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It’s no secret that we Philadelphians love fried foods.   In fact nothing goes better with a Philly cheese steak than a basket of sizzling hot fries (salt, pepper, ketchup please). So we thought it would be a good idea to help keep Philadelphia area restaurants informed by providing 10 Tips the USDA has for minimizing the chances of a grease fire when using a deep fryer.

Although fries are quite tasty preparing them can be quite dangerous. High cooking temperatures, and grease splashes are an easy recipe for a kitchen fire.

The United States Department of Agriculture Food Safety and Inspection Service (USDA) has 10 tips for minimizing the risk of a grease fire when using a deep fryer:

  1. Avoid flare ups by making sure cooking oils never come in direct contact with flames.
  2. Have a kitchen fire extinguisher nearby and keep kitchen appliances that have an open flame at least 16 inches away from the deep fryer.
  3. Do not let any source of water be close to the deep fryer.
  4. Before filling the deep fryer with cooking oil, make sure that the appliance is turned off and wiped dry.
  5. Do not overcrowd the frying basket. This causes grease to splatter.
  6. Never leave the fryer unattended. If food is cooked even a few minutes too long in a deep fryer, a fire will likely occur.
  7. Never use plastic tools to take food out of the oil because the plastic will melt.
  8. After you have finished using the deep fryer, unplug it to allow the oil to cool.
  9. Wait at least two hours after unplugging the deep fryer to clean it.
  10. If you want to reuse the cooking oil, strain it, store it in a sealed container, and refrigerate it for up to 3 months. Discard it if it has a foul odor or starts to foam.
  11. Never pour oil down a sink because it will congeal and cause backups.

If you have questions about preventing grease fires, or would like an inspection, or cleaning, please give us a call.