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2019-04-09 11:20:16 AM  
Use old cooking oil as sauce on dry dog food for dogs.
 
2019-04-09 11:21:09 AM  
I save it in a cauldron in case of rampaging hordes.
 
2019-04-09 11:24:17 AM  
I use it as a delicious lube for sexy-time.
 
2019-04-09 11:26:27 AM  

oldfarthenry: I use it as a delicious lube for sexy-time.


After it's cooled down, right?
 
2019-04-09 11:31:06 AM  
Pour it into a non-recyclable container that you were going to throw away anyway, put it in the freezer until the night before trash pickup, then toss it on pickup day. Not that hard.

One of my friends pours it down the drain of his kitchen sink... in his brand new home. I warned him a couple of times that he's going to be calling a plumber within a year (he cooks a lot of greasy stuff, especially bacon); I guess he'll have to learn the hard way.
 
2019-04-09 11:31:15 AM  
It gets stored on the counter, then thrown in the trash on trash day.

they can deal with the spontaneous combustion.
 
2019-04-09 11:34:33 AM  
I don't have used cooking oil and fat. What am I, running a f*cking McDonald's?
 
2019-04-09 11:36:43 AM  

Stephen_Falken: I don't have used cooking oil and fat. What am I, running a f*cking McDonald's?


You never fry things? Not even occasionally?
/is the mulch pile not the place to be dumping out my mason jar of congealed fat?
 
2019-04-09 11:39:28 AM  

Gubbo: oldfarthenry: I use it as a delicious lube for sexy-time.

After it's cooled down, right?


That doesn't sound hot.
 
2019-04-09 11:41:04 AM  

BretMavrik: Pour it into a non-recyclable container that you were going to throw away anyway, put it in the freezer until the night before trash pickup, then toss it on pickup day. Not that hard.

One of my friends pours it down the drain of his kitchen sink... in his brand new home. I warned him a couple of times that he's going to be calling a plumber within a year (he cooks a lot of greasy stuff, especially bacon); I guess he'll have to learn the hard way.


I've always kinda wanted to add a grease trap in my kitchen sink. Think of how lazy I could be about this shiat.

I also want a garbage disposal in my dishwasher.

I have a lot of wants.
 
2019-04-09 11:44:53 AM  

eurotrader: Use old cooking oil as sauce on dry dog food for dogs.


Your dog's farts must smell amazing...ly horrifying.
 
2019-04-09 11:45:27 AM  

holdmybones: BretMavrik: Pour it into a non-recyclable container that you were going to throw away anyway, put it in the freezer until the night before trash pickup, then toss it on pickup day. Not that hard.

One of my friends pours it down the drain of his kitchen sink... in his brand new home. I warned him a couple of times that he's going to be calling a plumber within a year (he cooks a lot of greasy stuff, especially bacon); I guess he'll have to learn the hard way.

I've always kinda wanted to add a grease trap in my kitchen sink. Think of how lazy I could be about this shiat.

I also want a garbage disposal in my dishwasher.

I have a lot of wants.


I too want a kitchen that is basically all one robot
 
2019-04-09 11:48:33 AM  

Samwiseass: Stephen_Falken: I don't have used cooking oil and fat. What am I, running a f*cking McDonald's?

You never fry things? Not even occasionally?
/is the mulch pile not the place to be dumping out my mason jar of congealed fat?


I sure don't. Sometimes whatsername will make something requiring some form of lubrication, but for me it's pretty paleo. I don't want to die of clogged arteries, and at my age I actually have to act like it. It sucks but hey whatever. At least I can still have a few G&T's once in awhile.
 
2019-04-09 11:50:54 AM  

Stephen_Falken: Samwiseass: Stephen_Falken: I don't have used cooking oil and fat. What am I, running a f*cking McDonald's?

You never fry things? Not even occasionally?
/is the mulch pile not the place to be dumping out my mason jar of congealed fat?

I sure don't. Sometimes whatsername will make something requiring some form of lubrication, but for me it's pretty paleo. I don't want to die of clogged arteries, and at my age I actually have to act like it. It sucks but hey whatever. At least I can still have a few G&T's once in awhile.


If I tried to cut all unhealthy food from my diet I think I'd die from the stress of not being able to eat anything flavorful without putting in massive effort
 
2019-04-09 11:53:40 AM  
I like to mix mine with lye and make french fry and bacon flavored soap.  That way you can give your used fat away as birthday and Christmas presents.

/let me know if any of you maniacs actually tries this
 
2019-04-09 11:59:01 AM  
If you want to dispose of spent cooking grease, the best way to do it is to pour the fat into a sealable container that you're fine with throwing away. I typically hold on to the plastic bottles in which many cooking oils are packaged, specifically for this purpose. Pour the oil into the container, screw the cap on tight, and toss it in the trash.

