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janbb's avatar

Do you throw bacon grease down the drain?

Asked by janbb (43614 points ) January 6th, 2010

My mother used to put in a can; I usually put it down the drain followed by hot water from the tap. Is that a really bad thing to do in terms of clogging up the drain?

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wonderingwhy's avatar

yes, it can make a real mess, not only does it clog but other things adhere to it even following it with hot water may not be enough. play it safe and let it cool and toss it in the trash.

mrentropy's avatar

As I understand it, if you’re going to pour it down the drain use cold water instead of hot. if what i read is correct, doing it with hot water will cause the grease to stay in a liquid form until the water around cools down. This could lead to it clogging the drain downstream. If you use cold water then the grease turns to a solid in little beads that will continue to flow.

Bacon grease can be tasty to cook with so you may want to save some of it.

Yetanotheruser's avatar

Cool it and toss it into the trash. If you insist on dumping it down the drain, mix it with an emulsifier (detergent) which will enhance the process that @mrentropy mentioned ^^

RedPowerLady's avatar

Another thing you can do is save your grease and donate it to those who use biofuels.

eeveegurl's avatar

We used to batch-cook bacon and end up with a whole lot of grease that we’d temporarily store in a can, and then throw out in the trash.

robmandu's avatar

We allow the grease to cool for several minutes and then pour it into a can or similar container for the trash. You can speed up the solidification process by throwing a couple of ice cubes in the lukewarm (never hot!) grease.

My mom saves the grease for cooking.

gemiwing's avatar

Ship me your bacon grease. I make the best frybread this side of the Mason-Dixon.

Snarp's avatar

Throwing fat of any kind down the drain causes clogs.

CMaz's avatar

If it is a little. Down the drain.

If a lot. It gets dumped at the back end of the yard.

Grisaille's avatar

Holy hell, I wish I had some bacon right now.

janbb's avatar

@Grisaille C’mon down. I’m cooking it now!

Snarp's avatar

@Grisaille Who doesn’t? There’s never a bad time for Bacon. (National Pork Producers Council, you can use that if you want to, it’s a lot better than “Pork, the other white meat©”).

RedPowerLady's avatar

Heck I’ll join the bacon party. Yumm… Protein!

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@mrentropy Do you know what cold water & bacon grease would do in a drain!!!??? Surely you’re kidding!!! NEVER ever do that!. Don’t put it down the drain at all!!! If you don’t want it, pour it in an empty tin can, or any kind of a little empty container & throw it in the trash. You must have a plumber on retainer!

jerv's avatar

Bacon? Where?!

mrentropy's avatar

@jbfletcherfan I don’t remember saying that I pour it down a drain.

jbfletcherfan's avatar

@mrentropy I stand corrected. You didn’t. But the way you’re talking, you’re leaning towards it. Just please don’t do it.

mrentropy's avatar

@jbfletcherfan I’m just passing on information that I read.

Even though it’s not sex related I can add the old, “Give me a grant and I’ll be more than happy to do the research on this one.”

It would have to include plumber funds, though.

JessicaisinLove's avatar

Never, nor do I wash down hair dye left overs or anything else I can possibly keep out of the water system.

Michael_Huntington's avatar

I would refrigerate it and throw that pork flavored sex jello in the garbage.

stevenb's avatar

I save it and cook everything with it. I’ve had so many compliments on my eggs, and other dishes I use it in. Fried potatoes made with bacon grease are to die for. My dad makes what he calls “bullfrogs”. Basically, you fry up a couple pounds of bacon, cook some onions in the grease until browned well, and then mix the crumbled bacon and onions into a simple sweet dough. This you form into loose patties an deep fry in the bacon grease. don’t ask me how my whole family is still skinny-it’s a mystery

reacting_acid's avatar

What my family always used to do was we would keep the grease in a cup on the counter and then when the cup was full we would use it too make a pie crust or something like that. So delicious!

gailcalled's avatar

When we ate bacon, I froze the drippings in a large empty coffee can. Then I took it to the dump. No to dumping in drain.

Yes to dumping in woods or a field if you want to attract the animals…recently a bear took down the screen door of a neighbor in order to reach a large garbage bag that had a cup of bacon grease in it.

Darwin's avatar

I have acquaintances who work for the local wastewater department. If they ever found out any of you were putting bacon grease down the drain, with or without detergent, with cold water or hot water or lukewarm water or no water at all, they would come to your house with picket signs.

