What can you do with used cooking oil
Tips on what you can do with your used cooking oil.
This year in London a giant fatberg (the water company has called it) has been found in the sewers beneath the streets. The fatberg is composed mostly of man made waste such as used cooking oil and cooking fats. It even contains nappies and baby wipes and other man made waste that doesn’t belong in the drains and has created a giant tunnel sized blockage. It’s roughly 800 feet long and isn’t the first of its kind. Weighing in at approx 145 tonnes it highlights the issues the general public have with their waste oil.
At Fry Fresh we specifically deal with commercial used cooking oil collections, so where does this leave the general public waste. Here are some tips on what can you do with used cooking oil that will help you to save oil and ensure that future fatbergs don’t cause a problem in your local sewers, reducing waste and reducing the cost to public services.
- Never flush used cooking oils or waste oil down the kitchen sink. Water, no matter how soapy or hot will not flush it through.
- Cook conservatively. Cook your veg first, they are cleaner and leave less residue. Cook your meats and other breaded items last as they will leave more residue.
- Use solid oils in the kitchen. Using solid oils such as lard, goose fat or bacon fat can be easily disposed of into the rubbish bin and in some cases can be used more than once. Ask yourself the question, do I need a liquid oil or can I substitute in the frying pan. Which cooking oils should I use where.
- Ditch the deep fat fryer. Not to mention the health benefits of ditching the deep fat fryer as the list is extensive however, if you stop deep frying then you wont need all that oil. You’ll notice the pounds fall off the shopping bill as well and the waste line.
- Reuse your oil as often as you can. If you strain your oil through once its cooled you’ll find that you can simply place the oil back in a suitable container and store it in a dark place for use at a later date. There is no real limit to the number of times that you can reuse cooking oil however, if you start to notice the oil changing colour or starting to smell off, get rid. There is a good guide here which talks about how many times you can keep your cooking oil.
- Dilute with new oil. You can add new oil to old oil using the correct ratios. Food52 provides a great article on how many times you can reuse your cooking oil.
- Dispose of in the recommended manner. You can find more information on your local recycling collections on the .gov website. If you can not reuse or recycle you can place the used cooking oil in a plastic container and place in your household bin according to Thames Water.