Olive oil on new China clays? (1 Viewer)

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I’m brand new on here. Don’t know anything it seems like. I’ve been collecting casino chips since I was a kid. I just bought my first set of China clays, when I got them they were dusty looking, so I used olive oil to oil each one, has anyone ever done this and had problems with doing that
 

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I’m brand new on here. Don’t know anything it seems like. I’ve been collecting casino chips since I was a kid. I just bought my first set of China clays, when I got them they were dusty looking, so I used olive oil to oil each one, has anyone ever done this and had problems with doing that

The smell in a few weeks from those chips if the oil is not washed off with soap will have you throwing them away. They could even go moldy depending where you are storing them. Mineral oil is not organic and is stable, this is what many people use. I have never oiled anything yet but I can appreciate how a small amount could look better in pictures and for some paranoid of body substances seal their chips. I just like my chips to be clean if I am using them so for that dish soap and warm water will take care of everything.
 

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Olive oil can actually take a year or more to turn, but it will go rancid. In any case, you don't want organic material on there that's highly likely to harbour and grow funky bacteria (whether you can see it or not).

Some one could actually get quite sick just from handling and touching their face later etc.
 

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Not to pile on but another point that hasn’t been mentioned is that olive oil has a very low smoke temperature, which makes it suboptimal if you’re trying to get a good crust on your China clays.
My wife likes coconut oil, but I prefer good ol’ butter.
 

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My wife likes coconut oil, but I prefer good ol’ butter.
I’m willing to agree if you mean clarified butter, but who has time for that really. Lately I’ve been using avocado oil with pleasing results.
 
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It depend on what type of chip, usually Oiling is not required but it bring out the color on Clay Chips (Paulson / CPC etc)
Ah, I see. That makes sense. I have just got a new set of CC's on the way (Majestics), so I will likely need to clean them when they arrive. Great information!
 

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This gives me an idea to oil a set with bacon grease. If I developed an immunity to the pleasant smell, like with iocaine powder, it *could* give me an advantage over my opponents at a home game.
 

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Ah, I see. That makes sense. I have just got a new set of CC's on the way (Majestics), so I will likely need to clean them when they arrive. Great information!
There is a thread that say Oiling on China Clay help to brighten the color but I tried it before on my Milano and it does not work for me.

In my opinion, they do not absorb the Oil like Clay and the oil evaporate after days. Their reaction to Oiling is nearer to Plastics as compare to Clay
 

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Good advice! I have been wondering whether to oil my chips, also. Maybe just water and soap works okay too?

Soap and water does work well for CCs, but after they dry for ~48 hours, I would recommend a very light oiling. If you have chip racks, those are usually the best short-term storage option, because warneke or cardboard boxes will just absorb a lot of the oil you just applied to the chips. A day or two after they've sat out a little or are in the racks, take a dry microfiber and wipe off any excess oil there is on both the chips and racks.

The morning of the day I'm going to put them into play, I will take a microfiber I used for oiling chips a while back and simply roll a barrel at a time (just once around) in that, which usually gives a simple coat that brightens them up well. Do not add any oil to that microfiber cloth.
 

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My wife likes coconut oil, but I prefer good ol’ butter.
I’m willing to agree if you mean clarified butter, but who has time for that really. Lately I’ve been using avocado oil with pleasing results.
Have y'all tried cooking with beef tallow? It's like the richness of butter with the smoke point of avocado oil. Got a half cow last month and the butcher rendered a bunch for me to try, and now I can't believe we ever stopped using it as a society. I use it to grease the pan for eggs, instead of butter in rice, to deep fry pergoies, instead of vegetable oil or butter in brownies, you name it. My Jack Cinci's do smell rancid though...jk.
 

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What about the love for Bacon grease? I use that instead of oil for prepping pans etc for most cooking. I am horrified when I see folks spraying Canola oil on pans etc..... a Dab of bacon grease and everything tastes better.....

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Not my pictures but OMG fried chips with a little bacon/(maybe grease), small sliced/chopped onion/peppers and salt and later cheese is the best comfort side dish for breakfast ever.

In short eat some bacon and shuffle your chips.....just keep them away from the dog

(be sure to exercise or moderate of course lol)
 

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Have y'all tried cooking with beef tallow? It's like the richness of butter with the smoke point of avocado oil. Got a half cow last month and the butcher rendered a bunch for me to try, and now I can't believe we ever stopped using it as a society. I use it to grease the pan for eggs, instead of butter in rice, to deep fry pergoies, instead of vegetable oil or butter in brownies, you name it. My Jack Cinci's do smell rancid though...jk.
George Herter would use nothing else. He was a fanatic about it in his cookbooks.
 

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What about the love for Bacon grease? I use that instead of oil for prepping pans etc for most cooking. I am horrified when I see folks spraying Canola oil on pans etc..... a Dab of bacon grease and everything tastes better.....

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Not my pictures but OMG fried chips with a little bacon/(maybe grease), small sliced/chopped onion/peppers and salt and later cheese is the best comfort side dish for breakfast ever.

In short eat some bacon and shuffle your chips.....just keep them away from the dog

(be sure to exercise or moderate of course lol)
I love using bacon grease too (technically it's the same thing as pork tallow - you're rendering the pork fat when you cook the bacon). I go through it too fast, which I think means I need to be eating more bacon...
 

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Nice, I'll have to pick up one of his cookbooks then.
Cool. He was the forerunner to cabelas and bass pro. And he didn’t hold back on anything. Plus he had bonus chapters on stuff like “how to survive a nuclear war” in his books.
 

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Cool. He was the forerunner to cabelas and bass pro. And he didn’t hold back on anything. Plus he had bonus chapters on stuff like “how to survive a nuclear war” in his books.
Sounds like a cool dude. And yeah I noticed he's got some survival handbooks which look like a good read too.
 
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