No matter if your fryer is the workhorse of your kitchen or only cranked up a few times per week, maintenance is key for peak performance. Maintaining your fryer may seem like a daunting task, but there are a few simple steps that you can take to keep it running like new.
Filtering and changing your deep fryer oil is a must.
Fryer oil filtration prevents loose food particles from burning and ruining the flavor of your oil. Regular filtration can double the usable lifespan of your oil – saving you significantly on oil costs over time.
The instructions below break down how and when to filter the oil in your deep fryer.
Maintaining Built-in Filtration System
In many commercial deep fryers, there is a built-in filtration system that makes filtering easier for the operator. Typically, these internal filtration systems are located inside the cabinet of the fryer. The system passes oil through a filter and catches particles, which can then be discarded. Refer to your operations manual for detailed instructions on how to complete the process.
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The advanced technology in commercial appliances can save maintenance time for your staff and keep your kitchen efficient, clean and functioning at its best.
If your kitchen has a fryer without built-in filtration, mobile filters are a good option.
Portable deep fryer oil filter systems require more labor than built-in filtration systems but are quicker than manually filtering the oil. Most mobile filters are compatible with a variety of manufacturer fryers. The process involves inserting a nozzle into the fry pot. The system filters the oil and returns it to the fry pot through the same hose.
When to Filter Oil
Many operators think that the major cost of adding a fryer to a commercial kitchen is the fryer itself. In reality, one of the highest costs is recurring oil replacement. By filtering and maintaining good oil cleaning practices, you can reduce this cost.
So, when is it time to filter your frying oil? There are a few tests you can run to measure its freshness.
Traditionally, the color of the oil has been a key indicator of its health. Oil is typically clear with a yellowish tint. When the oil gets darker or loses its transparency, it’s time to filter it. You can also invest in inexpensive fryer oil test strips. Simply dip a test strip into the oil and get a clear reading of whether to change or filter the oil. In some, more advanced commercial fryers, there are automatic oil detection and testing components that trigger a notification when it is time for maintenance.
As a rule of thumb, you will want to consider filtering after each daypart. For example, if you are open for lunch and dinner, filter after each meal. This schedule will, of course, be impacted by the types and volume of food you are frying.
Filtering and Maintaining Your Fryer Oil
Whether you just added a new fryer to your kitchen or you’re a seasoned fryer, the most important thing you can do to maintain the best frying practices is routine maintenance. Filtering oil is one of the easiest maintenance practices and can help save your business time and money. If you have questions about your specific fryer or you are in need of assistance when it comes to oil maintenance, our team is ready to help.
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