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Efficient Fat cleaning / slow cooker ? (how to separate fat from liquid before pouring down drain)?

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Efficient Fat cleaning / slow cooker ? (how to separate fat from liquid before pouring down drain)?

mike2401 | Oct 31, 2010 09:29 AM

I cooked some beef in my slow cooker (see attached picture)

I don't want to pour all the liquid WITH fat down the drain because I'm concerned about possible plumbing issues.

QUESTION:
What is the most efficient way to clean this mess up, while dirtying the fewest possible things?

If there was some way to use paper plates or cups maybe to strain the mess and then throw that part in the garbage, I'd be especially happy.

I'd imagine that Straining it through wire mesh would make a total mess.

In the past, I pokes some holes in a plastic supermarket bag and poured it through, but so much of the fat gets through if you make the slits too big.

Sometimes, I'd freeze all the liquid then toss it in the garbage and down the trash shoot (I live in a high-rise).

All creative solutions would be very much appreciated!

BTW, this whole post presumes that pouring the liquid with fat down the drain is bad. I assume this to be true, but don't know for sure. WHAT DO YOU DO??

Thank,s
Mike

 
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