Save Plumbing, Feed Birds

Prevent grease from clogging your drains and simultaneously feed the birds.

Feed the birds using old bacon grease

You can keep the wild birds near your home happy and well fed by employing this simple tip for reusing bacon grease.

Photo by Fotolia/Brian Lasenby

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I love bacon, but I have old plumbing that can’t handle grease. So, after I cook bacon, I deglaze the pan with a few drops of water and let it cool. Then I put about a quarter-cup of cornmeal in the pan and smash it until the cornmeal has soaked up all the grease.

I take the greasy cornmeal mixture out to a dish on my fence where the wild birds are waiting. My pan is now nearly greaseless for washing, I was able to feed the birds, I haven’t used any paper towels to degrease the pan, and my plumbing is protected.

Jean Cottel
Eugene, Oregon