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sk bob

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Oil for deep fryer Thu, 10/25/07 6:52 PM (permalink)
What is the best all around oil to use in a deep fryer for home use?
I'll be frying frozen seafood,fresh chicken,fresh &frozen french fries, hot dogs,etc. alladvice would be helpful. thanks.
 
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    enginecapt

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    RE: Oil for deep fryer Thu, 10/25/07 7:38 PM (permalink)
    Peanut. Although I've been using a lot of sunflower oil lately.
     
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      CajunKing

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      RE: Oil for deep fryer Thu, 10/25/07 8:16 PM (permalink)
      Peanut Oil

      Doesnt break down too easliy at higher temps.

      Ccan be strained and reused if stored in a cool place.

       
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        Sundancer7

        RE: Oil for deep fryer Fri, 10/26/07 4:09 AM (permalink)
        I have wanted to buy a deep fryer or a pressure fryer but I have concerns about the life of the oil if left in the fryer. I will use it only occasionally. How long can you leave the oil in the fryer? Does it get rancid?

        Thanks

        Paul E. Smith
        Knoxville, TN
         
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          jellybear

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          RE: Oil for deep fryer Fri, 10/26/07 9:16 AM (permalink)
          As long as you strain it and put it in the Fridge its good to go.But dont cook Chicken and Fish in the same grease.
           
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            douginvirginia

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            RE: Oil for deep fryer Fri, 10/26/07 9:29 AM (permalink)
            As others have said, peanut oil is the way to go.

            If you have access to an Asian market, it's much, much, cheaper.
             
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              LuckyLabrador

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              RE: Oil for deep fryer Fri, 10/26/07 12:06 PM (permalink)
              I vote for Crisco, the solid in a can, for absolutely the best taste!
               
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                Sundancer7

                RE: Oil for deep fryer Fri, 10/26/07 12:36 PM (permalink)
                quote:
                Originally posted by jellybear

                As long as you strain it and put it in the Fridge its good to go.But dont cook Chicken and Fish in the same grease.


                How long is the oil stable if left in the fryer?

                Paul E. Smith
                Knoxville, TN
                 
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                  sk bob

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                  RE: Oil for deep fryer Fri, 10/26/07 8:24 PM (permalink)
                  I just remebered, they sell lard at walmart down here. any comments?
                   
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                    essemjay58

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                    RE: Oil for deep fryer Fri, 10/26/07 9:34 PM (permalink)
                    Sundancer, I don't think you can leave that oil in the fryer for more than a day or two. It's not so much that the oil itself would go bad, but the food particles in it. I know it's a pain in the butt, but I think it should be filtered and refrigerated unless re-using withinthe next day or so.
                     
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                      Davydd

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                      RE: Oil for deep fryer Fri, 10/26/07 10:48 PM (permalink)
                      Peanut oil is probably the best. Canola oil is a good substitute. Both fry well at very high temperatures and that is what you need.
                       
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                        sk bob

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                        RE: Oil for deep fryer Sun, 10/28/07 4:42 PM (permalink)
                        wal-mart in daytona has peanut oil for $9.74 a gallon.
                         
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                          Twinwillow

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                          RE: Oil for deep fryer Sun, 10/28/07 5:14 PM (permalink)
                          I love peanut oil. There are many good suggestions above to find it at the cheapest price.
                          Crisco is great for taste and crispness. But, oh, those damn trans fats.
                          Growing up, my mom always used Crisco. No wonder nothing tastes as good now.
                           
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                            rjb

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                            RE: Oil for deep fryer Sun, 10/28/07 5:48 PM (permalink)
                            quote:
                            Originally posted by Sundancer7

                            I have wanted to buy a deep fryer or a pressure fryer but I have concerns about the life of the oil if left in the fryer. I will use it only occasionally. How long can you leave the oil in the fryer? Does it get rancid?

