There are always new products debuting at the grocery store, but sometimes those “new” products have been around longer than, well, grocery stores themselves. The latest product to get a makeover is bacon grease, now available in shelf-stable tubs.

My inner geezer cackled at the thought of someone spending seven dollars on a tub of bacon grease, rather than buying bacon, frying it and having both plenty of the bacon-flavored renderings and crispy bacon for days. My more practical self, however, had to acknowledge that perhaps it would be worth foregoing the bacon strips if it meant not having to clean grease spatters off the stove.

Bernice Torregrossa: bernice92@aol.com.

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Bailey Jones

When I was a kid in Mineral Wells, our neighbor had a huge iron cauldron in the backyard for grease - right next to the line of giant catfish heads from the Brazos hanging on our shared chain link fence.

These days I like to buy pork belly and render it down for the lard.

Gary Miller

When visiting my wifes family in Germany I was reintroduced to Pork fat. They render pork skins and save the fat (lard) with crumbled pork skins. Used as a substitute for margerin. Tastes better than butter and better for you to boot. Took me back 88 years when mom and granny used bacon fat to cook.

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