How to Get Rid of Unwanted Chip Pan Oil

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How to Get Rid of Unwanted Chip Pan Oil
Chip pans are so called because they are used for deep-frying chips. (Chips during frying image by Elzbieta Sekowska from

Chip pans are deep pans that are used for deep-fat frying. More oil is used in deep-fat frying than in conventional frying, and disposing of the unwanted chip pan oil inappropriately can result in pollution and damage to water pipes. It is important to get rid of oil in a safe way to avoid problems with plumbing or harm to the environment.

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Things you need

  • Metal canister or container with lid
  • Sieve
  • Knife

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    Take a metal canister and pour the unwanted chip pan oil into it.

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    Leave the oil to cool down until it solidifies.

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    Scrape the solid oil out of the canister with a knife or similar tool and dispose of it in the trash bin.

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    Pour unwanted oil into a metal canister.

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    Leave oil to cool, but not long enough for it to solidify.

  3. 3

    Sprinkle the oil on your fence and apply onto the metal parts of shovels and spades to prevent rust from forming.

  4. 4

    Use the oil to grease hinges and valves on lawnmowers, wheelbarrows and other tools.

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    Allow oil to cool down after cooking.

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    Drain the chip pan oil through a sieve to remove impurities.

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    Store the oil in a container in the kitchen to be used again for deep-fat frying. Do not use more than twice, however, as fat degrades with time and can cause illness if consumed.

Tips and warnings

  • If you are disposing of a small amount of chip pan oil, it can be thrown onto the compost heap.
  • When leaving oil to cool down, cover with a lid to prevent the odour from spreading through your house. Don't leave it outside to cool down; the odour might attract animals.
  • Never pour unwanted chip pan oil down the drain. When it turns solid it will clog up the pipes, causing plumbing problems.

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