The straightforward, simple answer to the question of how to dispose of hot oil after frying is, you do not dispose of hot oil, but allow the oil to cool before doing anything with it.
Why not to dispose of hot oil
The reason you should allow oil to cool before trying to dispose of it is that the risk of injuries by scalding are far too great to attempt to dispose of hot oil straight after frying.
Disposing of cold oil at home
Householders can dispose of cooking oil in several different ways:
- Pour it into old milk cartons or plastic sealable plastic tubs and dispose of it in the normal household rubbish.
- Allow it to cool sufficiently to solidify, then scrape it into plastic bags and dispose of it in your household rubbish.
- Combine solidified oil and other fat or lard with seeds to make bird cakes.
- Add it to a compost heap or garden soil to allow the minerals contained within it to improve your soil’s quality. It is, however, important to distribute it in small amounts, as it may otherwise throw off moisture or attract pests.
Under no circumstances should cooking oil be poured down drains, as it will solidify there and may cause myriad problems. This obviously also applies to the disposal of oil in commercial settings.
Disposing of oil at restaurants or factories
Restaurants, cafés and factories can often have large amounts of used oil collected for recycling. If this is for some reason or another not possible, oil should be disposed of as detailed for householders.
Dangers of hot oil
Dealing with hot oil is dangerous at the best of times. Scalding injuries and injuries by fires caused by overheating oil are all too common. This is even more so the case in the often busy environments of commercial kitchens.
Kitchen staff must be properly trained in how to safely cook with and handle hot oil in order to prevent accidents at work causing injuries by scalding and burning.
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