December 21, 2004
Some people (mostly yankees) don't seem to understand a few basic facts of life that I learned as a young boy. First, you DO NOT put milk and sugar on grits. Second, you NEVER pronounce "y'all" with two syllables. Third, NOBODY with an ounce of pride drinks hot tea.
Bejus! My idea of a nightmare is to have someone serve me grits with milk and sugar, a cup of hot tea and then say, "YOU-ALL enjoy your breakfast." I see a case for justifiable homicide there.
But, I digress. What I really wanted to write about is bacon grease.
If you check out any decent Southern cook's kitchen, I guarantee that you'll find a big container of bacon grease among the rest of the herbs and spices used to season food. Bacon grease is the all-purpose Southern seasoning and it's good in almost ANYTHING.
The cook makes bacon for breakfast, but he or she SAVES the grease (or "the drippins") for later use. Put the grease in a container and allow the sediments to settle to the bottom. Then, you use the grease off the top when you cook something else.
Yeah, it's bound to clog your arteries, give you heart attacks and make you die before your time, just as it did some of my 90 year-old relatives. We once picked fresh greens from a spring garden, chopped them up in a bowl and had hot bacon grease as our salad dressing. That was called a "cracklin' salad" because you could almost hear the lettuce scream when that hot bacon grease hit it. It was damned good, too.
Biscuits, cornbread, beans, potatoes--- you name it. It's ALWAYS better if you season it with some bacon grease. I keep a container on MY counter and I use it almost every time I cook. I sometimes add a spoonful of bacon grease when I make boiled peanuts. It's good in EVERYTHING.
If you throw away bacon grease, you need to be dragged off and shot.
I use left over bacon grease on my dogs food if they get sick. Fixes them everytime. Course you don't know nothing about no collards do ya.
I keep my bacon grease in the fridge and I strain it before adding it to the jar.
Now take some of those left over pinto beans and mash them up in some hot bacon grease for some good refried beans. Fry up some corn tortillas, and put refried beans and cheese in them for some bean rolls. Talk about good! Oh, and add a side of guacamole.
I've never used bacon grease in roux, but I've been kicked out of homes for chastising folks who cooked sausage and then not make gravy with the drippins...
Once upon a time, my wife threw out an entire mason jar of bacon grease from the fridge.......my household was not a happy one for a while after that ;)
I'm also an Illinois Yankee.
My 91 year old mother used to come home from school to a slice of home made bread slathered with bacon grease. Didn't seem to hurt her or her three siblings any, they all made it into their 80's.
I agree with Mamamontezz there ain't nothin' like frying your eggs in fresh bacon grease, mush too and having it with real maple syrup.
I had people tell me I didn't know how to eat grits, (butter and a little salt), never liked the sugar and milk.
Tea should be cold in hot weather but it gets really cold up here in the winter (going to be below zero soon according to the forecast) so it helps having it hot in the winter.
I'd love to try your boiled peanuts, Acid Man. Also enjoy your blog.
Saturday breakfast at Mamaw's house:
Fried ham (the salt-cured kind)
Fried potatoes (in bacon grease)
Scrambled eggs (in bacon grease)
Biscuits (Mamaw used to put bacon grease on 'em before she put 'em in the oven.....ummmmm, crispy!)
Gravy (made with bacon grease)
And, of course, afterward, drag the leftover biscuits through a plateful of sorghum molasses mashed up with big chunk of butter.
And for the kids?? Chocolate gravy.
Mamaw and Papaw both lived into their 90s, by the way.
I've been living in Yankeeland for over 10 years; I've got to get back home.
Ya know Acid, for some reason I enjoy your blog most when you write non-political hodge-podge. It makes me want to like you ... even more.
In the words of my Sr. Drill Instructor SSGT. Curtis (USMC) ...
Out - Fucking - Standing!
The only blog I have read that was worth my time or effort to read!
Heres one for you to ponder....
When I call an AMERICAN bank, using an AMERICAN phone system, why in the Hell do I have to press 1 to speak in english???
Actually I've never heard of sugar and milk with grits. Sounds disgusting.