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Old 07-16-2007, 09:51 PM   #1
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What to do with cooking grease?

I have an outdoor cooker that we use on occasions to cook turkeys, fries, wings and fish for large groups. The problem with this cooker is maintaining the grease that we use. I normally reuse the grease until I can smell the food that's been cooked in it before. That usually will be 10 uses for a big commercial size jug you can find at Costco.
My question is really for people with experience in cooking with large amounts of grease. What type of container do you store it in. I have just been using the container it comes in. That poses a problem in my mind because when I go to clean the pot the day after we use it I have been dumping the used grease in with the unused grease. Also, how long should I be able to use the same batch of grease? What other types of containers can I store the used grease in?
Any safety concerns?

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Old 07-16-2007, 10:18 PM   #2
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Try to find a used 5 gal PVC pickle bucket, with lid. You should be able to get a free-of-charge from any burger joint; just ask the manager.

Be sure to clean it out good, scrub it well with soapy water, and rinse. If it still smells of dill (and it probably will), try scrubbing with some baking soda. You may have to do this several times before all the smell goes away. You may even have to let it air out for several days or even weeks.

Once you do start storing oil in it, keep it labelled, and keep the lid tightly closed.
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Old 07-16-2007, 10:43 PM   #3
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Be sure to clean it out good, scrub it well with soapy water, and rinse. If it still smells of dill (and it probably will), try scrubbing with some baking soda. You may have to do this several times before all the smell goes away. You may even have to let it air out for several days or even weeks.
rede2learn, you should also stuff the container with newspapers. Newspaper has a wonderful capacity for removing smells from many things. I've removed musty smells from many things by stuffing with newspapers and removing and stuffing again until the smell goes away.
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I have a deep fryer, and I use canola oil in it, 1 gallon at a time. After about 5 uses on potatoes, 3 uses with battered foods and/or items containing meat products such as egg rolls or empenada, or 1 use with fish, out it goes.

To store it, I pour it back into the original 1 gallon container through a gold coffee filter stuffed inside a huge funnel.

To recycle the old oil, find someone who has a vehicle with a biodiesel engine. They're always grateful for donations.
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Old 07-17-2007, 01:24 PM   #5
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I mix leftover oils/fats, little at a time, into our outdoor kitties' food. This is especially good for them in the wintertime to give them extra calories to stay warm. Our kitties eat pretty well. Even veggies.
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Old 07-17-2007, 05:14 PM   #6
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and it doesn't give the kitties the runs, Katie?

I've thought of doing that for our doggies but they don't need another excuse to poop in front of the TV or down in the basement.

We don't use as much grease as rede seems to, so I pour all mine into an empty 3-lb coffee can and when it's full I freeze it until the next garbage day.
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No, never had any poopie problems with our kitties. We don't mix a lot in each tray of food, so I guess it's why they handle it as well as they do.
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I mix leftover oils/fats, little at a time, into our outdoor kitties' food. This is especially good for them in the wintertime to give them extra calories to stay warm. Our kitties eat pretty well. Even veggies.
You do that too?!?!?! I used to think we were weird for doing it, but the outdoor cats just love it. They arenít even our cats, but my DW canít help but feed them when they come up. They arenít as picky as our indoor cats which, for some reason, believe they deserve caviar topped tuna served in a golden bowl three times a day.

Weíve tried all kinds of different can cat foods as treats for them, and they regularly turn their noses to it, which makes the outdoor kitties very happy because they get it. The only thing they (indoor cats) really eat these days as a treat is tuna in water (not oil). Spoiled!
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Indoor kitties are the princes and princesses of the animal world and will let you know it in a heartbeat!

Had a friend whose little indoor male foundling refused to eat his food unless it was dressed with a beaten raw egg and some milk.

Outdoor kitties are so much more sensible and grateful.
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...Had a friend whose little indoor male foundling refused to eat his food unless it was dressed with a beaten raw egg and some milk...

That cat just wasn't hungry enough...
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