One problem that frequently plagues deep fryer owners is that their frying oil often spoils after just a few uses. With these few simple tips you can make your cooking oil fresh for months without going rancid, improve the taste of your food and cleaning your electric deep fryer will be a breeze.
Many electric deep fryers now come with a filtration system that will filter out small bits of leftover batter and food floating in your frying oil. However, if you have a more spartan or older model, you’ll have to filter your oil manually. Filtering oil is a messy job, but it is necessary to keep your oil fresh and to prevent leftover foods from leaving a bad taste. If you don’t dean out your cooking oil periodically, foods you fry in dirty oil will absorb flavors from old foods and might even taste burnt from leftover food particles.
First, find a large deep container to store your oil in. Then get a mesh strainer and place it over the container. Pour out your dirty oil into the strainer slowly and wait until all the solid particles have filtered out of the oil. You can then transfer the frying oil back into your electric deep fryer.
This should be done periodically to keep your oil fresh as long as possible.When not in use, be sure to put the cover on your electric deep fryer. This will keep out oxygen and light which will quickly oxidize your oil and turn it rancid. Covering your fryer will also make sure that no oil spills out and dust and debris don’t end up in your fryer.
As long as you filter your oil, avoid excessively high temperatures, and keep your oil covered in the dark, it should last for several months. You should dispose of frying oil when the oil darkens in color, starts to smell rancid, and becomes thick and viscous. Stay tuned for our next article on how to properly dispose of frying oil from your electric deep fryer.