How to Keep Hot Oil From Splattering

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How to Keep Hot Oil From Splattering
Hot oil causes painful splatters when frying if care is not exercised. (Jupiterimages/Goodshoot/Getty Images)

Stop hot oil from splattering when frying foods on the stove by taking some obvious and sensible precautions. Hot oil splatters can lead to painful burns to adults, and especially small children. In a worst-case scenario splatters can potentially lead to grease fires. Basic prevention can not only keep a hob clean after frying a skillet-full of chicken, but it can keep you safe at the same time.

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Things you need

  • Large skillet
  • Mesh frying screen

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  1. 1

    Use a large skillet with sides at least 2 inches high.

  2. 2

    Turn the pan handle in toward the middle of the stove so the skillet does not get knocked off as someone passes by.

  3. 3

    Do not place food that is wet -- such as potatoes soaking in water to keep from turning brown -- into a skillet with hot oil in it. Water or even excess moisture causes grease to splatter. Don't allow pots of vegetables in broth to boil over or splatter into a skillet of hot oil.

  4. 4

    Place a mesh frying screen, available from wherever kitchen supplies are sold, over the skillet to stop hot oil from popping out of the pan when frying fatty foods such as bacon. Use a mesh frying screen that fits the skillet with at least a 1 inch overlap around the edges.

  5. 5

    Lightly sprinkle salt over the surface of the skillet before adding the fatty foods. The salt reacts with the grease and reduces splattering.

Tips and warnings

  • Wear oven gloves when frying food that splatters.
  • If grease catches fire, cover the skillet with a lid to smother and contain the fire.
  • Keep an ABC fire extinguisher not more than 10 feet from the stove.
  • Pour baking soda or flour on a grease fire if an extinguisher is not available.

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