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Implementing the three R’s of cooking Oil ?!- (Reduce/Recycle/Reuse)

Be it that Crispy pakoras or delicious samosas or that crusty chicken fries, they are so “yummy” although deep frying is grimy, stinky, and a little menace. We feel it is worth the hassle!! But what happens to that ½ ltr of oil that we have used for the frying them. The mere thought of tossing it off pinches us, as oil is very expensive. But, at the same time we are not sure whether we can reuse it!!

While all of us are aware of the benefits of “Reducing” the oil consumption, most of us are ignorant about the ill-effects of “Reusing” the oil.

 What happens when we use the same oil for deep frying again and   again?

 Using fresh oil every time we cook is certainly the most safe and healthy.   But when we deep fry large quantities of food or savories frequently,   discarding large quantity of oil is practically not economical. So here are   few  tips to know how to and how long to reuse oil –

  1. Choose the right Oil - Oil choice is very important. Every oil has a   specific smoking point. It is the temperature where the oil breaks down   and start smoking. As frying occurs at high temperatures, it is better to  use oils with a high smoking point. Vegetable oils and refined oils have high smoke point and they have a longer life span.

2. Frying in right temperature – Wrong frying temperature is the root cause for the deep fry disasters. If the temperature is low, the food will be soggy and if the temperature is very high, the food would get burnt from outside but will remain raw inside. Right temperature will preserve the longevity of the oil and therefore can be reused. If the oil gets too hot, it breaks down and cannot be reused many times further. Invest on a good quality thermometer that can handle high heat and use it to check the temperature of the oil every time you deep fry.

3. Which “B” Type Food is fried Reusing the oil also depends on the “B” type of the food fried. If the food is BARE type (like French fries) or if the food is BATTERED type (onion rings), the oil can be reused as they leave less residue at the bottom. If you are frying BREADED foods that are dredged in flour (cutlets, chicken wings), it is better to avoid reusing many times, as they will not only leave a lot of detritus but also the fat these food items will render while getting fried, will get mixed with the oil, thereby breaking down the oil. The more the oil breaks down, the lesser it gets hydrophobic and we should stop reusing them.

4. Filter the Oil – After every fry, we must drain and filter the oil, if we need reuse it. The food particles and other impurities can damage its integrity. Bacteria feeds on food particles left in the oil. Use a fine mesh strainer to filter the oil at room temperature.

5. Proper storage – When the used oil is stored properly, it can increase its lifespan. Once we filter the oil, it should be stored in an air-tight container and refrigerated. Never mix the used oil with unused one. Never refrigerate more than one month. Do not worry if it gets cloudy, it will clear in room temperature.

Apart from these tips, there are crazy lot of variables that could affect your oil. End of the day, you are the best person to decide whether to reuse the oil or to trash it off. But certainly, if you smell rancid or see a change in the color of the oil (dark) or if it gets smoky on heating much before than expected to, just ditch it. Else strain, store and use it for the next fry-up.

Word of caution - Most of the restaurants, fast food joints reuse oil so many times that the oil would have gotten destabilized completely. If you smell acrid, pungent scent of oil while dinning in any restaurant, however popular it may be, just avoid eating food out there.

Remember, if excess oil consumption causes pimples and increases bad cholesterol levels, EXCESS AND WRONG REUSE of oil can cause acidity and irritable throat, and can also lead to blocking arteries and cancer too.

Comments (13)

Andie Posted on Jul 21, 2018

Deadly accurate answer. You\'ve hit the buelylse!


Gracelyne Fernando Posted on Oct 30, 2017

I\'m SO glad I came here - I read something very informative. I often throw away all the excess oil while crying little bit inside. But, I learnt how to reuse today :) SO, thank you!

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Mona Shah Posted on Oct 24, 2017

Informative.. it reminds me of one of my most confusing issues ... which oil is the healthiest? Hope you write on that next .

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Vidhya Posted on Oct 22, 2017

Good info..

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Uma Balasubramaniam Posted on Oct 20, 2017

Very informative article!

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Dhianchand Posted on Oct 20, 2017

Yes usage of oil seems very important and crucial to our health too

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Jeyashree Krishnamurthy Posted on Oct 20, 2017

Very well explained. The language is also very simple and the content is quite deep. The 3 R\'s concept is very popular for reducing the pollution. Using the same three words to explain the right usage of oil is quite innovative.

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Nirmala Csingh Posted on Oct 20, 2017

This article create awareness and informative.....good it is

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Rashmi Posted on Oct 19, 2017

It\'s very useful information.\r\nNice article\r\n

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Beena Sureshkumar Posted on Oct 19, 2017

Relieved to know that with oil can be reused. Thank you Deepa for sharing tips. Keep your blogs going.

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Roshni Rao Posted on Oct 16, 2017

Excellent read indeed. Very informative article. We need more such write-ups to increase our knowledge base on day-to-day activities and living. Thanks.

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Hemant Bali Posted on Oct 15, 2017

useful information

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Charu Posted on Oct 15, 2017

This is an article that really opened my eyes

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