It’s happened to us a few times, and I’m sure it’s happened to you if you do any amount of cooking. You get oil on something, and you miss a spot when cleaning it up. By the time you realize that you missed it it’s already reached that sticky state. You know, the one where you wash and wash with really good detergent, scrub with dobie pads or steel wool, and it still won’t come off. You try to wipe it off with a paper towel and you just end up with shreds of paper towel stuck to whatever you’re trying to clean. It’s incredibly frustrating.
So there we were, realizing we’d missed a couple of spots on the Rotofryer the week before, and it was all sticky. I happened to be wiping up a little bit of fresh oil, and tried to use the same paper towel on the old oil – and it worked. Come to find out, the easy, trivial, half-minute way to get rid of that old, sticky oil is just to wipe it down with fresh vegetable oil. It’ll get it right up in seconds. Then all you have to do is wash off the fresh oil, which will come off with detergent and a sponge.