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Old 07-17-2008, 10:23 AM   #1
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How do I get rid of the smell of oil from frying?

This might be a dumb question, but I deep fat fried chicken three days ago and my house still smells like oil! Other than opening a window, is there anyway to get rid of that smell? Or is there anything I can do to eliminate it as I cook?

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Old 07-17-2008, 10:49 AM   #2
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Most counter-top fryers with lids have filters built into them to help eliminate odor.
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Old 07-17-2008, 10:51 AM   #3
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This is one of the tougher odors to get out of the house. There is really no immediate CORRECT way to remove the smell(short of scrubbing the walls down and washing all your stuff). Of course, air freshener and or febreeze will help, but when they wear off, you will still have the odor. Time will take care of it eventually.

If you have a garage, I would fry in there.
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Old 07-17-2008, 11:03 AM   #4
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The only way I find it leave the windows open. I also put a fan in the window closet to the stove and have it blow out.
I don't fry in the winter unless i absolutely have to.
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Old 07-17-2008, 11:25 AM   #5
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That's why I fry very little, as much as I love the food.
But try putting a cut up lemon in a cup or two of water and simmer with the ceiling fan's oscillating, or some kind of fan to move air around.
I guess vanilla and cinnamon would work also.
Or bake a cake, brownies. That will put the baking smell out in the air, plus the dry oven will take some of the humidity out of the air that's holding in the oil particles.
But still use the fan if you are baking.
When you fry again, use your stove exhaust fan. It will help, but when you go to clean the grill/cover of that fan, you'll also see the minute particles of oil that you avoided putting into your room.
Good luck.
By the way, what did you fry? Yum, yum...
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Old 07-17-2008, 12:41 PM   #6
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But try putting a cut up lemon in a cup or two of water and simmer with the ceiling fan's oscillating, or some kind of fan to move air around.
I guess vanilla and cinnamon would work also.
I'm sure that would help, if any of my oils at work became tainted I would cook out knobs of garlic to neutralise them but I'm not sure if it would take the food smell away.
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I found that peanut oil leaves the least residual odor. Veg oil tends to stink pretty bad. IMO. I don't even use veg oil anymore for cooking.
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I found that peanut oil leaves the least residual odor. Veg oil tends to stink pretty bad. IMO. I don't even use veg oil anymore for cooking.

The manual for my deep fryer doesnt recommend using peanut oil, because it changes the taste of the food too much. Ever had that problem?
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I found that peanut oil leaves the least residual odor
Good to know, I would use it at home but not at work for fear of someone with a peanut allergy suing me. Seems to be a common ailment now days, I think it's because our young parents don't let their kids get down and dirty in the back yard anymore or as much as we did to help them build up their immune system.
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Good to know, I would use it at home but not at work for fear of someone with a peanut allergy suing me. Seems to be a common ailment now days, I think it's because our young parents don't let their kids get down and dirty in the back yard anymore or as much as we did to help them build up their immune system.
Yup. No more dirty or scraped kids. They don't know what they're missing.

I wouldn't have thought about the allergy thing, attie.
I use peanut oil to deep fry because of the higher burn point. Veggie or Crisco for pan frying. I haven't found peanut changes the taste, unless your temp is too low.

So CookingCop, I forgot to ask before, how was the chicken? Any leftovers for me? After you fried, did you put them in the oven on low for alittle longer. I do this.
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