What Are Some Non-Cooking Uses For Bacon Grease?

Q: Before my dog Lulu passed away, we fried up some bacon for the lass and kept the bacon grease. I'm vegetarian, so now that she's gone I have this can of grease, which I can't cook with. Are there non-cooking options for using bacon grease? Like do plants like it in their soil? Or is it safe/good to compost? I heard you can make soap with it, but lye scares me.

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Faith is the executive editor of The Kitchn and the author of three cookbooks. They include Bakeless Sweets (Spring 2013) as well as The Kitchn's first cookbook, which will be published in Fall 2014. She lives in Columbus, Ohio with her husband Mike.

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