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Deep Frying Safety Tips

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Summer is right around the corner. Soon enough you will be frying summertime classics, such as fish, corn dogs, fried chicken, French fries, and Oreos®! Frying food can be delicious, but also dangerous. With these simple tips, you can fry happily and safely all summer long!

  • Pick a kind of oil that has a high smoke point. The smoke point is the temperature at which the oil will start to burn and smoke. If you heat the oil past its smoke point, your food will have a distinct burnt flavor, nutrients in the oil will be lost, and harmful free radicals will be created. You want to pick a more refined oil that has a high smoke point. Light olive oil, avocado oil, corn oil, almond oil, sunflower oil, and sesame oil are ideal for cooking at higher temperatures.
  • Never fill your pan too full with oil. A good rule of thumb is to fry the food in 1 ½ - 2 inches of oil (which equals about 4 cups). You do not want to pour too much oil into your pan, or it will splash out of the pan or boil over when you put your food into the pan.

  • Carefully monitor the oil’s temperature. You will need a food thermometer to track the oil’s rising temperature. You want to keep it between 160 degrees Celsius (320 degrees Fahrenheit) and 190 degrees Celsius (374 degrees Fahrenheit). You do not want to heat it any higher than this range because the oil could potentially catch on fire, or start to bubble too rapidly and get out of control.

  • Do not fry wet food. If you put wet food into the frying pan, it will cause the hot oil to bubble, which could burn you. If your chicken or other food is wet, simply dry it with some paper towels before frying it.

  • Have the pan’s lid close by. You want to have lid on hand incase the hot oil starts bubbling over rapidly, or if it catches fire.

  • Turn the pan’s handles to the back of the stove. If you have the pan’s handle towards the front of the burner, you could accidentally knock it off causing it to spill.

  • Make sure to keep children out of the kitchen. Little ones can accidentally spill the hot oil, or could distract you and the oil can burn or catch on fire.

  • Carefully remove the food from the pan with a slotted spoon or tongs. You want the hot oil to drain as you take the food out.

  • Let the oil cool completely and then dispose of it properly. Never pour your oil down the sink, as it can harden and clog your pipes. Instead, pour the cooled grease into a container, such as an old milk jug.

We hope that you follow these simple tips when you are frying a family favorite this summer season! If you have any questions on how to properly dispose of your oil or if you want to learn about our used cooking oil pickup services, call us today at 800-473-2733! Or, visit: http://www.acegrease.com/services/used-cooking-oil-pickup.