Mar 6, 2023

5 Ways to Dispose of Kitchen Fat


Crunchy fried chicken, sumptuous roast beef and vegetables, crispy potato chips, sizzling bacon and eggs … mmm, it’s enough to make your mouth water!  

Fried food is delicious, but it does leave behind a mess in the kitchen. Paper towel is perfect for wiping greasy baking trays or frypans and can be thrown in the bin.

Cleaning kitchen sink

Cleaning up after deep frying takes more work. Though it’s tempting, never pour oil or grease down the kitchen sink. As the oil cools, it solidifies and clings to the sides of the pipes. Over time, it builds up and can cause a blocked drain requiring a plumbing professional’s assistance. 

Oil can be reused if it’s strained and kept in the fridge. In fact, some foods like roast potatoes are crunchier and tastier when cooked in second-hand grease.  

Just remove any food particles, then filter the used fat through a sieve or coffee filter.

Put it in a container and leave in the fridge overnight. If any jelly forms on top, you can skim it off before use.  

Alternatively, you could pour the fat into an ice cube tray and place it in the freezer.  

How Many Times Can You Reuse Oil?

Oil that has been used to fry breadcrumbs or battered food can be used 3 or 4 times.  

Oil that has been used to fry less messy foods - like potato chips – can be reused up to 8 times.

Don’t reuse oil that’s been used to cook meat, however.

How to dispose of meat grease 

  • Any leftover cooking fat can be poured into a milk carton, used container or jar.
  • Keep it in the fridge until the container is full, then wrap the container in cling film or foil to avoid leaks.
  • Toss it into the bin on the day your household rubbish is collected.
  • This avoids any nasty smells and protects your drains from being clogged.

Best way to dispose of grease 

  • After shallow frying, wipe baking trays and frypans with paper towel, then use piping hot water and detergent to break down any left-over grease.
  • After deep frying, wait for the oil and grease to cool down.
  • It can then be poured or scraped into a container, such as an empty butter or margarine container.
  • When full, put it in a rubbish bag before throwing in the bin.

What are 5 ways to dispose of kitchen grease then? 

  1. Absorb it with paper towels
  2. Filter it for reuse 
  3. Fill ice cube trays and keep in the freezer
  4. Pour it into a used container in the fridge
  5. When full, put in the rubbish 

Remember, cooking fat doesn’t just clog your arteries – it can also clog your drainage, so it’s important to dispose of it in the correct way!

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