Text read by Mary Peters

When it comes to frying or deep-frying, you can’t go wrong. Yes, you certainly can! For example, when improperly disposing of cooking oil or fat. It should never be flushed or poured down the toilet. You can learn more about what happens and how to do it correctly here.

Cooking oils and fats must be properly disposed of after frying or deep-frying. This is something we generally do when we wash the dishes and flush the oil down the drain. This is a catastrophic error that you must avoid at all costs. Also, these leftovers have no place in the toilet!

This is what happens when fat and oil are poured down the drain or flushed down the toilet.

It might be rather costly for you to dispose of cooking oils or (animal) fats down the sink or toilet. Fats and oils clog pipes in such a way that they not only emit terrible odours, but they also attract vermin. The leftovers wreak havoc on sewage treatment plants as well. In the worst-case scenario, the associated costs could drive up your community’s wastewater charges excessively.

However, how are cooking oils and fats properly disposed of?

You have three options for safely disposing of cooking oils and fats from your pan/fryer:

1. Collect the used and cooled cooking oil in a plastic bottle, which you can subsequently throw away in the rubbish. For this approach, make sure you use a well-sealed plastic bottle. This approach is especially well suited to greater amounts.

2. Create a small depression in the sink drain using aluminium foil. Now carefully pour the fat into the container. When the fat has hardened, crumple up the aluminium foil and toss it in the rubbish.

3. Smaller amounts of frying oil can be absorbed quickly with kitchen paper. The pan or saucepan can then be washed as usual.

Is it possible to dispose of cooking oil in the garden?

Despite the fact that cooking oil is a natural product, it should not be disposed of in the garden or on a compost heap. The oil is not biodegradable. Instead, it produces a greasy coating over the remaining food. The result is unpleasant odors.

Fondue oil disposal is a simple and quick process.

A warm fondue is a pleasure as the year draws to a close. If only the time-consuming cleaning was not involved. Fondue oil, like cooking oil, should never be poured down the drain or flushed. But don’t be concerned. It’s still quite simple.

1. Pour the oil into a sealable plastic bottle after it is no longer hot but still liquid. However, wait until the fondue oil has set before disposing of it in the residual garbage.

2. Scrape the remaining fondue oil out of the saucepan with a spoon if it has already hardened. Place them in an old tin can after that. You can also use a plastic bag, a freezer bag, or aluminium foil if necessary

Do you want to avoid cleaning altogether? Then try a fondue with broth.

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