Many people want to learn how to deep fry. Who doesn’t? Just about anything deep fried is amazing: chicken, French fries, fish, calamari, even Oreos and cheesecake! Deep fried food has been a favorite for centuries, dating back to the Egyptians and later by the Greeks. By the thirteenth century, recipes show that fried fish was a common meal in Spain and Portugal and funnel cakes were already common in northern Europe. From then, we have begun deep frying more and more food—and that’s a great thing! Here are some tips to learning to deep fry foods:
Get the Proper Tools.
You can deep fry using a variety of tools. From a deep fryer, a wok, or a fry basket. The easiest is by far using a deep fryer so I would recommend this for anyone deep frying for the first time.
Temperature is Key.
The right temperature can make or break the food you are cooking. If your heat is too high, you will have to leave the food in longer to cook and it can become extremely greasy and even burned. Heat too low will cause your food to lack that crisp and crunch everyone loves. While the temperature of the oil depends on the food, specifically the thickness of the food, you can plan for the temperature being somewhere between 350 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit.
Clean Your Fryer.
Whether you are using a deep fryer, wok, or fry basket, it is important that you are cleaning this tool regularly. I have heard many people tell me “It adds more flavor” by not cleaning it, and, while that may or may not be true, it also adds contaminants to your food. This may end up adding a flavor that you like, however it is not healthy and could lead to health problems later. Use dish detergent and/or baking soda to clean your tools, regularly, to prevent contamination and keep your food tasting yummy.
Don’t Add too Much Oil.
Regardless of whether you are using a deep fryer, wok, or fry basket, you need to make sure that you are not using too much oil. I recommend only filling the pan half-way. The oil can and will splatter and you do not want to be burned by the excess oil. Also, you will need to dispose of the oil later and having less will make your life a lot easier.
Pat Food Dry.
Before placing the chicken, poultry, or whatever food item into the deep fryer, wok, or fry basket, you want to make sure that the food is dry. To do this, use a paper towel to remove any excess water or fluid that may be on your soon-to-be-fryed food. If the food is wet, it will add water to the oil and if you are going to be cooking more than a few things, this could affect how they cook.