The FreshFry Pod is a safe and easier way to replenish and extend the life of your frying oil. The Pod works overnight by capturing and removing the impurities that make your oil smoke, look dark, and taste bitter. At FreshFry, we strive to simplify complex oil filtering systems. The Pod exists to make your cooking oil cleaner, brighter, and replenished so that you can focus on your food.
We only use natural ingredients and include plant-based components to make the Pod. We believe that natural is better - better for the environment, for you, and for your food.
Step 1 - At the end of the night: Turn fryer off Place pod in basket while oil is still hot
Step 2 - Let Pod soak overnight and work
Catches water, acids, metals and other impurities
Step 3 - The next day, leave the Pod in and heat back up
Once the oil is warm (thinner and flows out much easier) remove the Pod and press remaining oil out
Step 4 - Let cool for 5-10 minutes
Once cool, simply toss the Pod in the trash
Should I use a Pod after the first day even when the oil is fresh?
We recommend that you do. Habit is the most important thing to build. The Pod is effective in slowing oil breakdown, not reversing it. Start your oil off on the right foot.
Is it biodegradable or compostable?
It is not biodegradable or compostable. It is safe to dispose and will actually capture pollution in soil.
How is it sustainable?
It is created from the waste of plants that have no nutritional value when eaten. It is redirecting waste to a useful application that reduces oil consumption.
Are the Pods reusable?
Each Pod is one-time use and then can be safely throw in the trash.
How does it work?
Always place the Pod in hot oil. The heat activates the material and allows it to attract the impurities. You will notice the Pod swelling. This means the Pod is activated and is creating a suction inside the material. When the oil is hot, it physically circulates in the fryer approximately 20 times per minute. The Pod takes advantage of that circulation in order to come into contact with all of the oil. This movement occurs for approximately 4 hours until the oil is too cool to move on its own. After the oil cools, the Pod will deflate and be ready to remove the next morning. Do not forget to squeeze the Pod to drain the excess oil, because cold oil does not always drain easily.
What is in it?
We use all-natural plant-based materials grown in the US. Everything is food safe with absolutely no allergens. We found the best renewable source for the job of refreshing frying oil safely. The exact recipe is proprietary.
How do I open the Pod?
Never open the Pod! Just place the entire Pod in the fryer basket right after turning it off for the night and let it soak.
Specifics of what impurities are adsorbed in the Pod?
Water, free fatty acids (FFA), polymers (the things that make the build up around the fryer-it's actually plastic!) and trace metals (ex. iron that comes from chicken).
This product contains no allergens.
Can I use it while cooking?
We don't recommend it. The Pod is perfectly safe around food, but if the Pod is used while cooking it will lessen the effect on your oil as a whole.
Is there a heat index on the Pods?
Pods are safe at normal frying conditions. We do not recommend using Pods at temperatures higher than 475F (which is almost unheard of- most oils will catch on fire before this).
How soon after turning off fryer, can you drop a Pod?
Immediately. The Pods will begin to adsorb the impurities at high temperatures and the heat allows the Pod to work effectively.
Does it work with ZTF Oils?
Yes! The quality of your oil determines how quickly it reaches the point of discard. Premium oils have higher stability, higher level of antioxidants and better prevention of flavor transfer. Pods simply remove the impurities that attack oil. The Pods will not turn commodity oils into premium oils, but it helps every oil perform at its best.
Does it replace Magnesol, and other powder fryer cleaners?
We recommend that the best use of the Pods is to add on to your existing process. Keep using Magnesol, keep filtering (if they already do). Simply toss a Pod into the fryer at night.
Why does it have an expiration date of only one year?
The Pods have a two-year shelf life unopened. The one-year expiry date is incorrect.
If I leave my fryers on pilot overnight, is that okay?
Absolutely. Pods are safe at that temp. You should see an additional benefit from the Pod because now, your oil is not just burning slowly at night, but being cleaned.
Should I continue to filter my oil?
If you want to see the maximum oil life extension, you should continue with your current process and bolt on Pod usage at night. If you simply want an easier process, that is possible with the Pods, but the savings will not be as dramatic.
My oil looks a little darker in the fryer...
The best way to look at your oil is outside of the fryer. You will find that the oil is actually clearer than you think! The Pod protects the present natural antioxidants in your oil. However, antioxidants can appear to darken oil more, but help maintain incredible oil life and great food quality.
Do the Pods work with AutoFry, Ventless or countertop machines?
Auto-Fry machines don’t house enough oil to make the Pods beneficial, the current Pods would absorb too much oil to make it worthwhile.
How long does it extend oil?
We see 2-4-day life extension on average, but it depends on practices and volume mainly. This question is better answered based on multiple factors and can be different for different users. Please contact us and we will answer the question based on your answers to our questions.
Is the FreshFry Pod Gluten Free?
