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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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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. – user25349 Jun 9 '14 at 0:38

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

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Put an ankle high white cotton sock in a bowl with water and microwave to a boil to sanitize. Carefully remove sock and hang to air dry completely. Stretch the DRY sock over a gallon jar (4"+- mason jar type) and secure with a couple of rubber bands around the rim. Yep, strains it in no time. I use an old coffee can for the paper towels, sock etc. Put on the top and throw away. Say "yuk" if you want but it works, it's sanitary and most importantly for me, SIMPLE.

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Is that simpler than a cheescloth or paper in a funnel/colander? I think not! – Marc Luxen Feb 24 at 16:20
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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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Carbon Range Hood Filter $10-$15.00. I drain my 2 gallon deep fryer into original oil bottles. Next I rinse and wash the deep fryer with hot water.Then I place a metal mesh/carbon filter on the fryer and pour the oil through it quickly and easily. Then wash the grease filter in my dishwasher after rinsing with hot water.

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I bought the Chef's Planet Multipurpose Filter Funnel. It is the best filtering system I have ever used. Will clean over 1 gal of oil in less than 5 minutes with no mess. When finished, throw it in dishwasher and it's done. Is also great for straining stocks.

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I filter oil through a piece of paper kitchen roll. It's much finer than a strainer and cheaper than a coffee filter (or my wife's tights!). Place the kitchen roll in a mesh strainer to support it and prevent tearing when you pour on the oil.

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