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Old 03-15-2009, 09:52 PM   #11
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Good job Michael, we all should be more responsible
I like this idea. Thank you
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Old 03-22-2009, 05:06 PM   #12
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It would probably smell really funny, but you could conceivably make soap out of it. I'll have to try that sometime. :x

Would probably work best with half coconut oil or so. I wouldn't want to use it on my body, but it might make a good dish soap/laundry soap.
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Old 03-22-2009, 05:17 PM   #13
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It's not a good idea to put it down the drain, or outside, where it can get into the water table. Congealed cooking grease is a major source of clogged municipal drains.
Aren't grease and oil two different entities? Grease clogs drains, oil just doesn't mix well with water but it doesn't become a solid. I found a few sites that said if you are composting adding cooking oil is acceptable if you do it slowly over a period of time. If it's okay for your compost pile, lightly spreading it in your back 40 isn't going to affect the municipal water system. And I'm talking oil, not grease.

I'm not saying it's okay to pour it down the drain, I wouldn't; but cooking oil won't clog the water system if you pour it into the land.
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:12 PM   #14
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I do much like Michael. There is a restaurant 2 blocks away that DH used to work at and when he was there they told him to bring our fryer oil (they know I cater and use a lot) and they would dispose of it with theirs. He left there 2 years ago but they still take our oil.....and give us a free pizza once a month for it!!!

Works out nicely!
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:24 PM   #15
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Aren't grease and oil two different entities? Grease clogs drains, oil just doesn't mix well with water but it doesn't become a solid. I found a few sites that said if you are composting adding cooking oil is acceptable if you do it slowly over a period of time. If it's okay for your compost pile, lightly spreading it in your back 40 isn't going to affect the municipal water system. And I'm talking oil, not grease.

I'm not saying it's okay to pour it down the drain, I wouldn't; but cooking oil won't clog the water system if you pour it into the land.
Sorry, I was using grease to mean cooking oil, but you're right - grease is rendered animal fat, not vegetable oil, which I presume is what is being used for frying.

I don't know what sites you were looking at, but this link - "cooking oil" clog municipal drains site:*.gov - Google Search - is Google search results for that search string.

Lots of local governments warn that cooking oil can congeal (it doesn't have to be solid), especially in colder climates, and clog municipal drains or make it difficult for local water treatment plants to do their jobs.
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:31 PM   #16
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Sorry, I was using grease to mean cooking oil, but you're right - grease is rendered animal fat, not vegetable oil, which I presume is what is being used for frying.

I don't know what sites you were looking at, but this link - "cooking oil" clog municipal drains site:*.gov - Google Search - is Google search results for that search string.

Lots of local governments warn that cooking oil can congeal (it doesn't have to be solid), especially in colder climates, and clog municipal drains or make it difficult for local water treatment plants to do their jobs.
I understand but the laymen thought process is that cooking oil and grease are one in the same. However, those studies are limited because they don't presuppose that oil cannot freeze or congeal like grease. I left a vat of cooking oil out in the extreme weather we had this year in a metal container no less and it never solidified, nor does the oil in your car. I believe the "warnings" are a general public warning out of fear that oil and grease aren't differentiated in the general public. However, in a cooking forum, it's prudent to be aware of the differences.

The sites I looked at were composting sites. Vegetable oil is safe to compost which means it is safe to pour on the ground and cannot leach into water supplies or sewer systems. According the the composting sites I visited, cooking oil is biodegradable and does not pose a ecological threat.
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Old 03-22-2009, 07:47 PM   #17
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Interesting information about adding used oil to compost. I might try that if there's any left after my outside kitties are fed.
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Old 03-22-2009, 08:57 PM   #18
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Yes it is. Add some, stir the pile if you have a pile verses box, and then wait a day. Add some again and stir.

I was thinking that some municipalities might warn against all oils because of motor oil. There are still some that just don't get it and still dump motor oil which truly peeves me off that they do
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