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Can You Reuse Oil After Frying Chicken?

Norah Clark
Chicken after being fried in oil.

Norah Clark

Norah Clark, Editor of Boyd Hampers! Norah is a food writer with over a decade of experience in hospitality as a pastry chef, sous chef, and barista; former chef at the Savoy Hotel, Ritz Carlton, Four Seasons and Plaza Hotel.

It is common to reuse the oil that you used for frying chicken or other foods. Be sure to strain the oil to remove food debris after it cools and then properly store it. If stored properly, you can reuse oil up to 8-10 times.

Deep-frying chicken can be messy to cook and sometimes challenging; however, it is always delicious. The biggest challenge faced by most home cooks is the expense of the oil (especially in the case of peanut oil). There are some methods to get the most value from your oil.

Read on for strategies and tips to extend the shelf-life of your oil, along with other important details, such as the signs that it’s gone bad, as well as how you can dispose of it correctly.

Reusing Oil After Frying Chicken

Crispy delicious golden-brown Fried chicken can be described as an American tradition, classic comfort food enjoyed throughout the country.

The recipe can vary depending on the region; however, the pleasure of savoring an incredibly tender, juicy piece of chicken with its crisp skin is the same across all regions.

Nowadays, most of us will order fried chicken in establishments, not only to avoid some of the cleanup and work but mostly to avoid the cost of disposing the oil.

It requires a substantial amount of oil to fry a chicken, and depending on the oil you are using, it can cost you quite a bit.

The good news is that oils can be used many times following cooking. All you need is to know certain things about the procedure.

Planning to keep your oil in good condition after cooking gives you various options to take action to help you make the most from your cooking oil.

Choosing the correct oil and regulating your temperatures during the cooking phase is an excellent place to begin.

Afterward, you can wash and strain the oil before placing it in a safe place to reuse it multiple times.

The oil used to fry battered foods will typically last 3-4 fryings. The oil used to fry non-battered items can be used anywhere from 8-10 times, sometimes even more.

How Long Should You Keep Oil After Frying Chicken?

As we’ve already mentioned, the type of food you cook and the method you use to fry will play an important factor in determining the lifespan of used oil. The kind of oil you use is just as crucial as the process used to clean and preserve the oil.

Leftover oil will last for two to three months if properly stored and not reused after the initial fry. 

However, as time passes, the oil will begin to degrade and turn rancid. The process can be speeded up due to the frequency of use.

When you heat oil for frying your chicken or as a cooking method that isn’t frying, the chemicals in the oil change.

Ultimately, it will cease to serve any purpose and can't be used any further. We will talk about the best disposal method for oil shortly.

What Should You Do with Oil After Cooking Chicken?

Following these steps is the best method to keep your oil after cooking chicken.

The first step is to remove any large pieces of food from the oil. It is recommended to perform this step while the oil is hot so that these objects don’t continue to disintegrate within the oil. Be careful.

After cooling the oil for a few minutes (but not entirely), You will need to run your oil through a fine mesh filter. The finer, the more effective.

The process involves removing any remaining food particles, particularly small batter bits that have escaped during the cooking process.

We suggest straining the oil when it’s still fluid. Once the oil cools down, the fats will thicken and get more viscous, increasing the chance that food particles won’t be eliminated through the filter.

We suggest keeping an old aluminum container around. Aluminum is clean and easy to clean and won’t be affected by hot oil. It will aid in cooling it down more quickly.

It is recommended to keep a few around in different sizes for straining and disposal.

After the oil is cool, transfer the oil to a storage container. We suggest using a sturdy plastic container with a snug-fitting lid.

How Many Times Can You Reuse Frying Oil?

If you’ve taken all the correct steps to cleanse and store your old oil, you should be able to use it at least an additional three or four times in the event that you cook items that are battered or coated.

If you’re cooking things without batter, you might be able to squeeze as many as 10 additional uses from the oil you use.

You might not want to chicken in oil you used to fry a light fish in because of the conflicts in flavors. 

It's best not to cross-use oils that have cooked different proteins. Even if you’re just using one spoonful of oil for stir-frying, the oil which has been fried with chicken will preserve some flavor due to the ingredients and the meat it was cooked in. The flavor of the chicken will carry over into the food you cook it with.

How To Store Oil?

To get the longest shelf life out of used oil, you’ll have to keep it in a sealed container and keep it in the dark, cool area.

The light and heat continue to degrade your oil, while air allows moisture to enter, which can make your oil go rancid more quickly.

We recommend using an unbreakable container, such as aluminium or plastic, and then store it in the refrigerator. However, do not put the oil in a freezer because it won’t be able to retain its cooking properties.

You can, however, store fresh vegetable oil in a freezer.

How Can You Prolong The Shelf Life of Used Oil?

Alongside proper cleaning, straining, and storage practices and methods, you can extend the shelf longevity that your cooking oil has by deciding on the most suitable oils to fry chicken and also by controlling the temperature of your fry.

Oils with greater flashpoints (the temperature at which they are able to start smoking and eventually become burned) are the best for frying. The most effective oils for cooking tend to be soy, peanut, and vegetable.

Even when you use oils with high flashpoints, it is important to remain aware of the temperature that the oil can reach.

This isn’t only about keeping the oil in good condition but also has an impact on safety and, most importantly, the food quality.

The best method of monitoring the temperature of your oil is to make use of an oil thermometer that is made specifically to work with oil. It is usually equipped with a clip that permits it to be anchored on the edges of the pot that you are cooking in. Additionally, there are digital thermometers available.

The ideal temperature to fry is 300-375 degrees F.

How Can You Tell The Frying Oil Was Bad?

This is the most straightforward portion of the entire procedure. In the beginning, you’ll be able to see the oil-changing hues or even split. If you’re still not sure, you can be sure that the smell is an instant sign.

If the oil you’re using is scented with any scent that is unpleasant, It’s time to throw it out. It out. You’ll be able to tell. 

How Do You Dispose of Used Oil After Frying Oil?

Some people dump their oil in their yards. We do not advise this due to a variety of reasons. In certain instances, it’s not legal; however, more often, it can destroy grass or other vegetation.

It could even begin to smell and may attract wildlife that you don’t want. We would not advise pouring it into the drain as the cold oil will solidify and swell your drainpipes,

The most effective method of disposing of oil past its prime is to place it inside an old aluminum can or another container.

Put it into the freezer to set it slightly. Then put the container into a small-sized garbage bag. You can also use animal waste bags.

Based where you live, you could take it to a facility that specializes in the disposal of or recycling of used oil.

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