Oil Quality Strips

Oil Quality Strips

The quality of your fried foods depends on the quality of the frying shortening. Shortening will breakdown after prolonged use and will affect the flavor, color and texture of fried foods. Bad oil means bad fried food and that hurts your business. The 3M™ Shortening Monitor can help prevent poor food quality and customer dissatisfaction. It’s a simple test designed to measure the degree of shortening breakdown in deep frying vats.


The 3M™ Shortening Monitor objectively and consistently measures one of the major by-products of shortening breakdown— increased concentrations of free fatty acids (FFA).
When your shortening has too much free fatty acids, the quality of your food suffers.


The 3M™ Shortening Monitor is a paper test strip with four colored bands that change color from blue to yellow as the levels of free fatty acids increase in your shortening. Just dip the non-toxic paper strip into your shortening at operating temperature (163°-204°C) and remove. In seconds, the bands change color to indicate the degree of shortening breakdown. Because the 3M™ Shortening Monitor is a fast and accurate way to measure shortening breakdown, you can easily develop procedures to help control fried food quality and to insure customer satisfaction. At the same time, you can reduce shortening cost. You no longer need to prematurely discard shortening to protect product quality.

  • Easy to use, easy to read and eliminates guesswork
  • Keeps all types of fried food quality high
  • Helps save money by preventing the premature disposal of shortening
  • Works equally well in animal, vegetable or A/V blend shortenings

Hygiene Monitoring system

Effective environmental hygiene management helps reduce levels of contamination in finished products, leading to improved quality, fewer batch rejections and lower risk of product recall. The high sensitivity and repeatability of the 3M™ Clean-Trace™ Surface ATP Test, coupled with the powerful data trending software of the 3M™ Clean-Trace™ NG Luminometer, give you confidence that results provide a true picture of cleaning performance allowing you to take sound actions that can save your business time and money.

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Food Oil Monitor

The Ebro FOM320 hot food oil monitor is now in its twelfth year with successful results, particularly in the food service sector where the use of oils for cooking is prevalent. The monitor provides an accurate control of oil usage influencing continuity in texture, taste and appearance of finished product whilst avoiding significant health issues arising from over use of oil.

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