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The Right Way to Dispose of Cooking Oil

Cooking with an abundance of oil is required to make some of the most delicious
dishes. Unfortunately, when you're done eating your freshly made french
fries or fried dessert, you have to figure out what to do with the used
cooking oil. If you're thinking about pouring it down the drain, then you might
as well set a few hundred dollars aside for a future drain cleaning.

Step 1: Chill Out

Before you decide to dispose of your cooking oil, allow the pan and oil
to cool off. Trying to pour out hot oil can be a painful experience if
you're not careful.

Step 2: The Perfect Fit

You're going to want to grab a container to store the oil in – preferably
plastic. While you can use glass, plastic is less likely to break if you
accidentally drop the container (what a mess that would be). If you don't
want to waste one of your good containers for storing oil, opt for emptied
peanut butter jars.

Step 3: Strain for Reuse

If you aren't planning on reusing the oil, you can skip this step.
However, if you want to get another use out of this batch of oil, place
a strainer over your storage container. You don't want to be using
dirty oil the next time you want to fry something up!

Step 4: Store, Throw Away, or Donate

Now that your oil is all packaged up, you can decide what you want to
do with it. Place it in the back of your refrigerator to save it for another
day, toss it into the garbage can (using an old peanut butter jar), or
call your local donation service to properly dispose of it. The main point
here is that you never want to pour this oil down the drain, as this can
royally ruin your plumbing.

Once you're done stuffing your face with fried goodness, take the time
to properly dispose of your oil so you don't damage your plumbing.
If your plumbing has taken the brunt of abuse from pouring oil and other
debris into it, contact Lancaster Plumbing, Heating, Cooling & Electrical.
To learn more or to schedule an appointment, give us a call at (717) 207-9952.

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