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Fats, Oils, and Grease OH MY!!


Posted: November 18, 2020 by Shannon Feuerbach

No, these are not a food group, but something that you could be dealing with this Holiday.

With Thanksgiving a little over a week away, many of us are considering cooking Thanksgiving dinner at home.

A few simple tips will help you avoid a sewer back-up in your home. Not only is a sewer back-up unpleasant and unsanitary, but the clean up can also cost thousands of dollars, and your homeowner’s insurance may not cover the cost.

Even though fats, oils, and grease are liquid at one point, but will turn into a solid at some point. If poured down your drains and stools, this gooey slimy solid will cling to pipe and sewer walls, which can cause back-up and overflows into your home. This gooey sludge can even back-up into the streets and streams. 

Because the season of huge dinners is upon us, you need to take care of disposing of your cooking fats, oils, and grease.

Here’s a check-list of what to do with fats, oils, and grease:

  • Never pour grease down sinks or toilets.
  • The best way to deal with butter, shortening, lard, meat fat, and oils is to use empty tin food can store it. Then freeze the grease to make it solid and throw it in the trash. If you put a lid on the can, you can reuse your plastic cover on another can to store the FOG. 
  • Scrape fats, grease, and food from plates and cooking utensils into the trash.
  • Use basket strainers in your sinks to catch food and empty them into the trash.

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