Bacon grease, along with other fats that have cooked out of food, forms these huge greasebergs (like icebergs, only made of grease) in the sewer system and these poor folks have to get it all out because it can not only block up the house drain, it can block up an entire sewage plant.

Don’t put bacon fat down the drain! If you can’t bring yourself to use it in cooking (if you are going to cook Southern food it is essential) at least wrap it up in paper and put it in the trash. The Solid Waste folks can bury it in the landfill, where it will feed critters of various sorts until it breaks down.

Better yet, use it to make soap, or roll cold chunks in sunflower seeds and hang them in the trees for the cardinals and other over-wintering birds.

Snarp's avatar

I have a big tub of goose fat I can’t wait to cook with.

gailcalled's avatar

@Snarp: Lovely. Remember to put a clause in your will donating your arteries to the Smithsonian.

Snarp's avatar

@gailcalled All things in Moderation.

Darwin's avatar

@gailcalled – Goose fat actually is not so bad for your arteries.

Per this and other sites, it’s better to cook with goose fat than it is butter, lard, or beef suet, or even dare I say it bacon fat:

“Goose Fat is high in ‘heart healthy’ monounsaturated (55g compared to 19.8g in butter) and polyunsaturated fats (10.8g compared to 2.6g in butter).”

And

“Goose Fat is also rich in Oleic acid C18.1 (a specific type of monounsaturated fatty acid) which can lower blood cholesterol levels. Goose Fat contains on average 58% oleic acid, C18.1, and is generally higher in comparison to other animal fats.”

Snarp's avatar

And apparently it makes the best fried potatoes ever. I should do it this weekend.

gailcalled's avatar

@Darwin: Thanks for the info. The chances, however, of my having goose fat around are slim to none.

Snarp's avatar

@gailcalled It’s easy to get, just roast a goose. That was my Christmas experiment this year, but I’ll admit I probably will not do it again. It wasn’t worth the effort. But I’ve got this nice tub of goose fat now. Also supposed to be good for you skin, but I can’t talk my wife who is complaining about her dry skin into rubbing some on. Wonder why? ;)

gailcalled's avatar

@Snarp : The chances of my roasting a goose are none to none, but thanks for the info. Buy your wife a shea tree for the shea butter.

Snarp's avatar

@gailcalled Not a bad idea, but the Wikipedia site on it is a bit weak. How big do they grow (i.e. can they be grown indoors), and just how hard is it to extract the butter?

Yetanotheruser's avatar

Is goose fat the same as goose grease?

flo's avatar

@janbb , never, never, although I see people sending all kinds of things down the drain. I have heard plumbers say time after time, not to do that.

janbb's avatar

I have listened to all of you and have seen the light. May my sight be plucked from my eyes and my bacon from my sandwich if I ever throw grease down the drain again!

flo's avatar

@janbb that is funny:). I have one small conainer that I put any grease from chicken etc. It goes in the fridge, until garbage day. Or I just pour it on top of ⅓rd full of my kitchen garbage over paper that can’t be recycled because it is already stained with grease if I don’t want to bother with the fridge. I learned after having to call the plumber, on weekend rates!

flo's avatar

@gailcalled
@snarp,
@Yetanotheruser,
Can you please tell me if you chose the tiny text or did it just happen? If you chose it why? Just curious.

flo's avatar

See, just like above, the @Snarp didn’t turn red, I didn’t do that on purpose.

gailcalled's avatar

@flo; It’s because you didn’t notice the dropdown menu. Type @ and then “s” and you can then click on Snarp (note the capital S.)

Underneath this yellow box where you type in your answer, on right, is “see the entire list.” Click on “entire list” which is in red. There you will have all the tricks for textile
mark-up and teeny text.

flo's avatar

@gailcalled , thank you, of course it is the capital S, my error.
Re. the text, I saw that, and I like that feature of Fluther, it is just I am trying to get the benefit of the teeny text.

gailcalled's avatar

I’ll try. Type two — together and then the text and then, two more.—They are called “hyphens.”

Like Alice, after one of her “drink me” decoctions, the text shrinks.

janbb's avatar

@flo To answer your question, it is a convention of Fluther that side or off-topic comments on a thread are made in teeny text to distinguish them from the main thread.

Yetanotheruser's avatar

I was whispering, because the comment, meant to be a one-liner, was off topic. I wanted the topic to be seen, but not to derail thread!

flo's avatar

@janbb thank you. @Yetanotheruser thank you. I was thinking maybe there are people with an eye condition to whom the regular size text is too big.

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