Category: Cooking Tips
When we put food in the fryer we expect it to cook quickly so that we can eat it as soon as possible. That’s the joy of frying food but what about the remaining frying oil?
Before putting the oil away for another use in the future you have to make sure that it has completely cooled down. When pouring hot liquids into a cold glass jar, the glass could crack which could be quite dangerous. It also keeps you safe from having any burns in case a drop or two falls on your hand. Furthermore, frying oil gets hotter than water and acts like a sealant so be very careful when handling it.
Strain the liquid so that no particles float around once inside the new container. The last thing you want to taste is stale food from weeks before. You can use a sieve with holes as small as possible. Place coffee filters inside the sieve to catch even tinier particles that you may not have seen.
You can pour the strained oil in either a glass jar or the bottle that it came in. Just make sure that the container is clean and free of dust. To do this neatly, use a funnel over a sink to keep surrounding surfaces clean.
You can store this cool, clean oil in the fridge to keep it fresh for a longer period of time. The oil will retain some of the taste so rather use it for same purpose as before. Avoid reusing it more than twice.
Alternative facts to keep in mind when reusing frying oil:
- Vegetables do lose water and over time the frying or cooking oil will get watered down.
- If placed in the fridge, it will go slightly clouded or murky because it is no longer at room temperature.
- Frying oil poured down the drain could affect the pipes and clog them up over time. You don’t want that to happen so don’t pour it down the drain.
- Cooking oil is edible oil yet it can still be used for small household jobs around the house. Squeaky doors can be fixed with a couple of drops of regular cooking or frying oil.
- Flat foods do not need so much frying oil. Try to save as much as you can when it comes to small appetizers and bread.
- Frying oil will eventually expire. If it starts to smell stale or rancid you need to get rid of it.
- You can throw frying oil away in a sealed container in a bin or call a used oil collector.
If you can’t stand the heat, get out of the kitchen is an advice we often encounter, but like most advice not very helpful or practical. Kitchens are inherently hot places at any time of the year, but while spending time in a warm kitchen is a pleasant thing in the winter, cooking in the summer becomes an exceptionally tiring and draining task as the ambient heat combined with the heat from the conventional gas stove makes the kitchen a furnace. Matters are complicated further in cities with high humidity where heat and sweat make cooking exceptionally challenging in the summers. Fans are of no use, as they disrupt the flames from the burners, leaving the person cooking in a major fix and in desperate need for heat relief. Fortunately, there is help, we have collated a few tips you can follow to beat the heat in the kitchen.
- Ensure proper ventilation: Investing in a good exhaust fan has two important benefits. Firstly, it removes the cooking odour and smoke to freshen the kitchen air, and secondly, it creates an airflow in and out of the kitchen that reduces the temperatures to pleasant levels.
- Skip the oven: Operating heat generating appliances such as ovens are not a wise idea in the summer as they generate heat and increase the temperature. Leave the baking for pleasanter weather or judiciously use your oven during cooler hours such as mornings or at night.
- Prep well to reduce cooking time: Finely chop your ingredients so that they cook faster and reduce time spent in the kitchen.
- Eat foods that do not need heating: Fresh salads, cold soups and fruits are not only lighter and healthier meal options for the summer but also cut down on the heat generated by cooking food. Standing over a wok of hot oil to fry food can be especially bothersome, so do yourself and your waistline a favour and skip fried or oil laden food in the summer.
- Get an induction cooker: This is by far the easiest way to enjoy cooking in the summer. With an induction cooker, you can cook to your heart’s content with the fan on full speed as it is flameless. It also consumes 90% of the heat generated, unlike conventional gas stoves that leak around 70% of the generated heat into the surroundings, thus increasing the temperature. An Induction cooker also consumes very little electricity, something that is important to keep in mind during hot summers when electricity consumption is already high. Cooking is instantaneous and the cool touch features make induction cookers easy to clean, furthering reducing your time in the hot and sweaty environs of the kitchen.
So as you can see, cooking in the summer can not only be made easy but also a very pleasant endeavour. Happy cooking!
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