When I mentioned it to my honey, he was surprised and said that his family did too! Neither of us remembered when that can disappeared. My honey thinks it was in the late 70s with all the information on heart disease. I have no idea when it happened at my house, but there hasn't been a can on the stovetop for a long time.
But there's something comforting and homey in a can with bacon grease in it, at least for me. And when I searched the world wide interweb, I noticed other people like it too! There are lots of vintage grease holders on ebay for purchase and the blogger behind southernplate.com has an entire post dedicated to bacon grease.
There are recipes, fun facts and a lot of photos of bacon grease containers. Interestingly, not one of them are old tin cans, like mine is. She's even got this great World War II era Disney cartoon about bacon grease. Apparently, it helped win the war. Who knew?
I'm just hoping my leftover bacon grease will make that cornbread tasty!