I'll be making some Whole Foods 365 Brand uncured bacon for breakfast.
Should I cook the eggs in the the bacon fat that remains in the pan,
toss it, and fry the eggs in an ounce of kerrygold pastured butter?
Please answer from a health perspective, not a taste or waste perspective.
Kerrygold butter and butter from grass-fed animals contain:
... which bacon does NOT contain.
I would go for the butter anytime.
Bacon grease is great when you need to cook at a temperature that is too high for butter -- when you need to sear meats, for instance. So I'd save the bacon grease in the fridge for that purpose, and cook my eggs in butter, which is arguably a healthier choice.
I drain the bacon grease until it's just covering the pan, hardly dripping at all. Then I fry the eggs. I use cast iron, which works particularly well for this sort of cooking (though butter does make the eggs stick a little less).
Butter actually contains more saturated fat than bacon grease, though it is true that grass-fed (pasture) butter has tons of good stuff for you, and should be the butter of choice for Paleoites. You should have little trouble comparing 100g of bacon grease to 100g of butter nutritionally, and you'll find they're mostly comparable, with the slight edge going to bacon (slightly less cholesterol, sodium - if using salted butter - and sat. fat).
My advice, if you've got the bacon grease hot from the bacon, fry your eggs in it. It's not any worse for you than butter, despite what many of us have been told. Use butter when you don't have the bacon grease or are looking for a sweeter, obviously butterier taste.
Despite loving coconut oil and using it all the time, I have trouble frying eggs in it. Probably user error.
Sorry what bacon grease? I eat mine, none left.... :) Seriously it seems to me that there is more "burning" when I use bacon grease than butter. But I do not know the chemistry behind. The fact is that we never know where our food comes from. I buy my bacon at a good location where I hope the animals have a good life and are aloud to feed naturally. But really I do not know. So I mix it up. Buy from different sources. Sometimes use bacon grease sometimes butter and sometimes coconut oil. We have to adopt...or start growing everything ourselves (I'm not ready for that yet :))
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