The thought of throwing away plastic makes me super-triggered.
 
2019-04-09 11:59:41 AM  
If you're worried about it spilling when you throw it in the trash, you can add in some flour to soak it up a bit.
 
2019-04-09 12:06:21 PM  
What, the storm drain not enough for ya?
 
2019-04-09 12:11:23 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: I like to mix mine with lye and make french fry and bacon flavored soap.  That way you can give your used fat away as birthday and Christmas presents.

/let me know if any of you maniacs actually tries this


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2019-04-09 12:14:17 PM  
ACTUALLY... my local dump has a drum where you can recycle used cooking oil.

Which doesn't even come up in the article, so the article is a waste. ;)

/See what I did there?
 
2019-04-09 12:24:15 PM  
When I was younger, I failed miserably at my first attempt to make fries. At a loss, I dumped the pot of oil/potato mush into an open drain pipe next to my cheap apartment. (It was always full of water and mosquitos) Oddly, I never had a mosquito problem again from that pipe for the remaining year I lived there.

Now, I make the leftover fats into backup candles. I put a wick in a soup can, then slowly fill it with oils that solidify at room temperature. They makee for good outdoor candles, since I don't want the smell of old oil in my house.
 
2019-04-09 12:30:07 PM  

Stephen_Falken: Samwiseass: Stephen_Falken: I don't have used cooking oil and fat. What am I, running a f*cking McDonald's?

You never fry things? Not even occasionally?
/is the mulch pile not the place to be dumping out my mason jar of congealed fat?

I sure don't. Sometimes whatsername will make something requiring some form of lubrication, but for me it's pretty paleo. I don't want to die of clogged arteries, and at my age I actually have to act like it. It sucks but hey whatever. At least I can still have a few G&T's once in awhile.


I'm confused how being paleo wouldn't make you use MORE oil.
 
2019-04-09 12:31:43 PM  

Gubbo: oldfarthenry: I use it as a delicious lube for sexy-time.

After it's cooled down, right?


What fun would that be? Live crazy or go home!
 
2019-04-09 12:32:49 PM  
Samwiseass:

You never fry things? Not even occasionally?
/is the mulch pile not the place to be dumping out my mason jar of congealed fat?


I don't think i've ever once fried anything in the kitchen, and I cook almost everyday.
 
2019-04-09 12:35:43 PM  
Also, don't dump your bacon grease outside if you have pets. One of my friends learned this after he adopted a doggo, and woke up one night to a distraught dog crapping out a pile of rocks.

/doggo is good and human is wiser.
 
2019-04-09 12:35:52 PM  
I don't have much very often, but I save it for when I am going to start a camp fire and pour it on the logs before lighting it.
 
2019-04-09 12:37:07 PM  

Tad_Waxpole: Samwiseass:

You never fry things? Not even occasionally?
/is the mulch pile not the place to be dumping out my mason jar of congealed fat?

I don't think i've ever once fried anything in the kitchen, and I cook almost everyday.


Must be a culture by region thing, everybody I know irl who has access to a kitchen has tried frying potatoes or something battered at least once to see if they could save on take-out costs in the long run.
 
2019-04-09 12:38:12 PM  

Tad_Waxpole: Samwiseass:

You never fry things? Not even occasionally?
/is the mulch pile not the place to be dumping out my mason jar of congealed fat?

I don't think i've ever once fried anything in the kitchen, and I cook almost everyday.


Same here. After my failed attempt to fry potatoes, I settled for roasting/baking them.   I never tried deep-frying again...mostly because the disposal of vegetable oil was a lingering concern.
 
2019-04-09 12:39:37 PM  

Snaptastic: Also, don't dump your bacon grease outside if you have pets. One of my friends learned this after he adopted a doggo, and woke up one night to a distraught dog crapping out a pile of rocks.

/doggo is good and human is wiser.


I have indoor cats, only thing in my yard on the regular is a warren of bunnies I would be happy to be rid of so I could stop tripping on collapsed sections of lawn, and if the neighbor's dog is in my yard eating things in my mulch pile then my neighbor deserves to deal with the vet bill for a doggy laxative
 
2019-04-09 12:45:55 PM  
Poured in old detergent bottles and out with the trash. They mentioned fat bergs in the sewer system, but laundry detergent also cause them.
 
2019-04-09 12:53:17 PM  
Leftover over oil or fat? What's that?
At the restaurant I once worked at I was assured that all you had to do was just keep adding more oil to the fryer when the level got low...
 
2019-04-09 12:55:01 PM  

RolandTGunner: Leftover over oil or fat? What's that?
At the restaurant I once worked at I was assured that all you had to do was just keep adding more oil to the fryer when the level got low...


lol, 'real' french fries should be fried in oil that decomposed the dead rat weeks ago obviously
 
2019-04-09 12:55:03 PM  
It gets saved in an old cat litter jug and then tossed into the municipal recycling bin when no one is looking.
 
