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Posted on: November 14, 2018

Perils & Pleasures of Turkey Frying, plus, FOG Disposal

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Many households engage in turkey frying at Thanksgiving or Christmas in the quest to serve a moister fowl to the family. But how many of you actually know the proper and safe way for a turkey to meet hot oil? As with everything, there is a right way and a wrong way to cook these big birds.

SeriousEats.com is the perfect resource for step-by-step instructions for preparing a tasty turkey that will make guests ask for a doggy bag. The detailed photos and videos make light work of this holiday job, no matter if you’re frying indoors or out.

Thawing a turkey incorrectly can result in a fowl-fiasco if you’re not careful. Check this interactive digital chart and take the guessing-game out of how long to thaw based on the weight of your bird! Fats Oils and Grease  


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Don't Dump Thanksgiving Oils and Grease. Recycle! 

Don't let fats, oils and grease (FOG) cost you money over the holidays. With all of the extra cooking this season, take the opportunity from Thanksgiving through the New Year to recycle FOG instead of dumping it down the drain. This NCTCOG video explains why FOG in the pipes is B-A-D!

The City of Plano collects grease and oils. Here’s what you need to know:

  • Don't dump cooking fats, oils or grease down your sink drain. This can plug your pipes causing sewer water to backup into your house or your neighborhood.
  • Use cold water to rinse pots and pans.
  • Collect small amounts of used, cooled cooking oil in a sturdy, plastic container with a screw-top lid. When the container is full, put it in the trash cart.
  • Schedule a free pick up for 1 or more gallons of cooking or turkey fryer oil. Just collect it in a container and call Environmental Waste Services to recycle it into bio-diesel fuel.
  • Pour fats and grease into a container to harden. Trash it when full.
  • Soak up small amounts of fats, oils or grease from pots and pans with a paper towel, then toss the towel in the trash.

Still not sure? Stop by the water-bill counter at Plano Municipal Center and pick up a free fats, oils and grease kit. Watch this educational video:



Another helpful resource is “Cease the Grease.”

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