                            Thanks

                            Paul E. Smith
                            Knoxville, TN

                            Other than take up counter space, what does a deep fryer do that a heavy pot on the stove with a good thermometer can't?

                            As to the oil, I don't bother filtering & saving it. Given my relativly infrequent deep frying, fresh oil is a cheap indulgence.
                             
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                              Davydd

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                              RE: Oil for deep fryer Sun, 10/28/07 6:44 PM (permalink)
                              rjb,

                              I'm kind of the same way with oil. I so infrequently fry that it is not worth the effort and refrigerator space to save a gallon of oil. In the winter I might filter and save and then put it out on the unused screen porch thinking I will use it again. I've only actually re-used oil once that way. Most times in the spring after it warms up I look at that oil and then dispose it. But as for the deep fryer it is a godsend in that you can bring it up to a consistent and precise temperature you want and not worry about it flashing over. Also the built in basket makes it so much easier to fry.
                               
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                                Grillmeister

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                                RE: Oil for deep fryer Sun, 10/28/07 7:50 PM (permalink)

                                A friend of mine disposes of his old frying oil (and the oil from local restaurants) by burning it in his diesel truck. He carries around a steel cylinder which has been pumped down to a vacuum and collects used oil whenever the opportunity arises. He filters it out, mixes it with diesel and gets a big boost in his MPG! Last time I rode in that truck, he had recently visited a Chinese restaurant. The smell of the exhaust wasn't bad, but I'm wondering what it will be like when he hits the fish places.
                                 
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                                  tort2

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                                  RE: Oil for deep fryer Sun, 10/28/07 8:30 PM (permalink)
                                  Following the revelations in the Hot Dog Forum (John Fox revealed that Rutts Hut uses beef tallow in their frying oil, and until a few years ago, beef tallow was the secret ingredient that made McDonalds fries so tasty and famous ), I started using beef tallow mixed (appx 50/50) with vegetable oil and let me tell you, I can't believe how tasty my fries and dogs are!
                                   
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                                    kensandyeggo

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                                    RE: Oil for deep fryer Sun, 10/28/07 10:55 PM (permalink)
                                    An old girlfriend of mine was called "Crisco" because she was "fat in her can."................God, I wish I hadn't hit that "Submit" button.
                                     
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                                      Twinwillow

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                                      RE: Oil for deep fryer Sun, 10/28/07 10:57 PM (permalink)
                                      I'm curious. Does beef tallow contain trans fats? Also, where do you buy beef tallow?
                                       
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                                        tort2

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                                        RE: Oil for deep fryer Mon, 10/29/07 1:42 AM (permalink)
                                        My limited understanding of science is that Trans Fats are artificial fats, and since beef tallow is the extra fat that the butchers trim from steaks (you know, the white stuff), my limited intelligence and even more limited grasp of logic would suggest that Beef Tallow does not contain transfat.

                                        I get mine from the supermarket butcher. I ask him to save me the trimmings from the steaks and I usually give him a 10 spot every week ($10). I have searched high and low and this is (for me) the ONLY source of beef tallow. If anybody has a source online for it, I would really appreciate the info.

                                        Note: If you do find some, the way to do it is to render it slowly over low heat for about 50 minutes or so till the hardly any solid bits remain. Discard the meat and bits and filter the liquid tallow and you're good to go. When at room temp, it resembles lard.
                                         
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                                          lostnthemail

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                                          RE: Oil for deep fryer Mon, 10/29/07 7:23 AM (permalink)
                                          And what do you do with your oil when you're ready to discard it?
                                           
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                                            Davydd

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                                            RE: Oil for deep fryer Mon, 10/29/07 12:13 PM (permalink)
                                            Along with left over paints and used motor oils it sits in my garage and goes to our county hazardous recycle center when it accumulates to the point that it becomes a nuisance to me or when my wife nags me. Same with old TVs, computers, batteries and fluorescent lights. Spent inkjet cartridges get put in bags furnished by the University of Minnesota Raptor Center and given to them for disposal.
                                             
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