It’s the day we’ve all been anxiously waiting for since the day after Valentine’s when all the chocolate was on sale… Pancake Day!
Shrove Tuesday, according to Wikipedia, “is the day in February or March immediately preceding Ash Wednesday (the first day of Lent), which is celebrated in some countries by consuming pancakes. Also the last day of “fat eating” or “gorging” before the fasting period of Lent.”
So grab your eggs, milk, flour, syrup, lemon and sugar and let’s get flipping! How about we start with a basic pancake recipe?
You will need the following;
- 100g plain flour
- 2 large eggs
- 300ml milk
- 1 tbsp sunflower or vegetable oil, plus a little extra for frying
But wait! Before you start frying those pancakes up, there’s something you need to be sure you have also. You will need a plastic container/old plastic bottle. Why you may ask?
This is why!
You’ve probably seen a lot about fatbergs in the news over the year. This one in a London sewer, This one in Dorset and more recently this one in Liverpool. Fatbergs are a congealed lump in a sewer system formed by the combination of non-biodegradable solid matter such as wet wipes with grease or cooking fat. London’s famous fatberg was dissected into chunks. These chunks are now on display in the Museum of London. Yes, you read that correctly. Chunks of everything that you shove down your loo or sink, including wet wipes, cooking oil, tampons, condoms; you name it a lump of it is probably mixed up in there somewhere in the Fatberg. They even found a toilet. Yes, an actual toilet.
This is just one of the many things in the media that is now highlighting just how awfully we are treating our sewers and drains. Each time a fatberg of large size is discovered it costs up to £220,000 to clear the blockage, which in turn is reflected in our water bills. No one wants to start having to deal with an increase in water rates so now is the time we all need to be thinking more about what we are putting into our drains and toilets.
Did you know?
If you place your frying oil into a plastic container and leave it for collection with your bins the used oil can be recycled? Used cooking oil can be refined into different types of biofuels used for power generation and heating. There are now talks of used cooking oil being used in cosmetics!Researchers at Dowling College in Oakdale, New York, found that used vegetable oil can be fermented with the yeast Candida bombicola to produce “biosurfactants”. Surfactants play a key role in products as diverse as detergents and pesticides. The yeast process creates biodegradable surfactants called sophorolipids, which are often used in skin and hair products.
So when you’re making your pancakes today remember, don’t drain all that oil into your sink, simply wait for it to cool and pour into your container. Save your sewers and your environment!
Of course should your drains begin to become blocked with grime – we have the tools and the knowledge to get your drains free flowing and clear once more! Take a look at our contact details below and get in touch to put you on track in working with the best in the drainage business (that’s us of course!)
Are you in need of a reliable and efficient drainage solution? Metro Rod Deeside can help you and your businesses or homes with our drainage and plumbing services! Check out our contact details below!
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Metro Rod Deeside operate 24/7 and calls will always be answered directly by an experienced on call manager who can start diagnosing any drainage problems. Our on call manager will also assign you to an engineer who can be on site within a matter of hours. We operate throughout North Wales, including Anglesey, Chester and Wirral areas. We’re able to deal with problems such as;
- Blocked drains (internal or external)
- Sink, urinal and mainline drain blockages
- CCTV surveys of drainage systems
- Tanker Services
- Graffiti Removal
- Robotic Cutting
- Drain repairs – no dig or excavations
- Preventative maintenance