do you reuse cooking oil?

@Cutie18f (9563)
Philippines
October 27, 2012 11:47pm CST
Times are hard and we all know how expensive commodities are these days. Are you too picky and health-conscious that you only use cooking oil once and throw it away? Personally, I use it two times at least. After using it once, I keep it and use it one more time before throwing it away. I don't know. I know some people reuse it so many times, especially those who use it for business. How about you?
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@Raine38 (9117)
• United States
28 Oct 12
Yes, especially if the oil is still semi-clear. I will not of course re-use it if I used it to fry fish or any other food that's got a strong flavor.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
Ah okay. Fish usually makes the oil darker in color. I wonder why.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
28 Oct 12
Cutie, I wonder if it's because of the skin of a fish is usually darker? I don't know I don't fry fish unless it's fish fillets and sticks that are already prepared and frozen. Another reason not to fry fish and use the same oil for something else is some people are allergic to certain fish.
• Singapore
29 Oct 12
I also wonder why frying fish would change the color of the oil. Frying fish especially fresh fish, would really make the oil so dirty. Could it be because of the oil that is contained in the fish?
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
cooking oil can be used up to four times if it is still almost clear and does not leave a pungent taste. but i guess it depends on the type of oil that is used.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
29 Oct 12
Type of oil? Well I never thought about that. Does vegetable oil last longer than pork oil?
@bingskee (5237)
• Philippines
29 Oct 12
between the two you mentioned, vegetable oil will last longer.
@prashu228 (25811)
• India
28 Oct 12
yes friend, expenses are increasing day by day due to increase in the price of commodities and its very difficult for a common man to cope up with all these.Yes reusing oil is not good for health according to the statics. But we cannot throw the excess oil after frying the items, so its necessary for us to reuse it ,with certain precautions. The oil retains the flavor of the foods previously cooked in it. The oil breaks down in the heat over time, filter it regularly, and we can reuse it. Strain it through a few layers of cheesecloth to catch any food particles before storing. Don't mix different types of oil. Store oil in a cool, dark place separately. Though using fresh oil every time is the healthiest option.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
29 Oct 12
Great info, Prashu. Thanks. I have to remember straining. That's a good suggestion.
@prashu228 (25811)
• India
29 Oct 12
thanks a lot, This is what our elders follow, as i have seen, because they don't have any modern techniques those days, and i still feel some of the old techniques are best.
@williamjisir (22903)
• China
28 Oct 12
If we have fried something with the cooking oil with some left, we will still use it for the next time, but cooking only. Cooking oil is expensive, absolutely not cheap. For business purpose, it could be reused many times. Thank you for the discussion, Cutie.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
26 Dec 12
Yes, you guess it right. That is why it is not good to be eating in restaurants because we just don't know.
@pahak627 (4198)
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
I reuse cooking oil twice, meaning 1st use then 2 other usage. That way I can save on the oil.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
26 Dec 12
Then you throw it away after using it twice?
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
Yes! We reuse our cooking oils at home. Especially when we are frying the same kind of foods. :)
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
26 Dec 12
How many times do you reuse it, Toxic?
• India
28 Oct 12
Hi friend, there is nothing wrong in reusing the oil if it is good enough, but we must avoid too much of reusing. As you mentioned the commodities are very expensive, so we must use it in a good way
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
1 Dec 12
Yeah, I should observe the color always.
@elramz (25)
28 Oct 12
Yes i reuse cooking oil in when i cooked. But when the color turned blackish, ill never used it again because it is not good anymore.Cheap cooking oil is not adviced to reuse because it can affect the taste of the foo you cook..
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
1 Dec 12
Of course when it is black already, I throw it away.
@dandan07 (1908)
• China
28 Oct 12
I have been told that reused cooking oil is not good for health, but to prepare fired dishes need a lot of oil which cannot comsume up in only a time. Now many technology are developed to use less oil for fired dishes. Here many TV program teach people how to use water and oven to prepare fired dishes. Now my mother can use 1/10 of oil as formal ways to do the fired chicken.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
29 Oct 12
Wow, that's a lot of oil saved that way Dandan.
@Tongcv (173)
• China
28 Oct 12
Usually fried,but do not throw away but fell in the soup.
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@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
29 Oct 12
Hmmm....okay. Thanks.
@Paper_Doll (2376)
• Philippines
29 Oct 12
I haven't tried reusing cooking as most of the recipes I cook don't require much of it. But if I happen to use it for deep frying, I would probably reuse it.
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@franseman (516)
• Philippines
29 Oct 12
We have 2 jars in the kitchen. One is for oil we used to roast our meat, the other for fish. It's not only because of the money but also we don't like to spoil good stuff. Everything that can be re-used in our household will be re-used. Left overs are on the table once again. What's left after that goes to the dogs. We hate to throw food away.
