Disposing of Cooking Oil and Grease

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March 3, 2010

Need an easy way to dispose of leftover grease from frying? Empty your kitchen sink, and put a piece of wide tin foil in the sink. Push the foil into the drain to make a little cup. Do not put any holes in the foil, then place 2 pieces of paper towel in on top.

Place a colander over the paper towel. Drain whatever you are cooking. It will collect on top of tin foil or paper towel. Gather and close up the foil so that grease does not spill. Instead of throwing it into the garbage, I put it at the bottom of the freezer to harden. Then I throw it away on garbage day.

By Liz Erickson from Branchville, NJ

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To dispose of grease, I freeze it. First, I let it cool slightly and then pour it into a small plastic container to freeze. When frozen, I give the container a twist and it pops out like an ice cube. I drop it into the bag of frozen food waste that I keep in the freezer until garbage collection day.

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The Land O Lakes Butter Spread container works great for this. It is soft and flexible. I keep the container in the freezer beside the bag of food waste and use it over and over.

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Fats, Oils, and Grease (aka FOG) isn't a well known environmental issue, but it is an issue in which everyone contributes. I encourage you to follow these simple steps to keep fats, oils, and grease out of the sewer system.

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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.

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We shred everything with critical information on it so I always have a good supply of shredded paper. When I have fat or any kind of cooking liquid I don't want going down my sink drain, I fill a can or a whipped cream bowl with "shreddings" and pour it in the bowl.

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We keep a large can in the freezer where we pour our cooking grease from cooked ground beef, baked chicken, etc. Any liquid grease goes in the can until it is full.

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March 20, 2012

When the foil cat treat bag like Purina Whisker Lickin' Tender Moments is empty, do not throw it away. Instead, let your grease cool after cooking and then then pour it into the little bag and zip it shut.

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I save empty foil type coffee bags for disposal of grease drippings. I don't want to pour it down my sink drain and risk clogs nor do I want it puddling in the bottom of my kitchen trash bag.

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Instead of trying to find a place for grease that you use to cook, I save a coffee can and put it all into the can. When the can is full, I throw it out. This helps keep my drains clear.

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Of course, I never pour it down the drain, but if it ends up in the kitchen trash bag, I often have drips on the floor after carrying it to the dumpster. So I use whatever empty can, soup, vegetables, whatever I have on hand, then put it into the freezer.

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I of course reuse all my plastic store bought food tubs, as it saves me major money on leftovers storage, but here is a tip for disposal of old fryer grease.

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To avoid clogged sinks, I usually pour leftover grease and cooking oil into an old can. I had problems with clogged sinks, because I could never get all of the grease or oil out of the pan no matter how hard I tried.

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December 12, 2016

Any ideas for a non-recyclable container larger than a butter dish to use for disposal of kitchen grease or oil? I cook roasts in a larger crock pot and need something larger.

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December 12, 20160 found this helpful

I use the large product bags from my supermarket. I double or triple them, wait for the grease to cool, pour the grease into the bags and tie them securely. Then throw in the trash.

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December 12, 20160 found this helpful

While they're still hot or warm, I just pour the drippings off into a heat-resistant dish ( like Pyrex ovenware, 1 or 2 qt.) and set it aside until the contents are at room temperature. I save bread/roll/bagel bags, pour liquified or scrape anything solidified into them, twist tie and discard with trash.

Have also used gallon sized storage or freezer baggies in the same way, on those days when I've prepped veggies or whatever for the meal and previously stored them in those; just hang onto them for the oil cleanup instead of tossing immmediately after getting dinner in the crockpot or stovetop or oven.

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December 12, 20160 found this helpful

You can use crock pot liners since they are heat resistant and large enough to accommodate the grease. Just put the liner in a heat-resistant bowl, fill with grease and stuff, then tie off and dispose when cool.

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December 13, 20161 found this helpful

You can also recycle fat!
A bucket of sand with old oil poured in makes a handy cleaner for garden tools. Just plunge them in the sand, and they come up clean and shiny. Then you might be able to think of a winter use for the sand; maybe as an aid when your car wheels aren't gripping, or on steps that are slippy.

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Make a bird cake with left-overs to feed the birds.

