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Old 12-14-2008, 01:00 PM
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Default What do you do with leftover cooking grease?

Okay, silly question here. My brother and I spent a weekend at the homestead during deer season. It was the best weekend I had in a long time by the way, even though we didn't get any deer. Anyway, we cooked bacon and eggs in the morning, so we had all the grease leftover after cooking. With a septic system, I didn't think you'd want to just dump the grease down the drain (like my brother wanted to do), so I'm wondering what most of you do with unwanted or unneeded leftover grease? My biggest problem is only spending a few weekends at the homestead right now until I can move in permanently, so saving it would probably not work right now.
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Default Re: What do you do with leftover cooking grease?

If you have a compost bin, it will compost. If the bin is not critter proof or it is just a pile, you will get critters in there tearing it up. Next bet would be to find a place away from dwellings and dump it - let nature compost it. I would be relictant to put aby grease down a drain - the stuff can be like candle wax when cold water hits it, constricting the pipes.

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I would take it home and poor it over the dry dog food you give your dog. Not to much to often though. But they will love you for it..
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Old 12-15-2008, 11:31 AM
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with eight dogs, five large, two 100 lbs, and one small but active terrier...we HAVE no WASTE! *Yes, do give it to the dogs, dogfood manufacturerers add fat, dogs need it, especially in winter.
and you are correct, NEVER put it in your septic tank.









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I would take it home and poor it over the dry dog food you give your dog. Not to much to often though. But they will love you for it..
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This is what I do with my left over grease. If you do not have a compost bin and just want to toss it, reserve a can like a campbell soup can and pour the grease into it. When it cools and hardens themn it can be thrown away.
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Default Re: What do you do with leftover cooking grease?

I have a stainless steel container - a small airtight canister - that I strain oil into to reuse. I stores for quite a while this way. I also put some over the dry dog food as they love it and it is good for their coats.
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do you burn brush? Also great for getting that brush fire goo and hot from the getgo. Just put the can you stored it in (open lidded of course) at the bottom pile kindling in and on it a few crumpled newspapers then some larger twigs and finally smallish branches. Light the news papers and once you have a good fire going start piling on the bigger brush.
I don't know about a compost heap. Would it be a haven for bacteria(not the good kind) ?
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LOL sometimes i drill holes in stumps and pour it in there for decomping stump/burning stump out ...rots them pretty quick and help to soak in wood for burning it if I have brush pile later.
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Thanks for all the ideas guys and gals!
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