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Meat Fat and the Laundry Conundrum

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Created October 22, 2010 at 7:48 PM

I think I have discovered the most disagreeable aspect of paleo and it has to be the question of how to get splattered fat out of my clothing when laundering! Sometimes, I won't even see some of the splatters until after the clothing comes out of the dryer. Then I will treat it with Spray and Wash and rewash. Sometimes I have to do that twice to get the stain out. Of course, you can't see the stain until after the dryer. End result is I have to inspect all clothing when coming out of the dryer for spots and relaunder some of it. Often, I attempt to bypass this problem by changing into specific 'meat eating' cloths for dinner, but that too is a hassle. Anyone else have this problem? Suggestions on solutions?

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

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on October 24, 2010
at 05:00 PM

I usually buy it at the Dollar Tree but I have seen it other dollar stores and also at the grocery store (for more than a buck). Here is the website of LA's TOTALLY AWESOME All purpose cleaner with a picture of the product and testimonials. http://www.lastotallyawesome.com/html/Products_Degreaser.html

Bcb2f5436d11467e89123680c046b858

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on October 24, 2010
at 02:11 PM

My husband would totally go for the idea of me cooking topless, but personally I would be more concerned about grease burns on skin than grease stains on clothing. I like Melissa's apron idea.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on October 23, 2010
at 03:08 AM

And it only costs a dollar! Now you are speaking my language. ;-P But which dollar store do you buy it at?

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on October 23, 2010
at 03:06 AM

Finally, something corn is good for! ;-)

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

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on October 23, 2010
at 03:04 AM

The splatter guard protects the rest of the stove, but you can't have one in the front because you need to access the meat to turn it and the pan handle has to stick out somewhere.

1f70da0b737e9c6e7679a248f4228a01

on October 23, 2010
at 01:59 AM

I use a splatter guard when I sauté. but for most meats I use my grill (like a sandwich press but with grooves so I can collect the fat) - superb for my breakfast bacon, since then I have some lovely, fresh bacon grease for my veggies later!

5672b2d190891342389e764cc4056ca9

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on October 23, 2010
at 01:58 AM

Cook naked, like a proper caveman/woman

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on October 23, 2010
at 01:39 AM

I use a splatter guard for my stovetop pans, it's just a flat, round metal narrow-gauge screen with a handle on it. Takes care of most of the splatter. Easy to find at any store with kitchen supplies, I recently got an inexpensive set of 3 at Target. When I'm in a hurry I microwave my bacon on a plate between layers of paper towels, comes out really nice in just 3-4 minutes.

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on October 22, 2010
at 11:31 PM

In fifty years, once paleo has become part of the culture, people will be buying shampoo that makes their hair smell like bacon.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on October 22, 2010
at 11:29 PM

In fifty years, once paleo has become part of the culture, women will be buying shampoo that makes their hair smell like bacon.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on October 22, 2010
at 11:03 PM

Can you broil lots and lots of bacon in the oven on Sunday and then keep it in the fridge during the week, reheating quickly when you want some? Sort of like hard-boiled eggs? (I'm one of those former vegetarians who never cooked meat, by the way.)

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on October 22, 2010
at 10:34 PM

What if you're eating bacon in the morning, without time to pre-heat the oven? Pre-cooked?

4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

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on October 22, 2010
at 10:16 PM

Do bacon in the oven on a cookie sheet on broil

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on October 22, 2010
at 10:07 PM

Awesome *is* awesome!

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on October 22, 2010
at 09:17 PM

Seconding Kamal. I've had hot grease almost go into my eye when cooking bacon (don't wear glasses). Is there something I'm doing wrong? Clearly people have been cooking bacon for a long, long time.

9d43f6873107e17ca4d1a5055aa7a2ad

on October 22, 2010
at 08:15 PM

I have an apron...

21fd060d0796fdb8a4a990441e08eae7

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on October 22, 2010
at 07:55 PM

Do you ever get fat splattered on your glasses, face, eyes, or stove? Your question is very topical, as I currently have fat stains on my slacks and ghee droplets on my glasses from bending down to see if the meat is cooked.

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04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

on October 22, 2010
at 09:16 PM

At the Dollar store is a product called Awesome. It is a great de-greaser for everything and has hundreds of uses. I have been buying it for years now. I have had success in getting out old stains and grease stains of already laundered clothing.

A89f9751a97c3082802dc0bcbe4e9208

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on October 22, 2010
at 10:07 PM

Awesome *is* awesome!

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on October 23, 2010
at 03:08 AM

And it only costs a dollar! Now you are speaking my language. ;-P But which dollar store do you buy it at?

