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Old 11-26-2014, 05:21 AM   #41
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So, it seems the options, in order, are reuse, landfill, sewer. Is it fair to say all things considered, landfill has less overall environmental impact than sewer?
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Bacon beer? That's a Nobel Prize level discovery, and I bet whoever did it would be richer than Bill Gates.
Not the same flavor, but if you have a good beer store near you, pick up a bottle of this. Most people think it smells like bacon.

(If the German script on the label is hard to read, just ask for "Schlenkerla" which is pronounced as written. A great little brewery in Bamberg that specializes in beer made from smoked malt.)
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There a Bacon Beer called Maple Bacon Ale, made by Rogue in Oregon I think, but everything I have seen says it is not very good....?
I love to eat bacon, but that doesn't mean I want to drink it!
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bacon grease is the best for cooking pork chops, fried potatoes, and numerous other things. I never throw it out;. you can let it cool and put it in the fridge and it will keep for months. but you have to buy good flavored bacon to get the good flavor in your cooking.
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Would guess landfill is better than sewer. See this article:
Preventing Fats, Oil and Grease Discharges Into Sewers

No bacon, but we cool grease and it goes to the landfill. Had forgotten about making suet, but that's now on the to do list.

Sidenote on dishwasher instructions to use cold water when running. I always questioned this, because of the fear of plugging the drain with grease. After looking it up: Cold water will help solidify grease, allowing it to break up and flow through the pipes, rather than accumulate and eventually cause a backup.
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So, it seems the options, in order, are reuse, landfill, sewer. Is it fair to say all things considered, landfill has less overall environmental impact than sewer?
Yes - grease/oil tends to stick to sewer pipes having less slope leading to reduced pipe capacity and flow constrictions causing sewer backups. And I read that 1 gallon of oil can contaminate 1,000,000 gallons of water. Not good - it's better in a landfill.
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I have a septic system, so zero grease goes down the sink drain.
For small amounts of grease or oil, I tilt the pans on the stovetop to let it collect on one side of the pan while it cools, then place it on its side or upside down over the trash can to drain. I wipe all pans out with a paper towel before washing.
For larger amounts of grease or oil, I use plastic or glass jars to collect it, and then dispose in the trash.
I cook my bacon all at once by the pound and freeze it for later use. 15 seconds in the microwave and it's ready to rock on my BLTs.

Here's a great article about feeding birds from the Cornell Lab of Orinthology. Bacon grease does not seem to be on their list of good things to feed to birds for the long term.

Suet and Other Foods, Birding Basics
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So, it seems the options, in order, are reuse, landfill, sewer. Is it fair to say all things considered, landfill has less overall environmental impact than sewer?
Landfill biological actions would consume the grease and turn it into methane gas.
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My wife adds bacon grease when making refried beans. My grandmother fried eggs in bacon grease, basting with it to cook the tops. Tasted great and we always looked forward to breakfast. Coffee grounds, egg shells, and table scraps went into our worm pit. Never any problem digging worms for fishing.
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Landfill biological actions would consume the grease and turn it into methane gas.
Which is exactly what happens when I eat bacon...
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I love bacon like everybody else, but the idea of eating bacon fat scares me to death. The fat doesnt only clog house plumbing!
Um, that's not how arteries work...
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Which is exactly what happens when I eat bacon...
Except landfills have flaming discharge pipes that burn off the methane....
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Except landfills have flaming discharge pipes that burn off the methane....
As teenagers, so did we.
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This reminds me of when I first moved out and was on my own. I was excited to cook for myself, but the first few times I had vegetables, they seemed just so bland. When I questioned my Mom about it, she asked if I was putting a spoonful of bacon fat in them. Of course not! Why would I do that? Well, I give it a try and let me tell you...mmmm good!!

But, in practice, I just let it cool and toss in the trash.

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Since we live in the boonies, we throw our leftover grease outside for the wild animals to eat
What kinda of critters live out back? In some areas you may not like the results. I'm reminded of my sister overfeeding cats. The first racoon we saw was cute, when there were 15 or so out there they weren't cute anymore.

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We have deer, squirrels, rabbits, raccoons, woodchucks, possum, fox. I put the grease far enough away from the house to prevent problems at the house. And we only have grease about once a month, so the critters aren't sticking around waiting for a meal.


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Your fine.. my sister was pretty amazed how many racoons showed up. She fed the cat nightly and when the 'cat' kept eating it all she did the nice thing and gave it more and more.......

I have a buddy in another state that feeds the deer, then black bears started showing up. He had to 'bear proof' their house, after a large bear decided it wanted in.


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Which is exactly what happens when I eat bacon...
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Bacon beer? That's a Nobel Prize level discovery, and I bet whoever did it would be richer than Bill Gates.
It's been done. History channel has show, "Dark Horse Nation", about a micro brewer in MI. They did a bacon beer.

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We never throw out bacon fat! We cook with it! Biscuits or cornbread or to brown venison before cooking it in the oven or slow cooker.
THANK-YOU!

Never throw it out, it is used to cook potatoes.
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