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TIL - Gutter oil is a thing

Today I learned that sewer oil is a thing in China. People scrap the oil out of traps in the sewers, boil off the liquid, then sell the oil to restaurants and food stalls.

If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.

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  • danhoodanhoo Posts: 259
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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 22,290
    edited January 8
    I thought I’d heard of shittty fried food before, but this is another story.
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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 25,045
    That is something I do not need to know.  "What has been seen cannot be unseen."
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • kl8tonkl8ton Posts: 3,828
    I'm not watching that,  but I can't un-know it!
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  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 12,974
    Some knowledge shouldn't be kept to oneself.


    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 12,045
    “In our current society, everybody tries to swindle everybody else.  There’s nothing we can do about it”
  • LegumeLegume Posts: 12,045
    edited January 8
    I guess you don’t have to believe, you just need to be compliant for it to work.
  • lkapigianlkapigian Posts: 8,530
    I used to work on the steam systems for a grease recycling service , pretty disgusting , don’t think this stuff made it into food, but it’s a thing here to, biodiesel and other things 
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  • calikingcaliking Posts: 16,066
    Kinda eeewww... but I presume its sterile, after all the boiling. Maybe one of the reasons why street food tastes so much better. 

    I think I'd be ok with it. caliqueen said that she definitely would not be. 

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  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 12,974
    edited January 8
    caliking said:
    Kinda eeewww... but I presume its sterile, after all the boiling. Maybe one of the reasons why street food tastes so much better. 

    I think I'd be ok with it. caliqueen said that she definitely would not be. 
    I definitely would not be ok with it.  You can boil and steam ****.  It is still ****.  Imagine all the degreasers and cleaners and non-bio-mass junk that is in that too!  I imagine there is more than one used condom boiled in each batch.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
  • alaskanassasinalaskanassasin Posts: 5,018
    Was this part of the TMNT origin story?
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  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 22,290
    caliking said:
    Kinda eeewww... but I presume its sterile, after all the boiling. Maybe one of the reasons why street food tastes so much better. 

    I think I'd be ok with it. caliqueen said that she definitely would not be. 
    Carcinogens can be plenty sterile while still not being something you want to consume.
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

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  • Ozzie_IsaacOzzie_Isaac Posts: 12,974
    caliking said:
    Kinda eeewww... but I presume its sterile, after all the boiling. Maybe one of the reasons why street food tastes so much better. 

    I think I'd be ok with it. caliqueen said that she definitely would not be. 
    Carcinogens can be plenty sterile while still not being something you want to consume.
    I suspect uranium is pretty sterile.
    If it is worth doing, it is worth overdoing.

    Some Eggs, some Weber stuff, the occasional Traeger, and various other things that make flames and hold coals.
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 22,290
    I’ve had colleagues who have visited China for a scientific conference and had some real issues with the food there.  And these are seasoned international travelers.  

    No thanks.  I have a very open mind when it comes to visiting foreign lands (know anyone else who has been to Karachi that isn’t in the military?) but I don’t have much of any interest visiting China.  
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

    Living large in the 919
  • I’ve had colleagues who have visited China for a scientific conference and had some real issues with the food there.  And these are seasoned international travelers.  

    No thanks.  I have a very open mind when it comes to visiting foreign lands (know anyone else who has been to Karachi that isn’t in the military?) but I don’t have much of any interest visiting China.  
    Yes. My grandmother, a Caucasian woman then in her early 90s (and not in the military), spent nearly half of every year in Karachi until just a few years back. Had a house there. The woman’s keema could melt your face…. And I like spicy. Was nearly inedible, but in the best way possible. 
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 22,290
    I’ve had colleagues who have visited China for a scientific conference and had some real issues with the food there.  And these are seasoned international travelers.  

    No thanks.  I have a very open mind when it comes to visiting foreign lands (know anyone else who has been to Karachi that isn’t in the military?) but I don’t have much of any interest visiting China.  
    Yes. My grandmother, a Caucasian woman then in her early 90s (and not in the military), spent nearly half of every year in Karachi until just a few years back. Had a house there. The woman’s keema could melt your face…. And I like spicy. Was nearly inedible, but in the best way possible. 
    That’s interesting.  What was your grandmother doing in Karachi?

    With the food, I don’t actually remember it being all that spicy. But maybe the folks we were staying with eased things up a bit for the Yanks.
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

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  • @JohnInCarolina: Her partner, whom she met while working at a university, was a Pakistani man who grew up in Germany - the accent was highly unique; just try to imagine it. 

    They had a house in Karachi for many years. She had invited me, but it is far from the safest of cities.
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 22,290
    @JohnInCarolina: Her partner, whom she met while working at a university, was a Pakistani man who grew up in Germany - the accent was highly unique; just try to imagine it. 

    They had a house in Karachi for many years. She had invited me, but it is far from the safest of cities.
    I was there in 1992.  I never felt unsafe there, but we were with locals.  And obviously it was a different time.

    Mostly what I remember is the smell of trash burning in the streets, the traffic (insane), and the beggars.  The poverty there was unlike anything I had ever seen or experienced.  
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

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  • lousubcaplousubcap Posts: 25,045
    @JohnInCarolina - you really need to get out more! =)
    Louisville; "indeterminate Jim" here.  Rolling smoke in the neighbourhood. # 38 for the win.  Life is too short for light/lite beer!
  • stv8rstv8r Posts: 986
    Wow this is truly revolting :open_mouth:
  • JohnInCarolinaJohnInCarolina Posts: 22,290
    lousubcap said:
    @JohnInCarolina - you really need to get out more! =)
    What can I say, I was 20 years old.  Most of my classmates were going home over the winter break.  
    "A generation of the unteachable is hanging upon us like a necklace of corpses." - George Orwell 

    "I've made a note never to piss you two off." - Stike

    Ruining the forum, one post at a time.  

    Living large in the 919
  • ValleyGirlValleyGirl Posts: 47
    Lived in Ghana in the 60's, nothing surprises me after that!
  • nolaeggheadnolaegghead Posts: 39,248
    There's not really a risk of live biological infection as this stuff is boiled, however there's also no control over what organic and inorganic contaminants come through the process.   Heavy metal organometallics and organics that are harmful like pesticides, herbicides, engine oils, various hydraulic fluids, fuels like kerosene, diesel, gasoline, etc. 

    Looking retrospectively, I've noticed chemical smells from some Chinese canned foods. 

    Thanks for the nightmare fuel.
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  • Langner91Langner91 Posts: 792
    I've been there 36 times. As long as I stay away from ice and water, I am fine.  I have eaten so many things that were mis-represented, I refuse to think about it.  I know my colleagues have lied to me.

    Gutter oil must not cause sickness or death, or the Chinese government would never let it out of a lab...
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  • CTMikeCTMike Posts: 2,762
    caliking said:
    Kinda eeewww... but I presume its sterile, after all the boiling. Maybe one of the reasons why street food tastes so much better. 

    I think I'd be ok with it. caliqueen said that she definitely would not be. 
    Carcinogens can be plenty sterile while still not being something you want to consume.
    I suspect uranium is pretty sterile.
    Uranium can be sterilizing in high enough doses
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