5 Tips That Are Perfectly Safe To Do With Used Cooking Oil

5 Tips That Are Perfectly Safe To Do With Used Cooking Oil

It’s a problem that has plagued chefs for decades. How do you dispose of cooking oil in a safe, and hopefully environmentally friendly way? If you’ve ever poured it down your kitchen sink, you’ll know that’s not the best option, or the safest. So, what do you do with it? We’ve consulted with some experts and we’ve discovered how to dispose of cooking oil, safely and cleanly.

5. Invest in a Fat Trapper System

If you do a lot of frying it might be worth investing in a fat trapper system. These are bins made specifically for holding used cooking oil and fats. They’re made from plastic and foil-lined bags are put in the bins. After that, you simply pour the oil into the foil-lined bag and then throw the bag in the trash. The bags usually hold around 32 ounces of oil.

4. Mix the Oil with an Absorbent Material and Place in the Trash

This can be a messy solution, but it is still quite effective. Store your oil in an old plastic container until the next time you empty the cat’s litter box. Mix both substances together for disposal. If you don’t have a cat or litter, sand or sawdust will work just as well. The important thing is that the other substance is absorbent enough to soak up all the oil.

3. Freeze the Cooking Oil

Place the used cooking oil in a container and put it in the freezer until it’s completely solid. Once it’s solid enough that it comes out of the container easily, you can throw it out. For smaller amounts of oil, you can put it in the fridge until you can scoop it out easily and put it in the trash with a spoon.

2. Use an Air-tight Non-Recyclable Container

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Although not an environmentally friendly option, it is an effective one. Once the oil has cooled pour it into an old milk container and dispose of it like that. Old takeout containers will work too if they’re airtight and no oil can seep out. For this tip you need to make sure that the oil is completely cold, so it might be worth putting in the fridge if you can, until it cools.

1. Recycle Your Used Cooking Oil

This tip is number one because its best for the environment, its safe, and its easy to do. Some towns and cities will even collect your used cooking oil to reduce waste. You’ll need to keep it in an airtight container if they only collect at certain times of the year. You may also be able to take the oil to a recycling center.

If your city does not have an oil recycling policy in place you can look for other places to donate your used oil to. Cooking oil can be turned into biodiesel which can then be used as fuel for vehicles and businesses. In some cases, it’s even tax deductible.

What Should I Definitely Not Do to Dispose of My Used Cooking Oil?

We’ve already mentioned that pouring it down your sink is not a good idea. It can, and will, block your drains which will give you a new set of problems to manage. You can use the same cooking oil at least twice before you need to throw it out. Just strain the oil through a coffee filter or several layers of cheesecloth before the second use.

Cooking oil is not good for your compost pile so don’t be tempted to throw it in there with your other food waste. And never dispose of hot cooking oil, you must wait until it’s completely cooled. If you’re unsure if it’s cold enough to throw out, leave it for another 24 hours and the dispose of it with one of the above methods.

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Some Final Thoughts for You

We hope we’ve shown you some useful ways of how to dispose of cooking oil. Our suggestions may or may not be new to you, but they have all been tried and tested several times, so we know they work well.

While it may be tempting to cook with oil as little as possible some meals and recipes are just not the same when they’re made differently. And now that you know the safest ways to dispose of used cooking oil, why deprive yourself of a delicious treat.

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