Health Hazard Or Liquid Gold? 5 Top Tips For Dealing With Used Cooking Oil

Between Thanksgiving in October and seeing in the New Year, cooking oil consumption of Canadian homes and restaurants shoots through the roof. Preparing a delicious roast meal on Thanksgiving can see most people get through a lot of oil and the same is true for restaurants. Here we’ll be looking at what to do with the oil and how it might affect your health and your finances.

#1. Oil Clogs Drains
Cooking oil can and will clog drain pipes if you pour it down the sink after you finish cooking. This is because your sink likely has other contaminants, such as hair and food particles, already there. The oil will solidify as it cools and form clumps with the other debris. This will bring not only a foul stench, but possibly an expensive visit from a plumber to unclog the pipe.

#2. Reusing Cooking Oil Is Bad For Your Health
Health professionals suggest using fresh oil each time you fry, but for families doing a lot of deep-fried cooking, this isn’t always economical; nor is it an option for most restaurants. Cooking oil can be reused provided it is strained and stored correctly, but there is a significant risk of contamination if food particles and grease are left in. Reusing cooking oil has been show to increase the amount of cancer-causing free-radicals making it a poor choice for health food preparation.

#3. Cooking Oil Can Be Recycled
If you are interested in helping your local government collect used cooking oil, most towns and cities have facilities that let you do just that. You can simply drop off your used cooking oil in sealed containers at your town or city’s streets and drainage office. If you are interested in having your oil collected for free, you could try one of Canada’s largest freecyling networks ‘FullCircles’. Using Yahoo groups, this lets you advertise your available oil and connect with other people in your area who want it. You can negotiate a time when it is convenient for them to come and collect the oil from your home or restaurant.

#4. Why Not Sell Your Oil?
If you run a restaurant, why give away your oil for free? Some recycling firms specialize in oil recycling will give you a small amount if you let them periodically collect your used oil and take it away. They recycle this oil by filtering it and then selling it on to other industries. Oil can be used as an ingredient in agricultural feed rations and as a feedstock for making biodiesel. You may also find individuals in your area who wish to buy your oil. These people are interested in making biodiesel on which they can run their cars.

#5. Combine Oil Collection With Grease Trap Cleaning
Companies offering grease trap cleaning services in Vancouver and throughout Canada will collect your used cooking oil as part of the service. This helps many restaurants keep their premises clean while helping the environment. Though it is a service you have to pay for, it is still the most convenient option at your disposal.

Author Bio: Nancy Baker is a freelance blogger and an ace creative write with many years of experience writing for top blogs. Nancy has written on a myriad of topics and has written several posts for us.

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