Fried foods are on the menus of all kinds of establishments. Whether you have a burger joint, an Italian restaurant, or a tapas bar, you should use a deep fryer, and how to get high-quality fries is key. In this post, we will tell you how often you need to change it, how to filter oil from the fryer, and even how to dispose of the oil once it becomes unusable.
How can the taste of oil affect food in a deep fryer?
Because frying requires that your food be dipped in oil throughout its cooking process, using oil with a strong flavor can affect the taste of the food you are frying. For example, olive oil is often recognized for its distinctive flavor that is desirable in dishes such as pasta or as a salad dressing. However, its flavor may not mix well with many traditional fried foods.
How often should the fryer oil be changed?
How long you can keep the oil in the fryer depends on what you have been frying and how often, the quality of the oil and the cleanliness of the fryer. While there is no time limit that applies to all situations, it is simple to know when to change the oil in the fryer.
How do I know when to change the oil in the fryer?
The fryer oil should be changed when it smokes at lower than normal temperatures, darkens, starts to smell unpleasant, or thickens and becomes frothy on the surface. These are all signs that the oil is breaking down and is no longer usable. Any of these changes can make your oil unsafe to work with, so it's best to change it.
Can I leave oil in my fryer?
While it is best to store oil outside of the fryer when not in use for long periods of time, you can leave oil in the fryer for short periods. That said, it's important to filter the oil first to make sure food scraps don't spoil while you're in the fryer. Also, you should always keep your fryer covered and cool when not in use, as light and heat are two of the main factors in oil deterioration.
Ideally, you should store the oil in a cool, dark place. Storing filtered oil in a watertight, light-tight container to help extend oil life and save you money.
How to clean and filter fryer oil
Before you can clean and filter the oil in the fryer, you need to make sure the oil is cold. Hot or warm oil is a burn hazard and can damage your filter equipment. Once your oil is cold, use a slotted spoon to remove any floating food debris from the oil's surface.
How to filter a large amount of fryer oil
If you have to filter a large batch of oil, you may consider investing in a deep fryer oil filtration system. In many cases, these machines will remove oil from the fryer, filter it, and then return the oil to the fryer. Oil filter machines for manual fryers save energy because they work by hand. However, the electric fryer oil filtration systems are more efficient as they use electricity to drive the transfer and filtration process.
How to Dispose of Fryer Oil
To properly dispose of used cooking oil from the fryer, pour the oil into a zip-lock bag and put it in the trash. Always check your bags for tears or punctures before transferring the oil, as even a slow leak could create a mess in your dumpster or dumpster.
Alternatively, you can find disposal centers that recycle cooking oil. Some areas have organizations that collect oil for recycling. If this is not available in your area, you can search for restaurant oil collection services. These organizations will come to your business and remove the oil.
Can oil be poured down the drain?
No. While it may be tempting to pour cooking oil down the drain, getting rid of it this way could be against local ordinance. Never pour fryer oil down the drain, even with hot water. The grease particles in your oil can solidify and cause blockages in your pipes, which will cause major problems with your pipe system.