The commercial kitchen tends to focus more on food that’s going to be served at the customer’s table. Of course, that should be the first priority for any commercial catering environment. But what about the oils, fats, and grease that are leftover after you are done with the serving? Whether you’re frying, sauteing or even roasting, there is always some amount of grease leftover. It could be in the form frying oil, chicken fat/meat fat, coconut oil, bacon grease, butter or other fats. To get rid of the leftover grease you may dispose it off down the sinks or pour down the toilet. But these apparently simple solutions may lead to terrible consequences such as clogging of drain pipes and expensive damages related to the plumbing system.
Therefore, it is vital that you focus on appropriate disposal system and at the same time making efforts to reduce and reuse the amount of oils and fats used in cooking. Because we all know it well that prevention is better than cure.
Less Fat Used In Cooking, Less Amount Of Leftover Grease
If your commercial kitchen reduces the amount of fats and oils while cooking, you will have less amount of leftover grease to be disposed of later. Here are some healthy solutions which can help kitchens reduce the grease.
- Instead of deep frying the dish, you can roast or broil it in the oven, use the grill or even shallow fry in a pan.
- No recipe in the world demands more fat or oil to make it tastier. As chefs know, it is the perfect proportion of ingredients that infuse taste in the dish. So even when sauteing or cooking recipes that are generally made with a lot of fat, you can reduce the amount of fat or oil by about 50-75%. This will not just reduce the amount of calories in the dish but will also turn out to be a healthier treat for your customer.
- When sauteing a dish on the stove, replace oil or butter with small amounts of vegetable stock or water and keep stirring the dish to prevent browning.
- While cleaning the meat or chicken, remove the extra fat before cooking.
- Choose leaner meats from the market to reduce the fat
- Instead of sauteing the vegetables, steam them.
Reuse The Leftover Grease In Different Ways
Reusing the leftover grease is not an unhealthy option unless you know when and how it should be used. Most of the vegetable oils and animal fats can be strained, jarred in an air-tight container and refrigerated for future use. The leftover oils and fats can enhance flavour and aroma of a recipe. So here are some ways to repurpose your kitchen’s leftover grease.
- The leftover fats and oils can be used to grease cake pans or cast iron skillets. But while doing this ensure you are not using the fat used in cooking a meat dish to bake a cake.
- A little leftover grease can be used to saute veggies.
- It can also be used as the part of the base for pasta sauce
- A small amount of leftover oils and fats can be reused in cooking dishes.
- Deep frying oils can be strained and used three to four times depending on its quality and your comfort.
- If your commercial kitchen produces a lot of greases, it can be converted into biodiesel and used. You could sell this grease to biodiesel plants.
- Grease, fats, and oils are used at wastewater plants to produce renewable biogas. So you can help the wastewater plant in your city by supplying your kitchen’s leftover grease to them.
Reuse of saturated fat – A lot of bacon fat is leftover when bacon is cooked on the stovetop or in the oven. To reuse the bacon fat, let it cool down a little. Next, take a glass container and cover it with a paper towel or a cheesecloth and pour the bacon fat carefully through the cloth in the container. Before storing the fat in the refrigerator, cool it down completely to room temperature. Now you can reuse this fat in the future for cooking. For example, bacon fat can be used in meat dishes like stews or in frying onions for heavy curries just like the ones from Northern India. Other saturated fats like coconut oil and beef fat that turn solid at room temperature can be treated in the same way. The stored leftover fat can be used for up to a week or two. If the grease starts releasing odour, it is needless to say that you need to discard it in a responsible way.
Take for instance the chicken fat that is used as a condiment in Central European Jewish food.
This method is suitable even for unsaturated fats such as plant-based fats, vegetable oils, corn oil, peanut oil etc.
Effective Disposal Method With Grease Guardian
Apart from adopting ways to reduce and reuse the leftover grease, it is essential that a grease trap is installed in the plumbing system of your commercial kitchen. A grease trap captures all the grease and FOG from the food waste and allows only the wastewater to flow down the drain. So when you have a grease trap installed, without any worries you can dispose of the leftover grease down the drain.
Grease Guardian, the grease trap expert offers a full range of grease traps for commercial kitchens with different features and capabilities.
X75 Grease Guardian
X75 is a product offered by Grease Guardian that caters to the needs of a commercial kitchen. This grease trap can be installed in the basements – suitable for kitchens that have a limited space. The 160 litres grease trap collects grease on daily basis and stores it in a drum for the future removal. It is made of stainless steel which keeps it durable and sturdy for years together. One can explore more about the product here
X125 Grease Guardian
X125 is a centralised grease trap unit that works in a similar way like X75. However, its capacity is 230 litres which is more than X75. The stainless steel grease trap captures the food waste through the skimming program and has a self-cleaning system.
Both X75 and X125 are automatic grease traps that can be equipped with additional features like audio-alarm, motion-sensor, oil level sensor and more. Grease Guardian offers warranty up to 10 years for both the products.
If you haven’t installed a grease trap in your commercial catering environment, contact Grease Guardian for the best guidance on choosing the right product as per your requirements. But make sure, to make maximum profits and render your food business with a healthy environment, you need to optimise your kitchen operations. Hence, along with installing grease traps follow the reduce and reuse theory to make the most out of the leftover grease.