After deep frying wontons in Canola oil, can I reuse the oil later to fry wontons again?
Sheri from Milpitas, CA
Milpitas, hmmm? I grew up in the 'Bay Area'--Menlo Park, Los Altos, etc. ANYway, I don't see why you couldn't save and reuse Canola oil, especially for the same purpose. We used to reuse oils all of the time, and for many foods (I don't 'deep'-fry much anymore). Strain or scoop out any food particles, store in closed container in cool place [even the fridge]. Oh, don't worry if it gets cloudy in the fridge, just bring it back to room temp and it'll be fine. (06/17/2008)
As long as you strain the bit food bits from the oil, everything should be fine and you can certainly re-use it.
The only problem with re-using oil is the taste factor. The oil picks up the flavor of whatever you fry in it. Sometimes it can make food taste better, and sometimes make it taste worse.
If you fried a bunch of fish and garlic in the oil, then later used the oil to fry some chocolate truffles, your chocolate truffles will taste like fish and garlic too. (06/17/2008)
My mom used to fry potatoes of some kind in between batches to avoid flavors between batches of different food. Don't know if it really works or is an old wives tale type of thing. The first link below says to fry parsley.
There have been articles about how reheating oil breaks down the oil into something unsavory and unhealthful. The 2nd and 3rd links for more on that.
Yes, you can reuse Canola oil. You can also freeze the oil to keep it from going bad. (06/18/2008)
By Leslie from Mississippi
Basic rule of thumb. Don't reuse oil if meat was cooked in it but anything else can be put in a jar and put in the fridge for late use. I reuse the oil from scone making all the time.
To help keep the used oil from going rancid, squeeze out a capsule or 2 of Vitamin E in it. This is per Adele Davis' book Let's Cook it Right. (from a SF Bay Area native) (06/18/2008)
I reuse my oil all the time. I use coffee filters to stain the food particles out. it preserves the oil longer. Keep in fridge or cold room. Use old coffee pot with strainer and you won't have to buy new equipment and the coffee pot fits in the frig with a spout to boot. Handy
By Cariboo Lady.
Yes you can but there are some things you need to do. First make sure it's cool. Second strain it with cheese cloth or a coffee filter. Third but into clean bottle (I use the one it came in) with no water in it. Fourth put into fridge for later.
If you use it for more then wontons then throw it away after cooking. If you use oils for cooking remember that if it smelled, you can only use it for the same kind of food, because oil gets rancid after use and left out in the air. (06/18/2008)
Thanks to everyone for the feedback! You were very helpful.(06/25/2008)
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