2019-04-09 12:56:53 PM  

Subtonic: It gets saved in an old cat litter jug and then tossed into the municipal recycling bin when no one is looking.


Not trying to get on your case or anything but are you aware that when you do that, they notice at the recycling plant but can't actually do anything other than put the whole load in the dump because of the scale and speed of the work?
 
2019-04-09 01:00:23 PM  

Samwiseass: Subtonic: It gets saved in an old cat litter jug and then tossed into the municipal recycling bin when no one is looking.

Not trying to get on your case or anything but are you aware that when you do that, they notice at the recycling plant but can't actually do anything other than put the whole load in the dump because of the scale and speed of the work?


I've been told by many political pundits on the TV that recycling is pointless anyways.
 
2019-04-09 01:01:01 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: I like to mix mine with lye and make french fry and bacon flavored soap.  That way you can give your used fat away as birthday and Christmas presents.

/let me know if any of you maniacs actually tries this


I used to have a couple of old Mercedes diesels that I converted to run on recycled waste vegetable oil that I got for free from a local restaurant, and I also had a diesel truck that couldn't be converted to veggie oil, so I made biodiesel out of some of the waste veggie oil to use in the truck. One of the byproducts of making a barrel of biodiesel is that you end up with 5 or more gallons of gylcerine, which I used to actually use as a degreaser to wash down my driveway, but then my sister-in-law insisted on taking some of the veggie oil glycerin and making some soap with it.  And it was actually very nice, and didn't smell at all like cooking oil (the smell is all gone by the time it becomes the glycerine byproduct).  Yeah, it actually worked.
 
2019-04-09 01:04:58 PM  

Cervetus: Stephen_Falken: Samwiseass: Stephen_Falken: I don't have used cooking oil and fat. What am I, running a f*cking McDonald's?

You never fry things? Not even occasionally?
/is the mulch pile not the place to be dumping out my mason jar of congealed fat?

I sure don't. Sometimes whatsername will make something requiring some form of lubrication, but for me it's pretty paleo. I don't want to die of clogged arteries, and at my age I actually have to act like it. It sucks but hey whatever. At least I can still have a few G&T's once in awhile.

I'm confused how being paleo wouldn't make you use MORE oil.


More oil for what? Neanderthals never had bottled oil, and were just learning to use fire for cooking. Paleo to me is always working a bottle of filtered tapwater. Cut up fresh veg. Chicken, baked in oven on teflon, seasoned with California style lemon pepper. Served with Tapatio on it. Almonds with most everything. Tuna with a smidge of mayo. Melba toast. Clif bar. Various fresh fruit. Decaf coffee, tea. Couple of Diet Pepsi's. Gin and tonic, maybe martini. That's me pretty much every day, every week. If one removes the idea of food as a reward from the mind, it's a lot easier to stick to a simple diet without being pissed off all the time. OK it's true, I miss pizza.
 
2019-04-09 01:05:20 PM  

Cyberluddite: Marcus Aurelius: I like to mix mine with lye and make french fry and bacon flavored soap.  That way you can give your used fat away as birthday and Christmas presents.

/let me know if any of you maniacs actually tries this

I used to have a couple of old Mercedes diesels that I converted to run on recycled waste vegetable oil that I got for free from a local restaurant, and I also had a diesel truck that couldn't be converted to veggie oil, so I made biodiesel out of some of the waste veggie oil to use in the truck. One of the byproducts of making a barrel of biodiesel is that you end up with 5 or more gallons of gylcerine, which I used to actually use as a degreaser to wash down my driveway, but then my sister-in-law insisted on taking some of the veggie oil glycerin and making some soap with it.  And it was actually very nice, and didn't smell at all like cooking oil (the smell is all gone by the time it becomes the glycerine byproduct).  Yeah, it actually worked.


...how many watch-lists do you think you're on?
 
2019-04-09 01:06:08 PM  
If it's bacon fat, of course, I keep it (in the fridge).

Anything else, if it is a small enough amount it can be absorbed by a paper towel, I do that. If it's enough to pour into a container, I do that, then discard in the trash.

I don't pour it down the sink because I'm not a farking moron.
 
2019-04-09 01:12:43 PM  

Samwiseass: RolandTGunner: Leftover over oil or fat? What's that?
At the restaurant I once worked at I was assured that all you had to do was just keep adding more oil to the fryer when the level got low...

lol, 'real' french fries should be fried in oil that decomposed the dead rat weeks ago obviously


Dunno about rats but the cockroaches would sizzle for a minute then sink to the bottom.
The oil was 350°, so it's sterile right?
 
