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I've managed to scandalise dp with my cooking oil, recycling habits.

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WhatWouldYouDoWhatWouldJesusDo Mon 15-Jun-20 13:59:13

We very rarely cook deep fried food, maybe once every 3 months the urge will strike and I'll do proper fish and chips or something. But it will be a one off (( nothing against fried food, just usually go to the chippy because it stinks the house out ))

Last night we cooked tempura chicken and.chips (( also had salt and pepper mushrooms, rice and curry sauce for anyone who cares. ))

Dp washed up, and as usual I poured the oil from the pan into a jug via a sieve then into an empty carton. Where it lives in my pully out cupboard. I was caught in the act and dp is now horrified and.convinced we'll all get food poisoning and die. I've just caught him trying to smuggle my hoarded oil into the bin.

I however pointed out the congealed, oil, with dead flies and God knows what living in it housed by a pan inches thick with grease and burnt offerings that lived in pretty much every house in the 70s and 80s. The oil, if I remember rightly would be topped up and only ever cleaned and changed on highdays and holidays.

I also think it's wasteful binning perfectly useable oil after being used once........chip shops etc won't do that.

So AIBU and a food poisoning harbouring slattern ?

Or is dp being a wasteful snob ?

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dementedpixie Mon 15-Jun-20 14:09:16

Its fine. It would be a waste to only use it once

LoisLittsLover Mon 15-Jun-20 14:12:08

I'd only use it once especially if it really is 3 months between uses. That's pretty grim

Windyatthebeach Mon 15-Jun-20 14:13:18

The best chips I had as a dc were the ones as the oil got further down it's lifespan!

Smidge001 Mon 15-Jun-20 14:13:37

It's fine to reuse

recycledteenager24 Mon 15-Jun-20 14:13:43

there are risks if it's not stored properly as it's not always possible to sieve every last bit of food etc and can habour bacteria.

Annelizza Mon 15-Jun-20 14:14:22

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StationView Mon 15-Jun-20 14:16:28

Oil? Oil? You were posh if you used oil in the 70s and 80s. My mum's chip pan was full of lard. She used to sieve it through a tea strainer to get the bits out & bung in a fresh slab from time to time.

dementedpixie Mon 15-Jun-20 14:18:17

We also had lard in the chip pan when I was a child. Was hypnotic watching it melt.

TweetUsOnFacebook Mon 15-Jun-20 14:18:33

I doubt it will kill you. It gets heated up to a million degrees which will kill anything. I guess it might take on a fishy whiff though so not suitable for cooking anything else like doughnuts.

When I was a nipper we had a chip pan full of gross lard that lived on the hob. I've no idea how often it was changed, probably not that often the chips it produced were delicious!

It was disappointing when oven chips were invented and my mum ditched the chip pan! They are pretty dangerous though - Who remembers those adverts with the wrung out wet tea towel?

Lavenderpurple Mon 15-Jun-20 14:20:22

I doubt you’d get food poisoning, bearing in mind the temperature the oil reaches.

Melassa Mon 15-Jun-20 14:20:25

I do the same as you, but I filter through a filter paper thing. It gets put in a glass bottle in a dark cupboard and taken out when needed again. My record between uses is 6 months shock. No one’s died yet.

All my fry ups are veggie though, I’m not sure taste wise if I’d reuse fishy flavoured oil after a long time. That said, anything that has been fried has effectively been cauterised so it wouldn’t be for the germs, more the flavour alteration.

tellmewhentheLangshiplandscoz Mon 15-Jun-20 14:20:39

WTF dodgy post reported confused

I remember my mum changing the frying fat once in a blue moon! But proper homemade chips .. you really can't beat them. Last year on holiday in Greece our beach bar did them at lunch and eaten hot straight from the fryer, seasoned with salt , pepper and rosemary and washed down with a glass of ice cold wine. Food of the greek gods.

ExpectTheWorst Mon 15-Jun-20 14:23:07

Of course it's fine! I reuse a couple of times at least, it depends on what I've been frying and how many "bits" it's left in the oil - I do sieve it, but don't really want loads of tiny burnt food bits in there. Your DP is mad.

WhatWouldYouDoWhatWouldJesusDo Mon 15-Jun-20 14:23:53

What the hell was removed from my post about cooking oil ? 😂😂😂

I said the same about the heat killing anything. I may have to up my game and use filter paper tho instead of just sieving out the lumps. grin

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BarbaraofSeville Mon 15-Jun-20 14:24:34

Yes, he's a wasteful snob. There's NFW that anything will live in oil heated up to 200 C. I've used oil that's a year or two old and it's absolutely fine. He sounds quite mad and rather stupid TBH.

WhatWouldYouDoWhatWouldJesusDo Mon 15-Jun-20 14:25:15

Thinking back we had lard too. 😂😂😂

I can still picture that pan, god knows what was living in it 😂😂😂

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Binterested Mon 15-Jun-20 14:26:49

I reuse too. Only use it for cooking poppadoms which are in the oil for under 20 seconds. Too wasteful not to reuse.

dementedpixie Mon 15-Jun-20 14:30:04

Dh does poppadoms in the microwave after brushing them with oil. We use an air fryer instead of deep frying now

ArgumentativeAardvaark Mon 15-Jun-20 14:34:10

We had that pan! It was green with white checks round the top, the fat would solidify round the basket. Every child was taught at school how to put out a chip pan fire with a damp tea-towel. The thought of it has me all glowing with nostalgia and missing my late Mum.

Hollyhead Mon 15-Jun-20 14:34:26

YABU - it’s dangerous from a trans fats point of view. Vegetable oils are only safe to use once.

filka Mon 15-Jun-20 14:35:29

my mum also had a chip pan full of congealed lard in the 1970s.

When you've really finished with your oil you could always make bio-diesel with it grin

WhatWouldYouDoWhatWouldJesusDo Mon 15-Jun-20 14:37:06

Argumentative I remembered losing my pe top once and sniffing the ones in lost property because mine had been left hanging up in the kitchen and I knew it stank of chip fat 😂😂😹

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Alittleshortforaspacepooper Mon 15-Jun-20 14:39:58

I remember the chip pans sitting out on the side with oil as old as the hills. Perhaps we don't need a return to that...

Compromise - keep the used oil in the fridge?

I can't imagine using oil only once for those sorts of recipes. Does seem very wasteful given it takes a lot of oil to deep fry stuff.

gamerchick Mon 15-Jun-20 14:40:31

Ah lard made the best chips

Couldn't bring myself to use it these days, but it did grin

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