Save Plumbing, Feed Birds

Prevent grease from clogging your drains and simultaneously feed the birds.
By Jean Cottel
August/September 2014
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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








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