2019-04-09 01:14:18 PM  

Subtonic: Cyberluddite: Marcus Aurelius: I like to mix mine with lye and make french fry and bacon flavored soap.  That way you can give your used fat away as birthday and Christmas presents.

/let me know if any of you maniacs actually tries this

I used to have a couple of old Mercedes diesels that I converted to run on recycled waste vegetable oil that I got for free from a local restaurant, and I also had a diesel truck that couldn't be converted to veggie oil, so I made biodiesel out of some of the waste veggie oil to use in the truck. One of the byproducts of making a barrel of biodiesel is that you end up with 5 or more gallons of gylcerine, which I used to actually use as a degreaser to wash down my driveway, but then my sister-in-law insisted on taking some of the veggie oil glycerin and making some soap with it.  And it was actually very nice, and didn't smell at all like cooking oil (the smell is all gone by the time it becomes the glycerine byproduct).  Yeah, it actually worked.

...how many watch-lists do you think you're on?


Heh, when I first made the biodiesel, all I knew about glycerin was that it could be used to make soap, so I put a listing on Craigslist under "free stuff" to see if anybody wanted it to make soap. One of the Weenerss I got was along the lines of "Dude. People use that shiat to make explosives.  Don't do this."  That was the first I knew about that, so immediately took the listing down without giving it away to anybody.  I felt kinds dumb about that.

I only made biodiesel a couple of times because it's a huge PITA, and then there's thing about having 5 or 6 gallons of brown gooey glycerin to try to get rid of.
 
2019-04-09 01:14:38 PM  

Subtonic: It gets saved in an old cat litter jug and then tossed into the municipal recycling bin when no one is looking.


Huh, I thought that only worked with used motor oil. I learn something new every day.
 
2019-04-09 01:15:57 PM  

RolandTGunner: Subtonic: It gets saved in an old cat litter jug and then tossed into the municipal recycling bin when no one is looking.

Huh, I thought that only worked with used motor oil. I learn something new every day.


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2019-04-09 01:16:10 PM  

Cyberluddite: Heh, when I first made the biodiesel, all I knew about glycerin was that it could be used to make soap, so I put a listing on Craigslist under "free stuff" to see if anybody wanted it to make soap. One of the Weenerss I got was along the lines of "Dude. People use that shiat to make explosives.  Don't do this."  That was the first I knew about that, so immediately took the listing down without giving it away to anybody.  I felt kinds dumb about that.


Wow, that's the first time in a long time I've triggered that particular filter! What I typed there, of course, was the word "first" immediately followed by the word "responses."
 
2019-04-09 01:16:17 PM  
Well I'm a patriotic American so I turn mine into mymeat dealer for extra ration points:
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2019-04-09 01:18:04 PM  
As a kid we used the bacon drippings for all kinds of flavoring.  Green Beans, add some bacon fat.  Cornbread, add some bacon fat.

The best use was to make popcorn with the bacon fat.  The wife was horrified the first time she saw me put a glob of bacon fat in the pan, melt it and then pour in the kernels. She made me quit that over some goofy health reasons.
 
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2019-04-09 01:24:45 PM  

Stephen_Falken: If one removes the idea of food as a reward from the mind


Oh, is that all?
 
2019-04-09 01:31:56 PM  

Subtonic: Samwiseass: Subtonic: It gets saved in an old cat litter jug and then tossed into the municipal recycling bin when no one is looking.

Not trying to get on your case or anything but are you aware that when you do that, they notice at the recycling plant but can't actually do anything other than put the whole load in the dump because of the scale and speed of the work?

I've been told by many political pundits on the TV that recycling is pointless anyways.


Well, maybe not pointless, but it probably isn't helping like you think it does...
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2019-04-09 01:43:54 PM  

Marcus Aurelius: I like to mix mine with lye and make french fry and bacon flavored soap.  That way you can give your used fat away as birthday and Christmas presents.

/let me know if any of you maniacs actually tries this


I save lamb/mutton grease for soap. No really. The dog loves getting baths now.

And the other grease I usually throw on the burn pile. We are allowed to have a burn pile, 'cause I live in the sticks. The neighbors love it when I have a lot of bacon grease to burn.
 
2019-04-09 01:45:34 PM  

Snaptastic: Tad_Waxpole: Samwiseass:

You never fry things? Not even occasionally?
/is the mulch pile not the place to be dumping out my mason jar of congealed fat?

I don't think i've ever once fried anything in the kitchen, and I cook almost everyday.

Same here. After my failed attempt to fry potatoes, I settled for roasting/baking them.   I never tried deep-frying again...mostly because the disposal of vegetable oil was a lingering concern.


Here's what ya do. Soak em in a salty but not briny water for a few hours. Then you have to double fry them. The first fry is really more of a blanching about half cooked. Take them out, let them cool and then back in until they crisp up and the surface bubbles. Works for all potatoes, white or sweet.
 
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