It’s important to have your aluminum foil ready before you start to cook. It can take upwards of five hours for bacon grease to solidify in the refrigerator, but you’ll notice that it begins to congeal shortly after your finish cooking. Instead of scrapping globs of bacon grease from your pan into the garbage, have an aluminum foil-lined bowl ready to go. You just need it large enough to contain however much leftover cooking oil you’re planning on disposing of.
First, line the bowl with a piece of aluminum foil. Keep in mind that your aluminum foil needs to be free from tears and any overlapped pieces should be sealed closed. This ensures you trap all the grease inside and have minimal cleanup afterward. You can also opt to skip this step and place your aluminum foil directly over your sink drain. Lightly push your aluminum foil into your sink stopper until it forms the shape of a bowl. You can use a cup to push it into place if you don’t have a sink stopper — just make sure you leave enough excess aluminum foil around the edges so your makeshift bowl doesn’t go down the drain. Once your bowl or sink drain is lined with aluminum foil, you’re ready to cook! Pour any excess cooking oil into your grease bowl and save your plumbing from potential clogs.