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Bacon Grease Sandwiches

Have you ever eaten a bacon grease sandwich? It sounds rather disgusting, doesn't it? Well, I have to admit that I have eaten a few of them but it was several decades ago. I was just a kid at the time. I was stupid. And I had no clue there was a connection between what we ate and the state of our health. I would never, ever eat one now.

My mother was born in what was then called Czechoslovakia and she spent her teenage years smack dab in the middle of World War II. It was quite traumatic for her.

One of the horrors she and her family faced was a very serious shortage of food. All the supply chains were disrupted by the war, farmers were off fighting instead of planting crops and tending to animals, and croplands turned to battlefields. Every morsel of food that was acquired was savored and there was zero food waste.

Meat was especially hard to come by. Occasionally my mother's family would get hold of some bacon. When they were done cooking the bacon they would pour all the grease into a jar and save it. Later, when they were able to procure some bread, they would take a knife and scoop out a portion of solidified bacon grease and spread it over a piece of bread (usually rye bread), much like nowadays we would spread peanut butter on a piece of bread. And then they would eat it, grateful that they even had something to eat and happy they had something that at least had the flavor of meat.

Hearing our mother tell this story, we kids were grateful that we lived in America and that the war was over. But she did not just tell the story. Even though food was plentiful in our home my mother still saved all the bacon grease from whenever she cooked bacon. It was a habit and a conditioned response to her fear of not having enough food that she developed from her wartime experiences.

So she not only told us her war stories but she also served us kids bacon grease sandwiches--not very often but occasionally. Naturally, I ate them because I was a stupid and hungry kid. I ate any and all food placed in front of me. It seemed I never got enough. I was like a bottomless food pit. As a kid I could eat endless amounts of food, yet despite this I remained skinny as a bean pole throughout my childhood years. My dad even called me "Bean Pole" on occasion. Everyone was flabbergasted by how I could remain skinny while consuming such copious amounts of food. (I wish that were still true.)

So yes, as a kid I occasionally ate bacon grease sandwiches. And guess what? I liked them! Back then I found them to be quite tasty. Of course, now the very thought of them makes me gag. Plus I imagine they are a sure-fire way to have a coronary.

So have you ever eaten a bacon grease sandwich? Do tell. What is the weirdest thing you ate as a child that you would never eat now?


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Comments

UK_Writer wrote on January 25, 2015, 5:07 PM

I've not eaten one, nor would I, but that "grease" is just animal fat - and full of flavour. When I was growing up my mother always had a bowl of "dripping" in the fridge, which is the same thing - the drippings from cooked meat, the fat, saved and solidified, then spread onto bread as a sandwich.

bestwriter wrote on January 25, 2015, 10:38 PM

Those days it was a survival issue I guess and at that time anything is good enough to survive as long as it is not poison. I too was a victim of world war II and we too had problems getting food.

melon1234 wrote on January 27, 2015, 4:39 PM

I have never eaten one of these and I doubt I would! We only ever save the oil for cooking fried meats later on if we run out of oil!

Hollyhocks100 wrote on January 30, 2015, 7:07 AM

We had little pot that all fat from roast meats and bacon was put into, we called it the dripping jar. I loved nothing better than toast and dripping with a sprinkle of salt on top, especially the jelly that settled on the bottom of the jar and was the most delicious. Nowadays, most people don´t cook with lard and don´t keep the dripping or fat, but it was delicious.

GayleStorm wrote on February 4, 2015, 12:09 PM

It's really amazing what people will do in stressful situations to get a sense of normalcy. I don't think I'd try a bacon grease sandwich but probably would've as a child.

Harmony wrote on February 5, 2015, 9:47 AM

I have not eat any of such sandwich, i actually avoid anything from meat now

lucyluuk wrote on February 7, 2015, 1:03 PM

My husband's father eats this and he has had a triple heart bypass, he still eats them. I personally think is sounds one of the most disgusting things ever!

Jacobb9205 wrote on June 3, 2015, 3:19 PM

Nope, I've never had a bacon grease sandwich, I like sandwiches, but not bacon ;)

Shellyann36 wrote on July 25, 2015, 11:24 PM

My mama was very poor when she was growing up. She also at bacon grease sandwiches. I can remember her telling me that they would mix the bacon grease with homemade tomato keptchup and then eat it with biscuits.

LeaPea2417 wrote on December 14, 2015, 11:00 PM

I have never even heard of this type of sandwich and it does sound disgusting. But I do understand that if a food shortage is going on due to a war, people will eat most anything so that they don't starve.

lookatdesktop wrote on December 25, 2015, 12:25 PM

As a child I made mayonnaise sandwiches but placed tomato slices on the bread and mayo and pressed the sandwich then opened it back up and placed the tomato back on the other sandwich. I ate the one with the tomato but my little brother enjoyed the mayo and tomato flavored sandwich. I added pepper to it for extra flavor. Yum Yum. Also, I heard that people once took potato slices and made potato coffee from it. I often enjoy putting mayonnaise on crackers with my coffee. Pretty good eating even if it's basically starvation survival food. Yumm.

My wife saves bacon grease and uses it in pinto beans and on collard, turnip and mustard greens and Kale. I have gone so far as to have a mustard on a biscuit. Not that good but it beats starving.

Last Edited: December 25, 2015, 12:28 PM