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Ditch The Drain: Smart Ways To Dispose Of Grease & Oil After Cooking

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When cooking dinner, you often end up with a lot of grease in your pans, especially after cooking items like bacon and ground beef or after deep-frying. Once you are finished, what do you do with that grease? Nearly half of all sewer overflows that happen in the United States are caused by grease and fat build-up from people dumping it all down their drain. Not only are you ruining the pipes in your city's sewers, but it can build up in your home's pipes, too, and it will eventually lead to costly repairs. If you don't know what to do with the fat and grease after dinner, here are some good tips for disposing of them.

Save it For Cooking

Saving your cooking grease and oil for cooking is one great way to reuse them. Buy a pack of mason jars and keep them in your kitchen just for this purpose. Having a few ice cube trays for cooking is a good idea, too. If you plan to use the grease in the next few days, pour it into a mason jar and stick it in the refrigerator. If you aren't sure when you are going to use it, put the jars in the freezer. Another great way to freeze grease is by pouring it into ice cube trays. This way you can pop out a few cubes as soon as you're ready to cook and throw them in the pan. Bacon grease is great for saving because it's a natural fat. You can use it to fry pork chops, fried chicken, or vegetables.

Let it Cool & Toss it

If you want to just throw away the fat or oil, let it sit in the pan for a couple of hours to cool. Bacon fat and other greases will harden as they sit. Once it gets soft, grab a spoon and scrape out the fat. Once most of it is in the trash, wipe the pan out with a wad of paper towels. Once the pan is wiped out, you can put it in the sink and wash the rest of the residue.


Many recycling centers take different types of waste that can't be poured down the drains. Most recycling centers take automotive grease or oil to keep people from dumping it in their yards and down their drains. If you call around, you can probably find a local recycling center that will take your cooking grease and oil, too. Contact a company like Tierra Environmental & Industrial Services for more information.

Throw it Out in Containers

While recycling is always the best option for plastic containers, sometimes you need to just throw things in the trash. You can save the plastic containers from lunch meat, butter, and other items to dispose of your grease and oil. After you finish cooking, let it cool so it is still liquid but not dangerously hot. Once it cools off a bit, pour it into the plastic containers, seal them tight, and toss them into the trash can.

Make Survival Lamps

You can make survival oil lamps with cooking oil. You can make homemade oil lamps with vegetable or olive oil and glass bottles. You can also use mason jars and fill the jars with lemon and orange slices, small pinecones, and other decorative objects that will make your lanterns look beautiful around you home.

Save For the Yard

There are different things you can do in the yard with old oil. When it snows, you can coat your snow shovel with it. It will make it easier to shovel the snow and keep the ice from sticking to the shovel. You can use a little vegetable oil in the compost, too. It makes good food for earthworms and helps them thrive in the garden.

The next time you cook, don't dump the old oil and grease down your sink. Either recycle it, put it in the trash can, or find a way to reuse it around your home.


1 February 2016