by Texas Homesteader ~
You should never flush cooking grease and fat down your kitchen sink. It’s an expensive clog waiting to happen. The question is… how do you dispose of it? Don’t worry, it’s easy – check out this Homestead Hack.
Garbage Disposal Woes
We’ve all probably done it – rinsing out a baking dish of grease or fat and letting it all run down the drain. A quick flip of the garbage-disposal switch and the greasy problem is gone. Right?
I’ve written before about how I’ve discovered how the problem Is NOT Gone when we flush things through our kitchen sink pipes.
I’m not casting stones here. I spent plenty of my younger years flushing things down the sink, from plate scrapings to burnt-on food. And yes, the fat too. I figured if I used hot water it would simply flush that fat away safely.
But I’ve learned a lot since then. I now know you should never flush grease or fat down the sink.
Clogged Pipe Disaster
I’ve learned that fat & grease flushed through your sink’s water pipes is a recipe for disaster waiting to happen.
This fat solidifies over time and can easily clog your pipes. That will necessitate hiring a plumber to come rectify the problem you’ve inadvertently created for yourself.
Since moving out here in the boonies and having all our plumbing going through a septic system, it’s even more important to me to treat our water pipes gently. There’s even more financial hardship on the line when you own a septic system!
Save The Pipes!
These days instead of rinsing leftover food off our plates into the sink, I scrape dishes to remove the small bits & pieces of food. Most of the time I scrape plates right into my compost bucket. Only then do I load those plates into our dishwasher.
Back when I was a young mom I used to peel potatoes and carrots right into the sink. Then I’d push the peels through the garbage disposal and flip the switch. But no more!
Now vegetable peelings are added to my compost instead of being shoved down the sink drain and chopped with a garbage disposal.
Instead of adding bulk to our septic system making an expensive cleaning be necessary sooner than it should, those peels are actually helping my garden. They’re transformed into that black-gold compost of every gardener’s dreams.
Properly Disposing Of Fat & Grease
So I’ve dealt with plate scrapings and vegetable peels. But what about that fat? What about the grease? How do I dispose of that??
Well there are some who keep fats to use instead of purchased fats such as oils, butter or lard. But I prefer to use Bacon Grease for those purposes. So for random fats and grease byproducts of cooking, I opt dispose of it properly.
But our tiny wastebasket only gets emptied every couple of weeks. Isn’t that a stinky opportunity for unpleasant aromas in the kitchen? Well, no. Not the way I do it.
You see, I save a plastic peanut butter jar and label it for just this purpose. When I scrape out my skillet after frying food or cut the fat away from a roast, I simply place it in this properly-labeled fat jar.
I keep that plastic jar in the refrigerator to keep things cold, solid and virtually stink free.
Then when our trash is ready to be emptied I toss this sealed jar into the trash. Hooray! Pipe-clogging fats are kept safely away from our water pipes & septic system.
Other Kitchen Homestead Hacks
- Paper Napkins In A Paperless Kitchen
- Easy Reminder For Kitchen Stove
- Make Your Slow Cooker More Efficient
- Labeling A Glass Jar
- Cleaning A Narrow-Neck Jar
- Keep That Broccoli Fresh
- Don’t Waste Onion Trimmings
- Heat-Free Way to Peel Tomatoes
- Cleaner Vegetable Chopping
- Quick Baking Measurement Reminder System
- Easily Separating Cream From Milk
- Using Frozen Water Bottles In The Kitchen
- Don’t Waste It – Free Vegetable Broth
- Easier Deviled Eggs – No Mess!
- MYO Crispy Taco Shells CHEAP
- Tame Kitchen Appliance Cords
- Save Your Fingernails When Cleaning
- Expand Your Muffin Tin Capacity With Canning-Jar Rings
- Use ALL Of Your Spray Cleaner
- Quick Coffee Stain Cleaning
- Repurposing Mesh Bags For Scrubbers
- Cute Windowsill Container For Herb Cuttings
- Less Mess When Measuring Honey
- How To Tell If Your Baking Powder Is Still Good
- Easily Opening Those Stubborn Jars
- Instant Pot Boiled Eggs WITHOUT The Shells
- Saute & Freeze Onions For Kitchen Convenience
- Roasting Peppers Quickly On Gas Stove Top
- …and many MORE!
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