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« on: February 14, 2011, 12:24:24 PM »

Are there any uses for used cooking oil?  I usually deep fry something once a month and have a gallon or so to get rid of.  I wind up dumping it on an old stump in the yard.
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« Reply #1 on: February 14, 2011, 01:02:44 PM »

I burn mine in my outdoor patio tiki tourches,  always smells like a fish fry.
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« Reply #2 on: February 14, 2011, 01:33:47 PM »

Can run it in a diesel engine.
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« Reply #3 on: February 14, 2011, 02:20:14 PM »

Old cooking oil is a great organic herbicide along a fence line etc.
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« Reply #4 on: February 14, 2011, 02:25:25 PM »

I have cut oak and pecan limbs about 3/4-1" in diameter. I let them dry for a year and then pour used cooking oil on them. It makes good firestarters. I cut up some catalpa the other day for this purpose. Catalpa beans burn good too.
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« Reply #5 on: February 14, 2011, 03:22:20 PM »

You might even try "reusing it"....cooking oil can be filtered and reused.  Run it thru a fine mesh screen or thru a coffee filter and use it again.  If you fried potatoes in it ...use again for potatoes....if fish use again for fish so as not to contaminate the flavors.  Unless cooking oil is raised to very high temps will remain stable for reuse.
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« Reply #6 on: February 14, 2011, 04:45:52 PM »

DF is right.  I always strain mine through a coffee filter.  I kept an old basket from a dead coffee pot and just set it on a jar.  All the restaurants do the same with their oil.  My daughter worked at McDonalds when she was in high school and that was one of the jobs at closing time.  Usually frying a potato in it will remove the fish taste.  It will keep longer in good shape in the refrigerator once it's been used.  You'll pretty well know when you've let it get too hot and that's when I throw it out.  I pour it around metal fence posts to discourage rust and grass.  It doesn't hurt anything because the grass will soon be back.
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« Reply #7 on: February 14, 2011, 08:43:15 PM »

I agree with DragonFly and Tuttimato. I use a lot of oil when I fry as well.  I bought a really large strainer with a lip opposite the handle so I can rest it across a container and strain it  to get out the large solids. The second time I add a paper towel in it. It is a slow process so I fill the strainer up, go do chores ,come by and add more  and repeat till it is done.  judy
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« Reply #8 on: February 15, 2011, 08:24:04 AM »


i agree with everyone, also, you could use it to start charcoal on a hot day.
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