Don't dump cooking grease down the drain

Loretto Hulse, Herald staffNovember 19, 2013 

John Bykonen, wastewater and stormwater manager for public works of the City of Richland, reminds residents to dispose of grease in the trash instead of down the sink.

KAI-HUEI YAU — Tri-City Herald

'Tis the season to deep-fry turkeys, stir up pots of gravy and indulge in all those rich foods we avoid most of the year.

And all that cooking often leaves the kitchen littered with a lot of greasy plates, platters and pots.

It's a common misconception that grease from cooking oils and animal fats simply can be washed down the drain with hot water, according to a news release from Richland's Wastewater Treatment Division.

Not so -- even small greasy food particles can become larger problems as they collect in your pipes and the city's sewer system.

No one wants to deal with stopped-up pipes on Turkey Day, or any other.

Instead, pour any hot grease into a dry metal can, allow it to cool and solidify and place it in the garbage.

Used oils can be cooled, then poured into a plastic jar, milk carton or a heavy-duty, reclosable freezer bag.

Scrape food and grease from plates and pans before washing. Don't make the dishwasher -- mechanical or human -- do all the work.

As for those gallons of oil in the turkey fryer, recycle them at the Horn Rapids Landfill. Secure the oil -- cooled -- in containers with screw-on lids and take it to the facility, 3120 Twin Bridges Road, Richland.

It's open daily from 8 a.m. to 4 p.m. For more information call 942-7491.

Baking success

The best bakers know you don't guess when it comes to measuring.

Here's a tip from the Home Baking Association: measure liquids such as water, milk, vegetable oil, honey or syrups in a clear glass or plastic liquid measuring cup that is placed on the counter. Bend down to check the amount at eye level. Use a rubber spatula to scrape out all the liquid.

For easier removal of honey or molasses, grease or spray the cup or spoon first.

Find more hints to ensure your holiday baking goes smoothly at

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