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Reuse frying oil?

shell22 Aug 4, 2011 01:01 PM

I RARELY deep fry. I made my son fresh cut french fries for his birthday and wonder if I should get rid of the 2 qts of oil or if it could be reused? I wouldn't reuse it in normal cooking or baking, but was wondering if I could keep it for deep frying, and if so how long? Recommended storage method?

This is probably why I never deep fry! Thanks!

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    jmorri26 Aug 5, 2011 12:09 PM

    I always always reuse til I can't anymore. If it smells funny, pitch it. Otherwise fry on. And yes, fish is the fastest way to make oil not last. I fry catfish when I can and anything you cook after could possibly catch a little fishy smell/taste.

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    1. re: jmorri26
      smartie Aug 5, 2011 02:02 PM

      unless you are going to fry fish again then I re-use previously fried fish oil.

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      pine time Aug 5, 2011 11:40 AM

      I always re-use oil from pakoras or samosas, but strain and filter it before the next batch. Won't reuse fish oil, though, just my quirk.

      1. GotBaddog Aug 4, 2011 07:49 PM

        If you don't use it, put a little on the dog's dry food daily. It will shine up his coat.

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          Sydneyeats Aug 4, 2011 02:36 PM

          I strain the oil and use it about 2-3 more times with the final use being fish or onion rings.

          @ arktos---I will try your tip with the ginger. Thanks!

          1. pdxgastro Aug 4, 2011 02:33 PM

            Strain in big strainer lined with coffee filter. Pour back into original container (eg gallon jug).

            Very important not to burn the oil.

            1. arktos Aug 4, 2011 01:51 PM

              TIP= You can heat up a small chunck of ginger in your oil for 10-15 minutes in order to get rid of off smells, especially fishy smells.

              1. raytamsgv Aug 4, 2011 01:10 PM

                I always reuse the oil that I used for deep-frying. Restaurants do with the oil in the deep fryer. Sometimes, they will keep it around for a few days depending on how much stuff was deep fried. I would just cover the oil until it's next use. You can use it for any purpose.

                1. inaplasticcup Aug 4, 2011 01:05 PM

                  You can definitely keep if for another 2 deep frying sessions, provided you don't fry fish in it (unless both the 2nd and 3rd times or just the 3rd time is fish).

                  I also use it for frying or sauteing.

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                  1. re: inaplasticcup
                    Chowrin Aug 4, 2011 01:22 PM

                    ... about ten, if you do a lot. You'll know it when you've got too much burnt potato. but you can always strain...

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