Turkey, chicken, okra—everything gets deep-fried during Georgia Thanksgivings.
But what do you do with the gallons of leftover oil?
Well, whatever you do, don’t pour it down the kitchen sink—unless you want a massive clog in your sewer line (and a plumber’s bill to boot).
So, what should you do with it? You have 3 options:
Option 1: Trash it
Clearly, you can’t just pour scalding hot oil in the trash. But you can dispose of it safely.
- Allow the oil to cool post cooking
- Pour it into a hard container (like a glass jar) and seal the lid tightly.
- Optional: If you’re not confident that the jar can be sealed tightly enough to prevent a leak, put the jar in the freezer until the oil is frozen.
- Throw jar in the trash.
Option 2: Reuse it
Oil ain’t free, and we both know you’re going to fry more food in the future. So why not reuse it?
- Wait for the oil to cool (cover the pot to keep dust out).
- Use a skimmer to skim off and discard any floaters and large pieces of debris lurking in the pot.
- Pour the oil through a fine mesh strainer into a clean, dry pot. Caution: If you were frying flour-dredged foods, you may see flour-filled oil at the bottom of the pot. Stop pouring when you get to that stuff and trash it separately.
- Use a funnel to pour the oil back into a container (the original oil container works perfectly).
- Seal the container tightly and store it in a cool, dry place.
Option 3: Recycle it
You can recycle cooking oil so it can be turned into biodiesel fuel.
- Allow the oil to cool. (Are you noticing a pattern here?)
- Put oil into a leakproof container.
- Go to recyclenation.com to find a recycling center in your area.
- Drop off the oil at the center.
If you do get a kitchen clog, we’re here for you
Hopefully, the above advice will keep your plumbing clog-free this Thanksgiving. But if you have any plumbing issues, Mr. Plumber has got your back, Atlanta!