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Anyone else find cooking with animal fats makes cleaning the kitchen harder?

Answered on August 19, 2014
Created December 22, 2010 at 7:07 PM

This is very trivial I know but I can almost see where the idea that fat clogs up arteries comes from when you see the effect it has on my hob and sink. It certainly takes a lot more very hot water to shift than when I used to cook with olive oil. I mainly use lard, beef tallow and butter.

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 25, 2011
at 11:29 PM

I have two neighbours dogs that assist with cleanup- we are also on a septic system so they come in handy! It's like a doggie daycare here.

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

(1471)

on March 03, 2011
at 02:04 PM

cook bacon in the oven. 400 degrees for 12-15 min for thick and non nitrate kind, 15-20 for thick conventional kind, maybe 10 for thin...just watch and flip the bacon after about 1/2 of the listed baking time passes....bacon of course burns easily so the last few minutes just stay by the oven..

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on December 23, 2010
at 02:56 PM

They make your hands look like zoidberg from futurama, the wub wub wub sound finishes off the kit.

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on December 23, 2010
at 01:30 PM

lol @ Zoidberg gloves

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on December 23, 2010
at 01:02 PM

I have an infallible way of cleaning out pans BEFORE they go in the dishwasher - two dogs!!! Lol

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on December 23, 2010
at 04:10 AM

I need to wear an apron, but always forget to put it on.

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on December 23, 2010
at 04:09 AM

or where you can't see the spatter. ;-)

C491ff8ce20d5c17f8f7ff94392a9570

(1617)

on December 23, 2010
at 03:28 AM

That's why I wear an apron. :)

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on December 22, 2010
at 10:06 PM

Yup- I used to cook with EVOO, and it eventually built up a film on some cooking surfaces. Using bacon grease and coconut oil is actually removing that film!

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on December 22, 2010
at 09:19 PM

I've sacrificed quite a few beautiful dresses to the altar of bacon.

64242a1130eb51f4852f78beed38b3d5

(1343)

on December 22, 2010
at 09:03 PM

Clean as you go, I keep a cloth by the stove and wipe up as it splatters.

B124653b19ee9dd438710a38954ed4a3

(1634)

on December 22, 2010
at 08:05 PM

Too much lamb belly in crock pot leads to waking to find tallow all over the walls and counters. That fat stain isn't coming out the wall.

E35e3d76547b18096a59c90029e7e107

(15613)

on December 22, 2010
at 07:47 PM

You're not the first to notice the link between 'saturated fat clogs up my sink' and 'saturated fat clogs up my arteries' just ask the UK Government! http://news.bbc.co.uk/1/hi/health/7878680.stm

Fb9140fc25239c563c6bf08a9ed324f8

on December 22, 2010
at 07:24 PM

First turn the heat down and use a splatter screen to not get it on the walls in the first place. Use hot water with some dish soap and a good cloth when it does.

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Bc2110309df459e4fd6c8dab58e364ab

(1096)

on December 22, 2010
at 07:20 PM

oh yeah!! but it's worth the extra clean up. Vinegar and water will clean the splatters off of most anything.

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D738a5b2a67f3c36518a2ac9f32d27af

on December 23, 2010
at 02:27 AM

Yes. Cleaning was simpler when I was a veggie. Grinding and brewing my own coffee also makes the kitchen messier than being caffeine free. I endure--suffering builds character.

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on December 23, 2010
at 03:14 AM

I use all cast iron, and cook at medium temp at highest, never have more than wiping to clean the pan, or a minor mess from over stirring.

If you're splattering, maybe turn down the heat?

As for clogging, it's a temperature thing. It's solid at room temp, heat it up to 98deg and it won't be solid...

Edit: wanted to add a cleaning tip.

Step 1:Heat a Rag to Hotter than you can stand it, i.e. dip it in boiling/near boiling water.

Step 2: Use a second rag or silicone hothand, I like using Zoidberg Gloves(not their real name), the Silicone Hothand 2 clawed oven glove. Then use that to hold the super hot rag.

Step 3: No elbow grease required, super easy "wipe on, wipe off" cleanup. Profit.

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

(22913)

on December 23, 2010
at 02:56 PM

They make your hands look like zoidberg from futurama, the wub wub wub sound finishes off the kit.

16846467115e18d283565a19c374ee07

(323)

on December 23, 2010
at 01:30 PM

lol @ Zoidberg gloves

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1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

on December 22, 2010
at 09:20 PM

I'm in one of those "I cook, you clean" relationships, but have been asked with big blue puppydog eyes to wash the dishes the next time I make beef stock.

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Cab7e4ef73c5d7d7a77e1c3d7f5773a1

(7304)

on December 22, 2010
at 08:03 PM

I use hot water and sometimes vinegar. Cleaning time has gotten a lot quicker since paleo. I mostly do one pot meals now.