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• Philippines
28 Oct 12
For me it depends to what type you are cooking. If I will be frying a dried fish (tuyo) I will never reuse it because the color of the oil is dark which you can't use it to other recipes for cooking. But whenever I fry pork or chicken I will reuse it for sauteing vegetables. Even in fish if the cooking oil is still clear I will reuse it also. ^_^ It will add taste to other dishes.
@tdc2012 (26)
• China
28 Oct 12
Yea,I just use the cooking oil for 2 or 3 times before throwing it away.It is not good to our health, if the cooking is used again and again.But my workmate does not think so, it will be more delicious if some cooking oil is used when we do cooking.But i still stick to my colors, i think the health is more important.
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• Qatar
28 Oct 12
I do reuse cooking oil up to three times. But sometimes, even though I have just use it once and the color is not ok anymore, i discard it.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
28 Oct 12
The only time I re-use "cooking oil" is.. well not even cooking oil. I'm referring to using the grease from frying up bacon to put in with green beans or pour into the egg mixture before scrambling. I know that my grandmother has re-used grease and stuff like that from foods like bacon. She'd put it in a jar and in the fridge to re-use it with another meal. There's nothing wrong with it I suppose, and many do do this, I just don't so much. Of course when using cooking oils, I usually only use as much as needed, and don't cook too many things that require the oil.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
That is the most ideal thing to do, Some, I also try to minimize the use of cooking oil but today, I just felt like frying this canned food.
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@SomeCowgirl (32270)
• United States
28 Oct 12
Sometimes we have to indulge ourselves a little. There are tricks I've heard about to make something taste as if it'd been fried but it actually was baked.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
I wish I'd know those tricks.
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@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
We do it also in our household. With the cost of everything being so high, no matter how small an amount we could save really helps, even reusing cooking oil. We actually keep three small containers to put the used cooking oil into. One for chicken, one for meat, and one especially for fish. If you fry say chicken in oil that's been used to fry fish, it really would ruin the taste. But we only reuse it three times at the most. I've noticed that when we used it more than that, the food somehow tastes not so good anymore :)
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
Oh, so you segregate the different oils? I never thought of that.
• Singapore
29 Oct 12
Putting the oil for frying different foods in different containers is one way to preserve the taste of the food as well as preventing wastage. But usually after frying fish especially, the oil would turn dirty immediately. I don't know why this is so but that is my experience. So I would normally throw away oil that I've used to fry fish after using it once.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
29 Oct 12
Hi, Cutie. You really should sort of segregate if you're planning to reuse the cooking oil. It would really help preserve the taste of the kind of meat you're cooking. Hi, janeaustin. You are absolutely right. Oil used to fry fish really darkens after and seems dirty. I should've clarified that we only reuse the oil that we used to heat or sort of saut├ęd dried fish, which is somewhat a delicacy in our country.
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
I do reuse cooking oil but only up to 3 times coz I think using more than that could not be healthy anymore as it contains a lot of the fats from the previous food that has been cooked with it.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
Hi Jen! Yeah, I think most families use cooking oil up to three times.
• Singapore
29 Oct 12
It's not only the fact that the oil contains remnants of previously cooked food, but also oil that is heated many times will turn toxic so even if the oil is new and you heat it to a certain temperature, the oil will turn toxic and won't be healthy to use anyway. This is true if you use vegetable oil. Source : news.healingwell.com/index.php?p=news1&id=525569 (It seems that I cannot post links so if you're interested in the news, just copy the above address onto your browser)
@jenny1015 (13389)
• Philippines
29 Oct 12
Thanks for the additional info, Janeaustin. I am sure it will help a lot of people to understand more on how to make use of cooking oil in a healthier way.
• United States
28 Oct 12
I will reuse chicken oil to fry chicken in and I keep it in a bowl. When the oil turns brown I will use new oil. I don't have money to waste on oil as expensive as it is to buy. i got on from the food pantry the other day though.
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
Hi, Gifts. So you only watch for the color of the oil before you throw it away?
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• Singapore
29 Oct 12
I think the color of the oil is a good indicator of whether the oil is still good to be reused or not. But frying some food can really dirty the oil pretty fast.
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• United States
29 Oct 12
Yes,because we use flour to fry our chicken and it turns the oil a dark color. so I will not use the oil if it is dark in color.
@subhojit10 (7384)
• India
28 Oct 12
Thanks a ton for posting this discussion. Well i think its not wise enough to use the same cooking oil again after it has been used once by storing it in a container. I know it is very difficult for every housewife to throw away the left out oil especially looking at the way the price of the oil are very high these days but i think it is not safe as far as our health is concerned. We have to use the requisite amount of oil while cooking so that very less oil is left out at the end after cooking and so that we can throw them without any regrets. What say?
@Cutie18f (9563)
• Philippines
28 Oct 12
Yes Sub, you are so right.
• Singapore
29 Oct 12
It seems like wastage to throw oil that you've just used once especially if the oil looks clear and not cloudy or dirty at all.