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What is the easiest way to strain fry oil?

I strain fry oil so it can be reused.

I've been using cheesecloth put inside a funnel.

It works but it's a bit messy and a hassle. Is there a better way?

Can you use a coffee filter or something like that?

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You can buy really large filters for this purpose. It's how some restaurants filter their fry oil on the cheap. We had two conical strainers and put the huge coffee-like filter between the two so it wouldn't slip down as much, also so we could skim out the large bits easier. If you have a laddle you can sorta force it through faster by agitating in a plunger like motion but be careful the oil isn't too hot because it will splash at you.

Places that do alot of frying have a machine that will filter the oil while still really hot and pump it back into the fryer.

For home use I use coffee filters, the biggest I can find, and have a plastic 4 litre storage tub for holding the oil. It takes awhile for it to pass but it keeps it cleaner than a cheese cloth I find.

The more particals you filter out the longer the oil will last before you have to toss it in your diesel truck ;-).

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just take a netted cloth with small pores and strain the oil

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Try straining it through tights. That's what my dad used to do when he ran a chip van.

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This should work - I strain my craft paint with nylons/stockings. –  Glo Jun 9 at 0:38
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I use a cheesecloth and a mesh strainer on top of the funnel, and just pour slowly to avoid messes.

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