Cooking Oil Containers: Pros, Cons & Alternatives

Cooking oil containers have become standard equipment for a lot of kitchens, but it’s not the best choice for everyone. Here’s what to know and alternatives you should consider.

What Is a Cooking Oil Container?

Whether you’re cooking in a restaurant, bar, stadium, or amusement park, if you’re frying food, you need a way to properly dispose of the excess oil. Cooking oil containers allow for proper storage and/or disposal of your used cooking oil. It’s important to properly store your oil to keep it from turning rancid, which is ultimately harmful to your health.

Pros and Cons

As with everything, there are pros and cons to using a cooking oil storage container. Cooking oil containers provide a quick solution for your oil disposal. It can be tricky to find somewhere to store your container, due to its large size and the specific rules that come along with having one. For instance, you should never store excess oil above a stove or near extreme heat. Exposure to heat can cause your oil to break down and turn rancid.

My Container Is Full… How Do I Empty It? 

If your container becomes full, it’s important to know how to empty it. It’s important to remember to never pour it down the sink or store it near a storm drain. The oil will clog your drains and pipes causing serious blockages. As a business owner, you should be aware of all the codes and regulations to avoid any fees or fines.

Containers must be tightly lidded and safely stored. Typically, you’ll need to hire a vendor who’s familiar with your local laws regarding cooking oil disposal to haul away and properly dispose of your old oil.

Are There Any Alternatives?

If you’re thinking that a cooking oil container may not be the best option for you, you should consider a cooking oil recycling program such as Filta. Filta offers many different services that are all environmentally friendly: FiltaFry, FiltaDrain, FiltaCool, and FiltaClean. Filta provides you with an eco-friendly, mobile, onsite service for micro-filtration of cooking oil.

FiltaDrain is a drain maintenance service that is designed to naturally remove fats, oils, grease, sugars, starches, and other organic materials that can cause blockages and foul odors in your kitchen. This service cleans your drain with a concentrated, non-toxic, probiotic that cleans any buildup from those harmful substances.

FiltaFry will save you money by micro-filtering all the impurities out of the oil, which extends its usefulness. Their micro-filtration process can reduce your original oil disposal amount by 50%. If your main goal is to enhance the overall quality of your food, FiltaFry will ultimately extend the lifetime of premium cooking oil. By removing over 99% of carbon from your fryer, you will see consistent results with your food product.

A few reasons why Filta may be the best option for your business:

  • Reduced frying costs
  • Labor savings
  • Increased safety
  • Improved food consistency
  • Convenience
  • Sustainability

If you’re ready to take a step toward improving the quality of your food, your oil storage and disposal, and overall enhancing your business, request a free demo today and let Filta help you get started.


Contact us today for a free, no-obligation meeting to discuss our services and provide a quote.

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