04293f705870e1837b8670d3c1cd5f67

(2261)

on October 24, 2010
at 05:00 PM

I usually buy it at the Dollar Tree but I have seen it other dollar stores and also at the grocery store (for more than a buck). Here is the website of LA's TOTALLY AWESOME All purpose cleaner with a picture of the product and testimonials. http://www.lastotallyawesome.com/html/Products_Degreaser.html

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5672b2d190891342389e764cc4056ca9

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on October 23, 2010
at 02:10 AM

It was common practice, among educated cavemen and women, to cook in the nude. Now we know why.

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D5cde8031564f905260ce9aa7a1f5e2c

on October 23, 2010
at 12:26 AM

Shirtless, nude, or nude w/ apron (grease still manages to find my shirt, apron or not).

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2db86f4365e9b1331f292d2dc467e9ac

on October 22, 2010
at 11:30 PM

Hi.

First of all, use an apron.

Now, for the times we all forget to put it on ... use talcum powder or cornstarch. They're nearly magical.

Dab a teaspoon or so of powder over the stain. Try to pack it in into the clothes fibers - rub it in. Add a little more to cover the stain, and let rest 10'.

After that, iron the stain at the hottest level your cloth can handle, with the powder still over it. The idea is to heat the grease, liquify it, and let the powder absorb it. Of course, this only works for natural fibers, especially cotton.

After that, just throw the clothes in the washing machine. You can repeat the treatment if needed, but most of the time small grease drops get wiped clean the first time.

62ed65f3596aa2f62fa1d58a0c09f8c3

(20807)

on October 23, 2010
at 03:06 AM

Finally, something corn is good for! ;-)

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on October 22, 2010
at 07:56 PM

Ha! Good question, but you may not like my answer. I started cooking without a shirt, or I wear one of my demoted "lounging around the house" t-shirts that is already stained.

Bcb2f5436d11467e89123680c046b858

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on October 24, 2010
at 02:11 PM

My husband would totally go for the idea of me cooking topless, but personally I would be more concerned about grease burns on skin than grease stains on clothing. I like Melissa's apron idea.

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B3c62d89cd47b7d7209b6a99243d0ded

on January 15, 2011
at 06:22 PM

I'm still using the apron that I made n Home-ec back in High School.

I used a splash of simple green to cut grease, or sometimes I use Borax with the laundry detergent or great results.

http://bastyrcenter.org/content/view/165/ has some great homemade Cheap cleaning mixes.

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D31a2a2d43191b15ca4a1c7ec7d03038

on January 15, 2011
at 04:21 PM

Aprons are useful. I often wonder why more folks don't wear them.

Here is a lovely post about how cooking begins with an apron, and the different aprons required for various tasks.

http://www.ourdailybreadcookbook.com/catalog.php?category=27

This apron is attractive and practical:

http://alittlegraceandcharm.com/item_87/Edwardian-Apron.htm

Also:

Lab coats can be found at thrift shops and are handy to wear for various chores.


A basic lard soap, with 0% superfatting, and turpentine is a good pre-treatment for getting fat, blood, clay, and other stains out of laundry.

Here is a recipe for making the soap with turpentine:

http://soapmakingforum.com/forum/viewtopic.php?t=5272&highlight=stain


If one doesn't make soap, and can put up with the smell, Fels-Naphtha works well on fat.

Here is the site for Fels-Naptha:

http://www.felsnaptha.com/

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03f5a69fde4012b827ebdb6d93b71e7a

on October 22, 2010
at 09:52 PM

Sort of related: I've been taking to pulling my hair back before I do frying, because my hair is apparently constantly smelling like bacon :P

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

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on October 22, 2010
at 11:31 PM

In fifty years, once paleo has become part of the culture, people will be buying shampoo that makes their hair smell like bacon.

47a42b6be94caf700fce9509e38bb6a4

(9647)

on October 22, 2010
at 11:29 PM

In fifty years, once paleo has become part of the culture, women will be buying shampoo that makes their hair smell like bacon.

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4b97e3bb2ee4a9588783f5d56d687da1

on October 22, 2010
at 08:19 PM

Assuming you don't want to change clothes or use an apron.

  • Dawn or other degreaser. Notso paleo.

  • Vinegar pre-wash

  • Baking Soda/water scrubbed

  • Citrus Juice(may lighten colors)

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B1859f696e88d25460a6b8a333412ea3

on June 23, 2011
at 11:06 PM

I use scrub tops. I have yet to stain one. They protect your sleeves better than an apron. And they have multiple pockets. They're also great for house work.

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Ce0b5fd94b1034e96cf710b6f138c29d

on October 23, 2010
at 01:12 AM

Try filleting a half-dozen walleye sometime :).

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