This is the time for the plump turkeys, pot roasts, hams, and food piled high on plates to be cooked and enjoyed. Everyone has that one food they cannot go without on this day. (Psst, mine is apple streusel pie or pie in general). But where does all the cooking grease go?
All that cooking though and you are leftover with a mess. Some even will have pans full of grease. So how does one dispose of it? The answer is not down the drain.
Pouring grease down the drain can clog the pipes, and also harms the environment. Also do not dump it in your yard. It will travel into drains and your water supply.
So what is the best way?
- Grab a container (hopefully not plastic, for more info…here) with a lid and pour the grease into that. Once it cools and solidifies, you can scoop it out and throw it in the trash.
- Recycle it at centers that accept it. There are places that will take the extra amount of grease.
- Reuse it. Save it for another time when you need to cook something. Some like to use bacon grease to cook other things in it to give it more flavors. Can be stored for 6 months.
What if it does not solidify?
Other kinds of oils, like vegetable oil and canola can be frozen to help solidify them to make it easier to throw away.
Another way to solidify grease is to mix it with kitty litter or sand, but avoid scented ones because the chemicals can react and light up the place….
Never pour grease down the drain. Eventually it will clog up drains and pipes, and there have been instances where it clogged the sewers and flooded houses. So don’t do it.
In New York, 2013 data found that grease caused 62% of blockages in sewage.
“Blockages cause sewers to overflow. The EPA report said that there were between 23,000 and 75,000 U.S. sanitary sewer overflows a year, discharging up to 10 billion gallons (38 billion liters) of raw sewage.” (Business Insider)
Keep that in mind as you enjoy your family, friends, and food! Have a great Thanksgiving everyone!