There are a number of different types of cooking oil on the market today and each is suited to a particular style of cooking. Peanut oil is the preferred choice for deep-frying turkeys, while olive oil is used to sauté onions and garlic before they’re added to other foods. When oil is used sparingly, it’s usually absorbed into the food, but when larger amounts are used, or when meat is fried, there’s the matter of disposing the leftover cooking oil or grease. Many people think that because it’s liquid, it can be poured down the sink or flushed down the toilet, but it doesn’t stay liquid for long. As it cools, the grease can solidify and clog pipes, leading to backups and expensive plumbing issues. Here are three alternatives for cooking oil disposal that won’t cost you money in the long run.
Cooking Oil Disposal Tips
Store and reuse the grease. Cooking with reused grease is a great way to impart extra flavor into food. Rendered bacon fat adds a delicious taste to eggs and potatoes that no amount of spices can match. If you plan to use the fat immediately after cooking the bacon, carefully pour it into a cool frying pan away from the stove. This way, if there are any spills, the grease won’t land on a hot burner and start a fire. Allow the pan to head up and cook eggs, potatoes, French toast, or other items. If you plan to use it later, let the grease cool but not harden completely. Once it’s cool enough to handle, pour it into a glass jar, like a canning jar, or a metal coffee can. Never use a plastic container because the hot grease will melt through it. Cover the container with a layer of cheesecloth and store in the refrigerator. Use within 6 months in any recipes that call for ingredients to be fried or sautéed.
Use the grease to make suet cakes for birds. This is a good project for the kids during the winter, when birds need the extra energy from fat to stay warm. Pour the slightly cooled grease into cupcake liners to cool completely, or allow the grease to cool in the pan and scoop it out with your hands and form it into balls. Roll the balls in birdseed until they’re completely covered and hang them in suet cages or mesh produce bags outside. For best results, use suet cakes during winter or when the outside temperatures are still cool, to avoid having the grease become rancid and make the birds ill.
Discard the oil in the trash. You can throw oil and grease into the garbage, but they must be handled correctly to avoid causing problems that can lead to messes or injuries. Allow the grease to cool until it can be easily handled and remove any chunks of breading or burned food. If grease solidifies completely, it can be discarded in the garbage. If it remains liquid after cooling, it can be poured into a disposable container and thrown away. This is a good way to get one last use out of a product container that can’t be recycled.
These methods of dealing with used cooking oil and grease only take a few more minutes than pouring them down the drain or toilet, but they save you a great deal of aggravation and money because you won’t have to deal with pipes that clog repeatedly or pay for regular, expensive visits from the plumber. You may discover new ways to add delicious flavors to your cooking, or find a good way to attract more wild birds to your backyard.
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