A few weeks ago we gave you some simple tips on the best way to properly store Olive Oil at home; today, we’re going to give you the key points for reusing it correctly after it’s been used for deep-frying, sautéing, etc.
Many people who use Olive Oil tend to throw it away after they’ve fried or cooked with it because they don’t realise it can be used again up to 5 times, in pristine condition.
What’s more, Olive Oil is the only oil capable of coping with high temperatures (up to 200ºC) without separating, thereby maintaining all its properties and benefits intact. It’s something to bear in mind when choosing an oil for your recipes.
So make a note of these simple tips and follow them to the letter to get the best out of your Olive Oils and reuse them correctly.
10 recommendations for reusing Olive Oil correctly
1. As a general rule, whenever you cook or fry with Olive Oil at temperatures lower than 200ºC, it can be reused.
2. The food you’re going to fry must be as dry as possible to ensure it doesn’t release water, as water encourages the oil to separate.
3. Avoid covering the pan in order to prevent condensation on the lid which might drip into the oil.
4. Something of vital importance for reusing your olive oil is to filter it after every use. Once it has cooled down, pour it through a 100% cotton or natural fibre sieve, as shown in the following video:
5. Your oil should always be stored in tinted glass bottles (to stop light getting in) or stainless steel. Never use copper, iron or plastic receptacles.
6. Keep your oil in a cool, dark place.
7. You should only reuse oil for further cooking or frying. You should not use it ‘raw’ for marinades or dressings.
8. It is never advisable to mix new and used oils.
9. Reusing oil significantly helps to save resources, making it very sustainable as well as organic.
10. The time to change it for new oil is when it starts to look denser and darker in colour.
By following these simple and important recommendations, you will always be able to enjoy Olive Oils from Spain in the very best condition. As you can see, they are all simple and easy to remember and represent the best way of using and reusing the product properly.
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