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Old 06-24-11, 04:43 PM   #1
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A strange greasy question

Really curious what everyone does with leftover grease from things like hamburgers, bacon, oven-baked chicken/turkey....

When I was young and naive I remember just pouring it down the sink, but as most learn that leads to problems.

I now compost every thing, but I don't put my grease in the pile, just doesn't seem like the right thing to do. So this is what I do:
I have several large trees that I mulch around, not just a little circle; I take the mulch out to around the dripline of the trees. So I take the grease out and cast it out into the mulched area, so as to not allow the entire contents to be concentrated in one area; many times I use a hose and scatter it that way -- with the nozzle set on the "Jet" high pressure mode.

So what do you do with your leftover grease?
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Mix in wood ash, and make lye soap.
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It makes a fine cooking oil and if you have a dog, he and his coat would love it if you pour it over his kibble.
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Please be careful when feeding fats to dogs. They love it but too much can cause canine pancreatitus. http://www.swiftwaterfarms.com/swift...ncreatitis.htm . Yeah, I thought that was a bunch a baloney but a friends dog came down with it and he lived on table scraps. It's a food by-product, best to pour it into a large jug or container and dispose of it with the trash.
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For most grease, I pour it into a can and then discard into the trash.

For bacon, I cook it in the oven on a cooling rack set into a sheetpan. This gives me clean, unburnt bacon drippings that I pour into a jar and keep in the fridge. I then use the bacon drippings for cooking. An old Southern trick.
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For most grease, I pour it into a can and then discard into the trash.

For bacon, I cook it in the oven on a cooling rack set into a sheetpan. This gives me clean, unburnt bacon drippings that I pour into a jar and keep in the fridge. I then use the bacon drippings for cooking. An old Southern trick.
Nah, just old. Everybody did it during the depression years. So I have been told.
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When camping, bacon grease makes a delicious-smelling lighter fluid.
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Clean bacon fat is a great oil for greasing a pan before frying, or for seasoning beans, frying eggs in etc. I aways keep that stuff.

Other stuff gets poured into the trash bag.
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Mix in wood ash, and make lye soap.
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Pour it on the steepest hill of your local bike path.Sit back and watch the fun.
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My grandmother used to save the bacon drippings in a can next to the stove. She also canned beans and peas. When she would open a jar of peas to heat, she would throw in a big spoonful of bacon grease. My first wife was real health-conscious and she really liked my grandmothers cooking. One day she was in the kitchen and noticed the spoonfull of grease going into the pan. She asked "what's that", and got the shock of her life.

My grandparents ate a lot of grease that way. My grandmother lived to 84, my grandfather lived to 94.
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Bacon grease works great for popping corn. The rest goes into an empty can and then into the trash.
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I don't fry too much, but bacon grease always goes into a can & then the trash; any grease from burgers will go to the dogs... yeah, they lick the pan, BUT I WASH IT BEFORE HANGING IT UP!!
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it gets poured into a can WHICH THEN GOES INTO THE FREEZER. When the can is full of now frozen-solid grease, THEN it gets thrown out in the trash.
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Mix in wood ash, and make lye soap.
technically, you filter water through the ash....it leaches out the lye. Just be careful...you can actually get a strong enough product to burn yourself with.
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I just pour it in a can that I keep in the freezer. When it gets full it gets tossed in the trash.
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Why would you freeze the grease? I just pour it into a can and let it sit on the counter until it solidifies, and then toss the can in the trash.
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into a can or jar, I prefer a jar for the sealable lid. when jar is full, out it goes.
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Why would you freeze the grease? I just pour it into a can and let it sit on the counter until it solidifies, and then toss the can in the trash.
Personal preference - it's less likely to leak out of potential tears in the bag if it's rock solid. Plus I've got a big dog that has been known to sneak stuff off counters from time to time. 100lb lab/great dane + can of grease = big mess (and likely sick dog).
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We wait for it to congeal then toss it in the trash. Smaller amounts we put down the sink with the hottest water we can find. I know the city says not to do this.

Growing up, my mom kept the bacon grease to put in waffles and put everything else in a jar for the trash.
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Here in California, we are routinely given cans to put all are old grease in and it goes out with the trash. The key is not to send it out down the drain and into the ocean... I use old cans for everything greasy. In it goes and when full, the lid goes on tight and the can thrown away.
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For most grease, I pour it into a can and then discard into the trash.
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For bacon, I cook it in the oven on a cooling rack set into a sheetpan. This gives me clean, unburnt bacon drippings that I pour into a jar and keep in the fridge. I then use the bacon drippings for cooking. An old Southern trick.
For all that that is economical and tasty (if the drippings don't go rancid) I had to bag that in response to a cholesterol test. Even if your liver just makes cholesterol out of whatever instead of sending it from your food to your blood, was too easy habit to ditch.

Also used to use fat from cow or pig to season cast iron cookware, but keep it to peanut oil now.
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Nah, just old. Everybody did it during the depression years. So I have been told.
An egg or 2, some bread old enough to not be that good torn into smalish pieces, perhaps a bit of milk and bacon grease (not to rancid). Basic depression cooking. recipe courtesy of Johan Sebastion Bach Smith. Or is it Joan Smith?
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