How to Dispose of Chicken Grease?

There is an allure to homemade fried chicken that even KFC sometimes cannot beat. Once in a while, we all feel like a crispy fried chicken in the comfort of our own home. Sometimes this is the best way to have fried chicken. It’s delicious, it’s fresh, and it’s the absolute best! But what do you do with all the cooking oil left behind? 

Your first instinct may be to pour it down the kitchen drain but refrain from that. This article will explain how you can discard your leftover chicken grease and why pouring it down the sink is the worst idea. I will also explain alternative ideas you can consider if you live in certain areas of the world. 

How to Dispose of Chicken Grease?

Chicken grease can be discarded in general trash. You should wait until the grease cools down and hardens, then you can scrape it off the pan, place it into a container with a cover. Once the container is full, you can close the container and throw it in the trash bin. 

If the fat does not solidify, you can put it in a bottle and place it in the freezer. When it’s cooled down and solid, tightly close the bottle and throw out the bottle in the trash. 

Make sure in either case, the fat has cooled down properly, otherwise, it may damage the container. 

You can wipe it with some tissue for small amounts of grease and throw it in the garbage. 

You can also use natural, unfragranced cat litter to soak up the oil, and once it soaks all the oil up, throw it out with normal trash. Make sure you use natural cat litter because the ones with fragrances may react with the oil and make harmful chemicals. 

How not to dispose of chicken grease: 

You should never pour chicken grease down the sink. It will eventually solidify and clog the pipes. In the best-case scenario, this will incur a costly plumber’s fee for you. Do not flush it down the toilet or pour it down the storm drain either, as you can imagine fats treat all pipes equally. You might want to avoid this messy affair. 

Besides this, if you pour hot oil down the drain and if the pipes are plastic, then there’s a chance the pipes will be damaged by the heat over time. 

You should not pour big amounts of fats and grease into a compost pile either. Fats do decompose quickly, but it also mixes with the soil and create impermeable barriers to oxygen. This deprives microbes of receiving ample oxygen and this will affect the decomposition process of the compost. 

There are cases where a little bit of grease is added to compost but do not dump a large amount into the heap.

There are some ways you can make chicken grease useful, it doesn’t have to be wasted. We are living in times where we are driven to minimize waste and reduce our negative impact on the environment. I’ll now go over some ways you can reuse chicken fat. 

How else can you use up chicken grease? 

The first and most important rule of sustainable living is minimizing waste and reusing everything as far as possible. You do not have to throw out your cooking oil after just making one batch of fried chicken. The oil gets better when you use it multiple times. You will have to throw out the oil after repeated use though. 

Always make sure you use a strainer to remove any solids in the oil, this will help keep the oil fresh. If you are the type of person who very rarely deep-fried items, you can store the oil and use it for cooking other meals. This is one way to use up the oil. 

If you have solid chicken fat you don’t know what to do with, just mix it with some herbs and spices to make an animal fat butter, you could use this as a spread or a cooking fat for certain dishes. 

If you have a significant amount of chicken oil leftover, you can look online if you have any biodiesel-making facilities around you. These facilities take animal grease, and cooking oil and turn them into fuel. This fuel can power cars as well as electricity-producing plants. 

Even though you will have a small amount to offer and not get any financial compensation for it, doing what’s best for the environment is best in and of itself. 

Conclusion:

Your first instinct may be to pour chicken grease down the kitchen drain but refrain from that. This article explains how you can discard your leftover chicken grease, and goes over why pouring it down the sink is the worst idea. I also explained alternative ideas you can consider if you live in certain areas of the world. 

Frequently Asked Questions (FAQs): How to Dispose of Chicken Grease

Can you put chicken grease down the drain? 

No, grease down the drain will damage the pipes, and the grease will solidify leaving you with a hefty plumbing bill for an avoidable problem. 

What do you do with meat grease? 

You can put them in a container with a lead, when the container is full, you can throw it out. You can also use it as a cooking fat. 

Where do you drain meat grease? 

You can drain it in a bowl so the fat does not get washed down the drain. 

Can chicken grease be recycled? 

Yes, it can be made into animal fat butter for cooking, or be made into a spread with herbs and spices. You can also give it away to a biodiesel company where they will make fuel out of it. 

Is chicken grease bad for the pipes? 

Yes, the grease deposits around the pipes and blocks it. Even if the pipes do not get blocked completely, it restricts water flow, and oftentimes you will notice the water takes longer to drain and a foul odor coming out of the pipes. 

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