How Often Should You Change Your Cooking Oil?

November 5th, 2020 |  Blog
French Fries Cooking In Oil

Running a restaurant is hard work. With inventory to order, employees to manage, and customers to please, you still need to know when to change your cooking oil and how to properly dispose of it. At SeQuential, we specialize in collecting used cooking oil and turning it into ultra-low carbon biodiesel, which allows us to provide clean fuel for communities throughout the West Coast. What’s more, our grease trap maintenance and used cooking oil recycling services help make life a lot easier for restaurant owners. If you are wondering how often you should change your cooking oil or what to do with it, we are here to help.

When to Change the Oil in Your Deep Fryer

Although you can reuse the oil in a deep fryer, old oil with food particles or debris will compromise the taste of what you are cooking. As a general rule of thumb, the oil in a deep fryer can be reused about eight times, but this estimate varies depending on what you are frying, the type of oil you are using, and for how long you use the fryer.

If you observe any of the following, it might be time to change your cooking oil:

  • Oil becoming foamy when heated
  • A rancid or fishy smell
  • Oil releasing smoke when heated
  • Significantly darker color than fresh oil

To extend the life of your cooking oil, once cooled, run the used oil through a strainer or filter to separate any leftover food particles or debris. Then, store the filtered oil in an airtight container in the refrigerator.

What to Do With Your Used Cooking Oil

If you are a restaurant owner or operator, you are likely wondering how to safely dispose of your used cooking oil. Luckily, that’s where SeQuential comes in. Since 2008, we have been collecting and recycling used cooking oil from thousands of West Coast restaurants, food processors, and institutional kitchens. You can turn to us for used cooking oil collection and grease trap maintenance.

We give your used cooking oil a second life in the form of ultra-low carbon biodiesel fuel – and all you have to do is empty your used cooking oil in the complimentary container that we provide. Our friendly staff will work with you to come up with a collection schedule that best fits your needs. Not only will you enjoy taking advantage of our 100% free cooking oil collection and recycling service, but you will also feel great knowing that you are contributing towards the betterment and preservation of the environment.

Why Partner with SeQuential?

As one of the longest continually running commercial biodiesel producers on the West Coast, SeQuential is committed to serving our local communities, as well as preserving our environment for future generations. We collect used cooking oil and transform it into ultra-low carbon biodiesel fuel throughout the West Coast.

If you are a new restaurant owner or operator, SeQuential can help you with your used cooking oil recycling service, as well as take care of your grease trap maintenance. To explore a partnership with SeQuential, contact us or submit a service request today.