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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:

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Preventing Oil Theft

As odd as it may sound, your used cooking oil is extremely valuable. It can be recycled and converted into so many useful things, including biodiesel. Thieves are well aware of how useful and valuable your used cooking oil, or “yellow gold” (as they call it) is, and they’ll go to great lengths to steal it from your business’s kitchen.

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Stopping Grease Fires

Grease fires can be extremely dangerous, and are one of the leading causes of house and restaurant fires. The majority of grease fires occur on stovetops, and they can get out of hand in a matter of seconds. The steps to put out a grease fire are different than that of a normal fire, and knowing these steps can prevent injury and stop the fire from aggressively spreading. It is extremely important that you never use water to put out a grease fire because it will end up splashing the grease and spreading the fire. Also, never attempt to pick up and move the source of the fire as this can lead to very serious injuries.

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Grease Trap Maintenance 101

Grease traps can be a restaurant’s or commercial kitchen’s worst nightmare if not well maintained. Grease trap maintenance performed on a routine schedule is key for businesses to keep their drains running smoothly, avoid costly repairs, and keep kitchens sanitary for its customers.

Grease traps are created to stop fats, oils or grease (FOG) from entering the sewer lines. Restaurants produce such high quantities of grease during its daily activities, causing grease traps to become clogged or backed up if not routinely cleaned and inspected. Learn why grease trap maintenance is essential to the future success of your restaurant or commercial kitchen:

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What is SSO?

SSO stands for Sanitary Sewer Overflow, which occurs when a mixture of rainwater, groundwater, and untreated sewage is discharged into the environment before it reaches a water treatment facility. One of the main causes of SSO is draining fats, oils, and grease (FOG) into sinks instead of proper recycling or disposing of them.

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