Monday, 16 January 2017

Fats in Food - Save your drains!

absorb bin review

I don’t know about you but I have never stopped for even a minute to think about what I’m putting down the sink. Call it naive, stupidity, still kinda new to this whole adulting thing, whatever, but I don’t remember a single time when someone told me what not to put down the sink

absorb bin review

Here’s a tow curling fact for you all, the North West of England alone pours 2.9 MILLION STONE of fat down the plughole. 2.9 MILLION STONE. I kinda need to let that sink in for a moment. (Oh, I’m hilarious). Fats, oils, and grease from cooking, each household contributes around 14lbs of it! Most of it comes from frying food, with the average household frying up around 3 times a week. I know we fry around 4-5 times a week, 7+ when I’m in one of my cooking moods. But what does it matter? I mean it’s just a little oil here and there, and I use extra virgin, which is healthy and what not, so, you know, what’s the problem?

United Utilities attends around 53,000 call-outs every year for blocked pipes, plug holes that don’t drain and blockages. But this has nothing to do with the water company, and if you really bugger up your pipes, well, your insurance cover wants nothing to do with you either. Adulting. Who knew?

absorb bin review

So, hello Absorb Bin. This clever little lunchbox looking doohickey soaks up all your fatty kitchen waste in minutes, instantly eliminating the risk of blocked and buggered drains! The simple white plastic design is so sleek, it fits into any sized kitchen effortlessly. I’ve had mine on the counter for a week now and hardly noticed it being there - and my kitchen is tiny. Open the lid and you’re met with a super absorbent corrugated inner tray. As soon as your poor your fats and oils in, they are instantly sucked up. Job done. That’s it. That easy. No chemicals, no mess, no fuss and no more bunged up plug holes. 

absorb bin review

Seeing is believing so I whipped up a batch of my perfect crispy Parmentier potatoes to really test it out. 

  • I use 1 potato per person, washed, peeled and chopped into rough 1cm cubes. 
  • Get a large frying pan on high heat and add 2-3 tablespoons of vegetable oil. 
  • Fry the potatoes on medium - high for around 10 minutes whilst the oven heats up. 
  • Pop the potatoes in a roasting dish, add your flavorings (if any), then cook at around 180 for 45 minutes.

Every 15 minutes or so you’re going to want to take the roasting dish out and toss the potatoes, this stops them sticking to the bottom and ensures a crispy, even cook!

absorb bin review

And of course, all that cooking oil went straight into the Absorb Bin instead of down the drain. It soaked up the oils no bother. I’ve noticed there’s no smell coming from the bin either. Each fat trapper pad lasts around a week depending on how often you’re using it!

Now, competition time! United Utilities want to see your best rostie photo! One where you haven’t chucked the excess fat down the drain! Simply pop your picture up on Instagram with the hashtag #binfat2winthat for your chance to win £100 of supermarket vouchers! Ready, steady, potato!

Which fact shocked you more? The amount of fats and oils we put down the sink or my inability to adult?

Until next time, 

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