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Ef9f83cb4e1826261a44c173f733789e

on December 22, 2010
at 07:13 PM

Most definitely. Not only my kitchen, but myself also. I have to cook wearing an old shirt. Animal fat was meant to be used outdoors.

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319cdfcd8ec0467f34a3c5aeb2a5e045

on October 16, 2012
at 07:23 AM

If it's OK to say non-paleo brand names, I love Dawn because of all the fat I eat and cook with - it even works as a laundry pre-treat. As far as the stove, I get a kitchen towel wet, and microwave it until it's super hot , then let it sit on the stovetop for a few minutes to cut the grease before attacking it with a scrubby sponge with a big dollop of dawn on it.

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Ce57a94251224f9696faf47f9ca630a0

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on December 22, 2010
at 08:00 PM

The stove is definitely messier now than in my veggie days. I have resorted to doing a lot of cooking in the oven - bacon, steaks, fish - where things seem to splatter less.

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on December 23, 2010
at 04:09 AM

or where you can't see the spatter. ;-)

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9722850c9a1c47b79edf7c4233040248

(1276)

on December 22, 2010
at 07:53 PM

I think that ghee is less splattery than butter. Also, get a splatter shield and turn the heat down a little! And since it's winter time you can make more stews and slow-cooker meals that don't require as much stove-top cooking.

I always wipe out pans with a paper towel before washing. You can get the majority of the grease off this way, which shortens washing time and saves your plumbing.

C61399790c6531a0af344ab0c40048f1

on December 23, 2010
at 01:02 PM

I have an infallible way of cleaning out pans BEFORE they go in the dishwasher - two dogs!!! Lol

77877f762c40637911396daa19b53094

(78467)

on June 25, 2011
at 11:29 PM

I have two neighbours dogs that assist with cleanup- we are also on a septic system so they come in handy! It's like a doggie daycare here.

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95601768ec9cb75cc3a9cbcd2271ed14

(2206)

on December 22, 2010
at 07:43 PM

Really? Both my boyfriend and I have waxed rhapsodic about the reduction in cleaning time since going paleo. When I was using canola and olive for everything I had just as much splatter, but it tended to be way harder for me to get off. Baking soda, vinegar and salt seem to pretty effortlessly clean my surfaces now. Cleaning pans has become a snap for me because things seem to burn on way less often (I'm sure this is also due to cooking meat a lot instead of noodle stirfries and grains and other stubborn things) and saturated fat messes lift out with a little soaking way easier for me than vegetable oil messes ever did for me, the reminders of which are STILL on some of my cookware. Or, in the case of my cast iron, I just wipe out with the swipe of a paper towel for the most part.

E2b9c679315c7c9c7265783dde89f350

(1303)

on December 22, 2010
at 10:06 PM

Yup- I used to cook with EVOO, and it eventually built up a film on some cooking surfaces. Using bacon grease and coconut oil is actually removing that film!

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Eafee106d73d49bdaec8cb3dae41d514

on December 22, 2010
at 07:21 PM

I tend to clean with detergent a lot, so I don't notice. I get grease spots on my clothes sometimes, but that's something that's happened pre-animal fats too.

1471beca8e3adff4ae2f89d10e5f7acb

(6550)

on December 22, 2010
at 09:19 PM

I've sacrificed quite a few beautiful dresses to the altar of bacon.

Cfccbcf3450ac4919311ded8ef162d49

(2312)

on December 23, 2010
at 04:10 AM

I need to wear an apron, but always forget to put it on.

C491ff8ce20d5c17f8f7ff94392a9570

(1617)

on December 23, 2010
at 03:28 AM

That's why I wear an apron. :)

Ab19df3ededa28f7bf7daeba8435b205

(1471)

on March 03, 2011
at 02:04 PM

cook bacon in the oven. 400 degrees for 12-15 min for thick and non nitrate kind, 15-20 for thick conventional kind, maybe 10 for thin...just watch and flip the bacon after about 1/2 of the listed baking time passes....bacon of course burns easily so the last few minutes just stay by the oven..

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9a19846adfae25b2e17c32d9af386f02

(151)

on December 22, 2010
at 07:19 PM

Yessss. At any given time there is probably at least a few TBSP worth caked on my stovetop. Also, Palm oil is the worst! The red color stains anything it touches.

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46a50abafc820cfab9e91ada8b26148a

(152)

on December 22, 2010
at 07:14 PM

yeah i cook with mostly lard and my wife hates it!! Anyone have any tips on easy ways to clean fat off the walls:)

64242a1130eb51f4852f78beed38b3d5

(1343)

on December 22, 2010
at 09:03 PM

Clean as you go, I keep a cloth by the stove and wipe up as it splatters.

Fb9140fc25239c563c6bf08a9ed324f8

on December 22, 2010
at 07:24 PM

First turn the heat down and use a splatter screen to not get it on the walls in the first place. Use hot water with some dish soap and a good cloth when it does.

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