The Pod itself is gluten free and will not add gluten to the oil, but it also will not make the oil gluten free.
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Jeremiah Chapman: Founder & CEO
Jeremiah’s passion for great tasting food and the people that cook it provided the motivation to create the FreshFry Pod. His expertise includes nanotechnology, adsorption, and chemical manufacturing. Jeremiah was recognized by Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30 in 2015 for modernizing the way things are made in a greener, tech-savvy world. He holds a BS and Masters degree in Chemical Engineering from the University of Louisville Speed School, graduating cum laude.
Jacob Huff - Co-Founder & Chief Operating Officer
He specializes in process development, continuous improvement, manufacturing, and computer-aided design. Jacob has led margin expansion, innovation, new product development, and advanced machining facilities. Jacob was named a Forty Under 40 honoree by Louisville Business First in 2017. He holds a degree in Mechanical Engineering from the University of Louisville Speed School, graduating magna cum laude.
Ben Yates - Sales
A 12 year veteran of the restaurant industry, Ben joined the FreshFry team in February of 2017 to assist on all things sales & marketing related. Ben brings a unique perspective and wonderful energy to FreshFry through his experience within the food and beverage industry.
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EnterpriseCorp, the region’s largest entrepreneurial support organization, is pleased to congratulate all eight of the finalists for the Rise of the Rest Pitch Competition. Each one of these fast-growth, innovative startups is a current or previous client of EnterpriseCorp.
“These companies are excellent examples of the innovative growth happening in Louisville’s startup scene and EnterpriseCorp is well acquainted with each of them. As the longest-running, sustainable entrepreneurial support organization in Greater Louisville, we are so proud to have helped each of them be prepared to pitch for $100,000 from Revolution,” Lisa Bajorinas, GLI’s VP of Entrepreneurship and Talent, said.
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As a part of the pilot RevIt Marketing program, created by Greater Louisville Inc. and Nucleus and housed at iHub, Doe-Anderson offered expertise and strategic insights to FreshFry, which developed the FreshFry Pod to remove impurities and extend the life of frying oil for restaurants. The company is a LaunchIt graduate, Vogt Award winner, an EnterpriseCorp “HOT” company.
The three-hour session paired high-growth potential startups with marketing mentors to offer targeted advice. Mentors from Doe-Anderson included: Laura Proctor, Melanie Whitham, Beemal Patel and Monica Edwards.
The Closing Bell: FreshFry ramps up for growth
November 4, 2016
FreshFry is ramping up for growth.
What started with a single table and grandma’s sewing machine has morphed into a business that takes up thousands of square feet at 110 Central Ave., a warehouse space that it shares with Louisville-based dental supplies and lab equipment maker Whip Mix. There FreshFry makes its pods, which restaurants can use to keep the oil in their fryers clean and free of impurities.
“It’s getting everything out of there to make your food shine,” said Jeremiah Chapman, co-founder and CEO of FreshFry.
The Louisville manufacturing startup just started distributing its product through Louisville-based food wholesaler Creation Gardens, and the company is testing its product in various places around the United States and in Europe, including restaurants whose parent companies record billions in revenue annually, according to FreshFry.
This year, FreshFry has expanded its production capacity 25,000 percent (that is not a typo). Although it doesn’t run at full capacity, “we are talking to people who can fill that up in a snap,” Chapman said.
Announcing: 2016 Business of the Year finalists
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Since 2005, this program has recognized local businesses that have had standout years. This year, we will honor 21 companies and nonprofits in six categories.The process began with our readers, who nominated worthy businesses and organizations. From there, Business First editors narrowed the list of finalists and sent those names to a panel of outside judges, who will determine winners in each category.
FreshFry was a finalist in the Emerging Companies category. Click below to hear more.
FreshFry entrepreneurs say Louisville is the best place for their budding company
January 26, 2016
FreshFry may be a company in its infancy with many things still to learn, but co-founders Jeremiah Chapman and Jacob Huff already know for sure that they never want to move their enterprise from Louisville.
The company, which was founded in 2014 and started delivering product to customers last year, was born from the mind of Chapman and incubated through many nights at the dinner table in the apartment he shared with Huff while the two were battling through the strenuous program at the University of Louisville’s JB Speed School of Engineering. It seems only fitting that a product designed to make food preparation more efficient saw its development over the dinner plate.
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Chapman was among Forbes Magazine's 30 Under 30, a celebration of millennials who are out to change the world with innovations, energy and persistence.
In all, the 2015 honorees showcase 600 men and women under 30 years old from American manufacturing, the arts, music, consumer tech, education, healthcare, finance and marketing, among other categories.
"Those who grew up in the tech age see things differently. Their ambitions are way bigger — and perfectly suited to the dynamic, entrepreneurial and impatient digital world they grew up in," Forbes editors wrote of their fourth annual class.