Just getting into using a deep fryer for the first time? If you are, you may already know that using and maintaining a fryer is no easy task, but it is always well worth it for that delicious, crispy, fried food that comes out of your fryer within minutes.
You may already be aware that you can store and reuse oil from your deep fryer. Today, we are going to be discussing how you can properly store oil from your deep fryer for future use.
How long can you keep cooking oil in a deep fryer?
The answer to this question largely depends on a lot of different variables. So anyone who claims that they are an expert and gives you a hard answer for exactly how many days, weeks, or months that you can keep using an oil, you should automatically be suspicious of.
You will know when your oil is at the end of its lifespan when a few different things start to happen.
– Your food starts becoming more greasy than it is crispy. When the food that you start frying becomes greasier, that means that your oil is getting diluted and is becoming less hydrophobic. That means that it is time to change your oil.
– Foam starts to appear on the top surface of the oil.
– It becomes more difficult to get the oil up to the proper frying temperature without it smoking.
– When it starts to get a dark and murky look
– When your oil acquires a fishy smell
When your oil starts exhibiting any or all of these characteristics, it’s time for it to go. Now that we have taken a look at some ways that you know when your oil has gone bad, let’s take a look at some ways that you can better store and preserve your oil.
How do you strain cooking oil before storing it?
One of the first things that you need to do before storing your oil is make sure that you strain it properly. Wait until your oil has completely cooled first before handling it.
The first thing that you need to do is grab a kitchen utensil so that you can skim the top of the oil. This will help you to remove any floating food debris from the surface of the oil. Then, pour the oil through a fine strainer and into a clean pot. This will help remove any additional debris that is hiding in the oil.
Some deep fryers on the market come with an oil filtration system. T-Fal FR8000 EZ Clean Deep Fryer is one of the best deep fryers that has a custom oil filtration system to drains, filters, and stores your oils safely for future use.
How to store oil from a deep fryer?
Then you can pour the oil through a funnel and into its container in the fryer, or you can pour it into a separate container to store in a cool, dark place like your refrigerator. Then, your oil will be clean and ready for your next meal.