Some of the best and delicious foods are made with cooking oil. After frying fries, bacon, hamburgers and fried chicken, you’ll be left with a pan full of cooking oil and grease. 

Do you know what exactly you’re supposed to do with it? What would be the best way to dispose of all this oil and grease? Well, you shouldn’t pour oil, fats, and grease down the drain. If you do, the more and more you pour oil down the drain, it’ll eventually clog the pipes or slow the drain. So it’s very, very important that you use the correct disposal method for oil, fats, and grease. 

How can you tell if your drain is clogged with oil, fats, and grease? Well, early warning signs of clogged pipes or slow drains include a gurgling sound, an unpleasant smell, and slow water drainage.

How to Dispose of Cooking Oil 

Here is how to dispose of cooking oil: 

1. Putting oil in the trash

  • You should wait for the oil to cool before you handle it. This will reduce the risk of accidentally burning yourself before disposing it. 
  • Choose a dedicated oil jar or can with a resealable lid. If you’re looking to reuse the oil, make sure the jar or can is clean. If you’re not planning to reuse the oil, cut the top off a soda can and pour the oil into it. 
  • Then, toss the container or soda can in your trash can. You shouldn’t pour the oil directly into the trash can because it’ll make a mess and attract animals.

2. Reusing the oil 

  • You should store the oil at room temperature in an airtight jar, can, or container. One of the best places to store your oil is in your pantry room until you’re ready to use it again. 
  • Before using the oil again, filter it through a coffee filter. This will help to trap any solids so you’ll be left with clearer oil.
  • Then, you can reuse the oil to fry more food. Just make sure you’re frying a similar food. For example, if you fry fries in the oil, avoid frying coated or breaded foods. 
  • Do not use the oil more than 2 times. 

3. Recycling the oil 

  • Call or check your city’s website about their recycling program for used cooking oil.
  • You should store the cooking oil in a container until you’re ready to recycle it. 
  • You can also donate your used cooking oil with restaurants. 
  • Make sure you recycle any type of cooking oil. Many recycling centers can use any type of cooking oil to make biodiesel.

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