or grease can be overheated and smoke or catch fire. I don't cook bacon at a very high temperature.


I am not sure why anyone would cook at a temperature that would cause grease to catch fire, but it is a good thing to be aware of. Bacon grease heated above 450 degrees will catch fire with or without a paper towel. Thanks for you input.

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August 11, 20111 found this helpful

You can also flour the bacon slices before cooking them and it helps with shrinkage and doesn't have as much grease. Good way to stretch out the bacon, old trick. Some may say you should not eat the flour and the grease, but, what is bacon besides 90% fat. It's the flavor people crave.

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August 11, 20113 found this helpful

I save very drop of bacon grease I can to cook with. Yes, I know it isn't good for you. And I don't use it every day. Mom always said "Eat what you like, only not much of it " So when I make green beans, sauerkraut or cornbread, I use bacon grease...can't beat it for taste.


When cooking bacon , bake it in the oven for less shrinkage and save the bacon grease in the fridge in a covered container. GG Vi

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January 16, 20140 found this helpful

The problem with that is some toxin chemicals are used to process paper towels and could be transferred to yor food. I'll pass on that one.

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