Here’s what commercial kitchens may do with used cooking oil.
Contract the Services of an Oil Recycling Company
Somewhere between 380 and 800 million gallons of waste oil are collected by professional oil recycling services for reuse. Recycling companies collect and use the oil disposals for various uses.
Whether it is frying bacon, browning ground beef or deep-frying turkeys, we wind up with a great deal of oil by the end of the day. If this oil is poured down the sink, it could have potentially terrible– and expensive– consequences. Therefore, it is very important to know the best ways to deal with cooking oil properly.
As an additive in manufactured products
For use as a lubricant
For use in bitumen-based products that help release products from their molds
For use in industrial burners
Save the Used Oil for Future Cooking. Store the used oil in the aluminum foil bag. Once full, just fold the bag and either throw it away or have an oil recycling service collect it.
Use cheesecloth or a coffee filter to strain the oil. Straining removes any particles and crumbs. Pour it in an airtight container and after that store it in a refrigerator or a dark place.
The same process may be used for unsaturated fats. However, there is a caveat. The unsaturated fats, including peanut, corn, or vegetable oils, should not exceed the smoking point of the oil. The smoke point of an oil or fat is the temperature at which oil begins to produce a continuous bluish smoke and becomes clearly visible.
When the oil exceeds its smoking point, it can become bitter. Moreover, the oil can also be a health risk because of free radicals.
Leftover oil and fat aren’t entirely unusable. It can still be used in future cooking to add depth and flavor. Many vegetable and animal fats can possibly be strained then stored in a closed container in a dark place.
For saturated fat that has hardened, let it liquefy at room temperature. Cover a glass jar with either cheesecloth or paper towel. Pour the fat in the jar. Finally, store it in a fridge or a dark place for later use.
Use the Fat Trapper System
The Fat Trapper System is an eco-friendly way of disposing cooking oil and grease. It effectively holds oil in an odor-free, sanitary package. The Fat Trapper System is essentially a plastic container with an aluminum foil bag.
Add it to your compost heap. Oil is a delicacy for earthworms. So, if you have a compost heap, add a little of the oil. Too much will kill the earthworms. The compost produced may be used for a multitude of uses.
Make bird food and a bird feeder. To survive in the cold, birds need additional calories. To create bird feeders, stuff solid fat into old stockings then hang them outside. Your feathered friends will appreciate it!
Use it for lighting. You can bring a warm glow to any space using leftover oil. Vegetable oils, such as olive oil, work best.
Use it to kill weeds. Just place it in a spray bottle and spray those unruly nuisances away.
Make biodiesel fuel. You can convert leftover oil into biodiesel fuel via some kits. Biodiesel is a desirable replacement for petroleum because it supposedly emits less harmful greenhouse gases.
Mix the Oil with an Absorbent Material. If you really just intend to do away with your oil, you can mix it with an absorbent material. Absorbent materials include flour, cat litter, and sawdust. By doing so, you won’t need to stress over the oil spilling everywhere.
Donate Your Cooking Oil
Nowadays, an increasing number of cities are asking residents, schools, and restaurants to donate their used cooking and frying oil. The city uses the oil to create biodiesel.
As an example, San Francisco uses biodiesel to power up a number of their city’s fleet. To check if your city has designated drop off sites where you can donate your oil, simply Google “cooking oil donation [Name of Your City]”.
Upcycle the Oil.
There are many ways you can use leftover cooking oil besides those mentioned.
At A Cambie, we specialize in dealing with used fryer oil throughout the Lower Mainland. Our professionally trained technicians will transport your frying oil and also source them into biofuel and compost. Contact us today to help manage your cooking oil disposal!
Clearly, used cooking oil has many uses. Using these tips, you are assured that you’re preventing plumbing problems for your commercial kitchen.