Many cooks love bacon grease to add flavor to sauteed vegetables and other recipes. Without making this a medical article, in exchange for the wonderful flavor that bacon grease can add to foods. bacon grease has negative effects on the brain, heart, and overall well-being of the body. But thankfully we will go over some bacon grease substitutes you can use for cooking.
An occasional bit of bacon grease to a recipe won’t kill you, but the flavor of bacon is a bit like potato chips. Once you eat one, you have difficulty stopping until you’ve consumed the whole bag.
And the same goes for bacon grease loving cooks. Once you start down that road, it’s hard to turn back.
Bacon Grease substitutes
And one alternative is surprisingly vegetarian. A company called Vegan Magic (formerly Magic Vegan Bacon Grease produces a patented Vegan bacon grease substitute that tastes surprisingly like the real thing and is decidedly healthier.
Made out of coconut oil, soy protein, sea salt, maple syrup, black pepper, onion, garlic, yeast and tinged with natural smoke flavor, if you are near a Whole Foods store or are willing to order online, for around $5 you can get the best natural alternative to the real thing, and it’s a whole lot healthier.
You can add it to Greens. Beans. Scramblers. Biscuits. Popcorn. Mac & Cheese and sauces in a thousand different ways.
An 8.5-ounce jar has 25 servings of vegetarian bacon ” grease,” and each serving, which is around 2 tablespoons, is only 10 calories per serving.
Two tablespoons of bacon grease have 7 times the calories and significantly more saturated fat.
Other Bacon Grease Substitutes
Olive oil, butter, ghee, vegetable oils such as safflower, corn, peanut, avocado & grapeseed oils, just to name a few, are all good bacon substitutes, but they don’t have near the flavor of bacon grease, which is why we recommend Vegan Magic.
One enterprising cook recommends cooking up real bacon, toweling off all the grease, and chopping it up into small pieces and coating the bacon up in olive oil.
We suppose that would work, for frying, but not for baking. And it seems like a lot of work.
One option is to make your own Vegan Magic substitute.
Whenever a company produces food, the list of ingredients is labeled so that the main ingredient is labeled first and so on, so you would want to start with coconut oil. Then add a bit of fried, vegetarian soy bacon, the seasonings, a touch of maple syrup, and some smoke flavor and you’ve got yourself a pretty darn good alternative.