Question by  saidevi (14)

Can I reuse vegetable oil?


Answer by  gingerbaker (152)

If you have been using the oil for frying, you can usually reuse it for frying again 2-3 times. Vegetable oil is "used up" when it gets dark and has a "chemical" smell. Filter old oil though a coffee filter and use. Do not use it for anything but frying.


Answer by  jen37 (1135)

It depends on what you are cooking both times you are using it, but yes, you can. If you cook something with a strong flavor the first time around, it has the possibility of flavoring whatever you cook with it the second time, so you might watch that. Also recommendable to strain it, and store in a air-tight bottle.


Answer by  Amber40 (24961)

In most cases you can simply strain and reuse vegetable oil. However always make sure it is good before reusing it and don't store too long. Discard it if it smells or smokes very badly.


Answer by  HenryCrun (63)

In a lot of cases, yes, oil can be re-used, but you have to remember that it will absorb flavor from things you first cooked in it. If you've been making fries, it won't harm anything, but fry meat in oil previously used for fish and you won't like it!


Answer by  raun08 (1839)

If you are going to reuse it for frying, yes. I don't suggest using it to bake though, and make sure the used bottle is labeled.


Answer by  brittanyr1992 (31)

seeing as most people use vegetable oil or some other frying method, yes vegetable oil can be reused. It is a good idea though, to heat the recycled oil up for a considerable amount of time prior to cooking with it to kill off any remaining bacteria in it.


Answer by  Amber40 (24961)

Usually you can staring and reuse the oil a few times. However it can good bad so don't store it for too long. Discard if it smells or tastes funny.


Answer by  klypos (271)

Yes, but remember it will absorb flavor when you first use it. You can use it any number of times to make fries, but use it to make onion rings, for example, and your fries will start to taste of onion. Actually, I quite like that added flavor...


Answer by  chavelte (49)

Yes, but make sure it is drained free of crumbs or residue before use. Only try this once after first use.

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