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Old 03-01-2005, 01:07 AM   #1
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Discarding used oil/fat

How do you all discard drippings or used grease from cooking? I've always wondered what the "proper" way of disposing of it. (aka earth friendly w/o being too much of a pain in the butt.) Just toss it into the garbage?

In the past I have put it into an empty tin can and froze it and then tossed the frozen oil. What have you done? Any suggestions?

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Old 03-01-2005, 01:13 AM   #2
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I usually just wait until it's cool then toss in garbage. If I have a tin can around Iwill toss hot oil into that if I need to.
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Old 03-01-2005, 02:27 AM   #3
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I keep a coffee can around and pour my grease that I want to discard into it (anything but bacon or pork sausage drippings!). When it's full I toss it in the garbage. I live in an apartment so I have a dumpster and don't have to worry about a greasy garbage can ... if you have a house you might try putting your "grease can" in the freezer and then tossing it into the garbage in the morning when you put the garbage our for pickup.

The worms in the soil at the landfill eat it.
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Old 03-01-2005, 05:29 AM   #4
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I never thought of freezing the oil. Good idea. The stuff doesn't solidify in the refrigerator, I know. Bacon grease does, but I usually keep that. I put chicken skin ,etc. in the freezer and get rid of it on "garbage day".

Michael how do you know that the worms in the landfill eat it? Just curious. :)
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Old 03-01-2005, 11:32 AM   #5
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I'm hoping just tossing it in the garbage isn't too bad for the environment, not that I would have an alternative. :?

Guess it'll be to the freezer in a can and then to the dumpster then.
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Old 03-01-2005, 11:38 AM   #6
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htc, it is biodegradable so I think the environment will be OK. Also...hope this doesn't gross you out, if you leave the can open often the scavenger birds and bugs etc will eat the fat. Many birds need fat, especially in the winter, so you are doing a service to the birdies.
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Old 03-01-2005, 11:41 AM   #7
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Thanks Alix, now I don't feel so guilty. :D
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Old 03-01-2005, 11:42 AM   #8
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I have a can I keep in the freezer just for this. When it is full then I put it out on trash day.
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Old 03-01-2005, 11:52 AM   #9
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I'm like everybody else. I keep a tin can in the frige and pour extra grease into that.

When I get rid of the oil from my deep-fryer, I pour the oil back into the bottle I bought it in, then dump that into the trash.

If you have A LOT of used oil, like several gallons, check if any of your local restaurants will let you dump it into their grease bin. All that excess oil gets recycled into other things.
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Old 03-01-2005, 10:15 PM   #10
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Michael how do you know that the worms in the landfill eat it? Just curious.
Because my grandpa said so.

Actually, when I was a child I asked Grandpa why he always poured leftover grease in the same area in the back yard ... he said it was to feed the worms. He might have been crazy, but that is where we dug for worms to go fishing ... and we always had more worms than we could use.
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