Questions for the Cook

How do you dispose of old cooking grease?

Grease happens. Whether you are frying bacon or chicken, you are left with a hot mess. Do you ever wonder what exactly you are supposed to do with it? Save it? Toss it? Freeze it? Here is the scoop on disposing leftover cooking fat or oil:

  • Do not pour down the drain. I repeat, do not pour down the drain. It will eventually solidify and clog your pipes and drain. Yuck.
  • You can let the grease cool and pour into an old mason jar or coffee can and toss in the trash.
  • If you don’t want to waste an old container, place it in a bowl or other container, freeze or let harden in the fridge, and then scoop out the grease into a plastic bag (double bagging is a good idea) and toss in the trash.

2 Responses to “How do you dispose of old cooking grease?”

  1. Betty says:

    I save old cans that aren’t hard to clean out, like beans or tomato sauce. My can opener doesn’t leave sharp edges and I can put the ‘lid’ back on so I save them and put my grease in those, something I’d throw out anyway.
    In case anyone wants to know mine is a Pampered Chef opener but I’m sure there are some other brands that don’t leave sharp edges.

  2. Jen says:

    I save/wash out old containers (sour cream,butter tubs, etc.) I fill those with grease (after it has cooled) and I freeze it. I can add to it until the container is full. I then throw the container away.

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