Do you pour cooking oil down the kitchen drain when you're finished with it? I'm wondering if it is a good idea to continue doing this. My shower drain often drains very slowly. I was wondering if I should throw this oil from frying onions into the garbage can instead???.....
Never, never throw grease down the drains. It will clog drains, no matter how much water you run. An analogy would be clogged up arteries- excess fatty food turning into sludge cholesterol. I keep a small disposable container in my refrigerator to pour grease into. Every 2-3 weeks I put in trash and start a new one. We don't do much frying, just occasionally.
A big emphatic NO!
I generally pour it into a can, styrofoam cup, etc. The best is an empty jar or bottle and I can then screw the lid back on before tossing.
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Another big NO!!!! Reasons already stated.
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Pour into an old container and freeze. Take out on garbage day.
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I also wipe out greasy pans with a paper towel before washing to avoid getting grease down the drains. The grease itself may stay liquid but it coats the drain and is sticky and all sorts of things will stick to it and clog the drain.
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Also Waverider it is a good idea to pour a kettle full of boiling water down your drains every month. And maybe every six months put a cup of baking soda and a cup of vinegar Let that set for 1/2 hour then follow with a the boiling water.
This keeps your drains trouble free!
We cook non stick with VERY little oil and I don't fry things in oil. But large amounts, should be disposed of, elsewhere than the kitchen sink, as others have mentioned.
However ground meat (even the very lean, which I buy) leaves some grease behind.
When I strain/drain it in the sink, I run COLD water at the same time while using the disposal. Never have had a drain issue because of that. (knock on wood)
I keep am old coffee can under the sink which I drain all grease into and toss it when I get another can or anything with a lid. My mother did that and one time when she was sick my dad, who never cooked, used that oil for frying something. That was back in the day when no one got sick doing stupid things like that.
No grease down the drain! hehe I have a septic tank and we always pour it in an airtight container, wrap it up and throw in garbage.
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