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Old 04-02-2012, 03:15 PM   #1
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Default When you deep fry fish do you use the oil just once?

We like to deep fry yellow perch but it seems like such a waste and expensive to use the oil just once. I would think you could run the oil through a coffee strainer or a regular strainer to get the pieces of gunk out of it.

We use strickly canola oil but my wife says you can't use the oil again. Restaurants use oil over and over again, so I know it can be done. Do you guys use the oil just once? If not, what do you put it in and how do you store it to use it again?

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No! Plain old Louanna vegetable oil, chunk it when I am done.
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I pour mine back into a plastic container, or the container it came from, freeze it, and re-use it.
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Cool it, strain with sieve, pour into qt canning jars and refridgerate.
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I have the Emeril fryer with built in filter system; sucker is the coolest "non-commercial" fryer I have ever used. It stores the oil in a container in the unit, has a heating coil that sits in the oil (so it doesn't burn the loose breading), and a good top. I use the oil a number of times (it tells you when to change oil), and it is still good. Our son saw it in an Emeril exhibition in Birmingham, got me one, and we love it!
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Good grief guys. Of course you can re use it.
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There should be no problem using it anywhere from four to five times.....as long as it has never burned..or been heated to over 425 degrees...

Also, i keep my fish cooking oil separate from other oils..
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Of course you can re use the oil!
I fry my fish....then pour the oil back into my truck engine where I got it from.

10-W-30 weight really adds a nice crispness to crumb fried trout
Tangy too.. especialy if you have over 5000 miles on it.

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I use peanut oil. I filter it and put it back in the container it came in and store that in the fridge. I only re-use it several times. I use to fry a heck of alot of fish up until the time I sold my Erie boat. Walleye and perch. Had some great perch fish fries. Fried fish don't get much better than yellow perch.

A real easy to use coating is "Fryin Magic". In the grocery store in a tan colored box.
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I use peanut oil. I filter it and put it back in the container it came in and store that in the fridge. I only re-use it several times. I use to fry a heck of alot of fish up until the time I sold my Erie boat. Walleye and perch. Had some great perch fish fries. Fried fish don't get much better than yellow perch.

A real easy to use coating is "Fryin Magic". In the grocery store in a tan colored box.
Best I've ever had.

I fry outside on the BBQ in a big cast iron skillet.

2 minutes per side.
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There should be no problem using it anywhere from four to five times.....as long as it has never burned..or been heated to over 425 degrees...

Also, i keep my fish cooking oil separate from other oils..

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Of course you can re use the oil!
I fry my fish....then pour the oil back into my truck engine where I got it from.

10-W-30 weight really adds a nice crispness to crumb fried trout
Tangy too.. especial if you have over 5000 miles on it.
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just dont overheat it
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Someone said after frying a turkey in peanut oil he adds an egg white to preserve it for the next use
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When I was in college I worked for an on sight catering company at special events throughout the mid-west. We cooked for bands, events, movie sets who ever asked. More than once we had multiple events in a day where we would re-use oil at different sites. The owner/chef told me for home use as long as you do not burn the oil and strain the food particles (so they do not rot) out of it once it has cooled you can re-use the oil for up to 6 months. It has never been refrigerated. I just use the gallon container from the oil, an oil filter with a fine coffee filter in it and it works great. I have done this for the last 20 years without an issue. One thing I do is that if I had a fish fry I always cook my fish last, then the next time I use the fryer, I will take a small batch of fries I don't mind losing, fry them up and discard them. This takes the flavor of any fish out of the oil, which was present from last time. I always cook my fries first, then fish last. My fish always comes out great with no residual taste in the fries.
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Ditto, use fries to clean oil. Potatoes soak up residual tastes left in the oil. I used to cook fish on a large scale a lot, we'd get new oil 2x per year...

Just save a handful of fries for the end....
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10w-30 is a lot cheaper than peanut oil these days...
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I have a fry daddy (or something like the fry daddy) and it has a plastic top. I don't even strain the oil I just put the whole thing in my garage frig. Its good for about 3 or 4 times cooking battered products. If I'm just cooking french fries it last alot longer. I also use peanut oil as it fries much better.
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I have a Fry Daddy also (love it BTW), and I'll usually change the oil after cooking fish 2 times, but I can get 4-5 times usage for potatoes.
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When I strain my oil I use a paint strainer. I have a large funnel and the paint strainer fits in it perfectly. Then just toss the strainer and your done. I`m gonna have to try the french fry thing.
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