As a professional cook or a restaurant owner, you probably understand the importance of deep frying with an oil that has a high smoke point. Basically, this allows you to get your oil to a higher temperature so that you can fry food with fast, crispy and delicious results, all without worrying about the "burnt" taste that can come from oil that has been heated to a too-high temperature.
Although choosing the right oil in the first place is important, you should know that even the best of cooking oil can have a reduced smoke point if you aren't careful. Luckily, there are things that you can do to prevent this. Follow these tips if you want to maintain the higher smoke point of the oil that you use in your commercial fryer.
1. Store it Properly
You probably reuse your frying oil, which is completely understandable when you consider the high cost of this product. However, when you store it, you have to make sure that you do so properly. Never store your oil near your stove or in any other hot area. Instead, keep it in a closed container in a dark, cool place to help maintain its quality.
2. Don't Reuse Oil Too Much
Although there is certainly nothing wrong with reusing the oil in your commercial deep fryer, you should not do so for too long. Once oil starts changing colors, or once it is so dirty that you cannot filter out all of the food particles and other debris, then it is time to swap it out. As it is reused over and over, the smoke point of oil can be lowered. This, along with other factors -- such as the food debris in the oil -- can affect the quality of the food that you prepare with it.
3. Salt Foods After Frying Them
It might seem natural to apply salt to your foods before you put them in the fryer, but a better option is to salt your food after it has been fully cooked and removed from the fryer. Otherwise, the salt that falls off of the food and into the oil can affect its smoke point. Plus, the salt from previous cooking batches can affect new batches and can cause food to taste over salted.
Maintaining a proper smoke point when using oil in your commercial kitchen is important. Luckily, following these three tips can help. For more information, contact a company like K & D Factory Service Inc.