But most of all, fat can be re-used in the kitchen. Pour your excess into a large bowl, and use as necessary.
Also the gravy that jellies beneath the fat enriches stocks.
Don't waste a valuable food - fat is not the demon it has been made out to be!

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December 13, 20160 found this helpful

coffee cans, ice cream cartons (line w a plastic bag if necessary, milk cartons, (cut off the top w a sharp knife.

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December 7, 2011

At one time, when you had grease you would put the grease into a used coffee tin container. What is the best way to dispose of the grease these days?

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December 8, 20110 found this helpful

I put mine in a glass bottle I've recycled, put it in the freezer until I take it to the trash.

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March 1, 2010

I recycle my glass jars and tin cans. When it comes time to drain off grease from having fried bacon or other greasy food, it's hard for me to find a suitable way to dispose of it. This has proven to be a quick cleanup way to take care of the mess.

Line a heat tolerant bowl with aluminum foil. Pour the hot grease you've drained off into the lined bowl. When it has hardened, simply gather the edges of the foil and toss it into the garbage.

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Source: Picked up this idea from a friend who is not only a good cook but also a clever one.

By Sandy from Elon, NC

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Disposing of Bacon and Cooking Grease

I also recycle jars but I think it's reasonable to sacrifice one to hold bacon fat or used cooking oil. I use a glass jar and I keep it in the fridge till it's full, then it goes in the trash.

The foil method is ok for fat that hardens, but cooking oil needs a rigid container with a lid. (08/24/2009)

By OliveOyl

Disposing of Bacon and Cooking Grease

Granted, I don't eat a lot of bacon in my house, but if you're frying enough to eventually fill a glass jar with the fat, why throw it away. Why don't you use it. My mom would save hers in a crock and use it to fry other things.

Cook some popcorn in bacon drippings and you'll never go back to any other kind again. (08/24/2009)

By Corene

Disposing of Bacon and Cooking Grease

I do the same thing. I save all my jars, plastic too, with the lids. Then when I have oil or grease to dispose of, I just fill it up and throw it away.

I save little 2 oz jars too, they really come in handy for that little bit of oil. Since I don't fry much, I am guilt free about throwing away one or two on occasion. Sometimes you have leftovers that need throwing away too and may have more liquid than you want to put in the garbage. Just put them in one of these jars and throw them away.

I don't have a garbage disposal so this is the way I dispose of them. Keeps ants and animals away from my garbage can since they can't smell it in the jars.

I save those large juice containers for the times when I use my deep fryer for fish. I don't save fish oil so you have a lot of oil there. But one of the large juice containers works great. I use a funnel sometime to put in in the jar or just pour it into a measuring cup with a spout and that makes it easier to then pour it into the juice container. (08/26/2009)

By eve

Disposing of Bacon and Cooking Grease

I put some of my bacon grease in my dog's dried dog food. (08/29/2009)

By darlene

Disposing of Bacon and Cooking Grease

Why dispose of your bacon grease? I keep ours and use it to make Roux. Then use this to thicken soups, stews and gravies (09/13/2009)

By Dave

Disposing of Bacon and Cooking Grease

I use my g-spout to strain and then pour with no mess either my bacon grease into a old can with lid or for my old cooking oil I use my g-spout to pour it into a closed container and then I drop it off at my local Whole Foods where they in turn turn it into bio-diesel for their fleet. Never ever pour grease or oil down the sink, it is really bad for your sewer and county pipes as well as the environment. (10/05/2009)

By Kimber Ha

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August 24, 2009

I save the jars and lids that I get whenever I purchase tomato sauce and mayonnaise. When I have bacon drippings or old oil from fried foods, I pour the fat into these jars. When the jar gets full, I put the top back on and put the jar in the trash. This will prevent your drains from being clogged with this oil and keep your trash cans from getting messy inside.

-Uyvonne

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Using Cans

Whenever I use something in a can, I rinse the can out. Then when I cook ground beef, I drain the fat into the can. When the fat has cooled and hardened, I throw away both with no mess and no fat sitting around!(11/20/2004)

By Camilla

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August 24, 2009

I save cleaned out glass jars to drain grease from frying bacon or hamburger.

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