Know those "to-go" coffee cups? The ones with the little plastic lids that form a natural drinking spout? Instead of disposing of barely used cooking oil from your skillet after frying, use a rinsed out to-go coffee cup to pour it in. The cup can even be flattened slightly at the rim as your pour, to better accommodate the size of your skillet rim. Then pop the lid on the cup and use the drinking spout as a pour spout, to pour the oil back into its container.
The cup can withstand higher temperatures since it is made for hot coffee, but don't overdo it! This also works great for other liquids, and things such as sugar, rice, glitter, and seed beads as well.
Next, take the cup and stick it in your bag of charcoal, or your firewood box. Next time you grill out or light a fire, you have a handy fire-starter helper. Then don't forget to put the wood ashes in your compost bin!
By dollyslaffn from Darien, GA
Good and frugal ideas but I would caution against pouring that oil back in to new oil. Please read this info regarding cooking oil usage and storage:
Also, if the cups are of styrofoam type it's not a good idea to burn because it releases toxins but paper cups are safe :-)
I love the idea of using the oil to start a fire! Why didn't I think of that?!
Sheila in Springfield, IL
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