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The Grease Guide: What to do with Used Cooking Grease in Your Kitchen

From frying to sautéing, leftover frying oil, grease and other fats are common in the kitchen. While disposing of the extra grease and oil by pouring it down your kitchen’s drain may seem like the simple solution, you should never do this as it can result in costly damages. Don’t default to the drain, instead try these simple steps in reducing and reusing your kitchen’s fats and oils:

Reducing the amount of fat you use when cooking will reduce the amount of leftover grease you have to dispose of afterwards.

  • Rather than deep-frying your dish, try to roast or broil it in the oven.
  • When a recipe calls for fat, decrease the amount. For example, if the recipe calls for a tablespoon of fat, use a teaspoon instead. This not only reduces the amount of leftover grease, but it also reduces the amount of calories in your family’s dinner.
  • When frying a dish on the stove, try replacing oil or butter with small amounts of water.
  • When fixing meat, trim the extra fat off and throw it away before cooking the meat.
  • When buying meats at the market, choose leaner meats that contain less fat.
  • Never free pour fat; always measure them.

Reusing leftover fats in the kitchen prevents you from having to dispose of them.

Leftover fats and oils can be stored in a sealed container in the fridge and used in future cooking to add flavor to your recipes:

  • Use it for when recipes calls for oils and fats rather than purchasing more.
  • Use the leftover fat to grease pans or cast iron skillets.
  • Use it for frying, such as making potatoes or homemade fries.
  • Use a little to sauté veggies.
  • Use it as part of the base for pasta sauce.

After reducing and reusing your cooking grease, chances are you will still have some leftover to get rid of.  Do not pour it down the drain. The safest way to dispose of your leftover cooking oil is to throw it away in the trash. When disposing of it in the trash, you should do so in a safe, responsible manner:

  1. Let the grease completely cool in the pot or pan before trying to dispose of it.
  2. After it has cooled, pour the grease into a container that can be sealed such as a milk jug or peanut butter jar.
  3. Put the container in a plastic bag and then seal the bag.
  4. Dispose of the bagged container in your trash.
  5. Lastly, wipe down the pot or pan with a paper towel to soak up any extra grease before washing it.

Leftover grease is a reality in any kitchen whether it is commercial or residential, but fortunately, it is easy to reduce, reuse and dispose of. Prevent plumbing problems in your household or business by practicing proper grease disposal. Did you know that we offer used cooking oil pickup? You can receive top-dollar for your used cooking oil, and our team will do all of the work! For more information, call us today at 800-473-2733. 



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