Re-using my deep fried turkey oil
I've read another thread here, but would still like a more definitive answer. I have about 5 gallons of peanut oil that I used to deep fry 5 turkeys.. yes 5!
I did this on thanksgiving day, and the temperature never went over 385 degrees, and stayed at 345 for the majority of the time it was heated.
Afterwards, I let the oil cool for several hours, and I poured it back into the container it came in.
The oil smelled great, no smoke, no burn, but it did smell of turkey, and it was rather dark colored. I would say it now has the color of brand new motor oil if not a bit darker.
I've read to strain it through cheese cloth or coffee filters, and I'm wondering if that will clear it up a bit? I'm not sure if I should toss it or not because it was very expensive, and everywhere I read says toss the oil when it gets too dark. The oil originally was transparent, it's far from transparent now. At a distance it almost looks black.
Any help is much appreciated and thanks!