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How to safely store and re-use your cooking oil

Do you fry a lot at home? You might sometimes wonder if you’re doing the right thing by frying your plantain with the same oil you’ve used to fry potato few days back.

Fried plantain(aka dodo)

If you intend to re-use oil, it’s best to fry with oils that have a high smoke point. What does high smoke point mean? It’s simply the temperature at which oil breaks down and begins to smoke. Most vegetable oils have higher smoke points than animal fats, while refined oils have higher smoke points than unrefined.

Take note, that every time you use oil, its smoke point drops. Once oil smokes, it is no longer safe nor desirable to reuse. .

Use oils with high smoke points

Keep reading, to find out tips that will help you safely store and re-use your cooking oil (no need to throw it away after the first use)

  • Store in an air-tight jar: This tip is really cool because it gives you a creative way to make use of old glass jars at home. This is a good way to preserve it before next use. Simply allow oil to cool before storing.
Store oil in air-tight container
  • Use a strainer to filter food particles out of the oil: This will keep it particle-free and fresh.
Filter oil using a strainer
  • Watch out for expiry dates: Before you store used cooking oil, check the bottle for the product’s expiry date. If it’s expired, throw it immediately. You can safely discard oil by turning it into a sealed container and putting in the bin. Do not pour oil into sink holes as this can clog pipes and cause other problems.
  • Separate oils used to fry different foods: Do not mix oil used for fried fish or seafood with the one used to fry chicken. Label your storage jars so you know which one to use subsequently.
  • Store in a cool dry and dark place: Oils can break down fast when stored in a well-lit area with high humidity.
  • Discard oil if it foams, smells or color changes to brown or black.

Here are some additional guidelines on how to store used cooking oil (Culled from actenviro.com)

  • Oil from fried chicken can be stored and reused 3 to 4 times max. Tests show that after the 4th reuse the cooking oil turned a murky, green color.
  • Oil from fries is generally “cleaner” which means this type of used cooking oil can be used a maximum of 8 times.
  • Cooking oil from a dish that’s been breaded or battered (like puff puff and buns) is safe to reuse up to 3 to 4 times. 

Keep these tips in mind when next you fry any food. Did you find this insightful?, please share on your social media platforms.

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