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Frying High

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Believe it or not, there's more to frying than placing oil in a pan. Bet you thought that frying is the easiest thing to do with regards to cooking, right? Well, there's more to merely placing oil in a heated pan, and hoping that the food you are frying will not turn black. Here are a few tips to make frying easy.

Use the right utensils.
The choice of pan and related kitchen utensils are important when frying. As such, try to use a medium-to heavyweight 8" to 10" (width) by 4" to 5" (depth) pan or deep fryer for convenience. Also, keep tongs, a slotted spoon and thermometer handy.       

Alas, not all of us can have a cooking thermometer handy. What to do? Try these time-tested alternatives for measuring heat. For instance, a 1" -cube of bread will turn brown in 65 seconds. This means that the temperature is about 345 to 355ºF. If the bread turns brown at 60, the temperature is at 355 to 365ºF.

There should always be enough oil or shortening in the saucepan when frying. As such, fill the saucepan half full and a deep-fryer within half an inch of the fill mark.

When storing used oil, allow it to cool first before straining to remove food particles. Store in a jar (with cover) or a bottle (with stopper) and place in a cool place, like a refrigerator. Throw away rancid oil. If the oil turns foamy throw away as well.

When frying.
Try to submerge the food being fried in oil and cook until golden brown. Also, try not to overcrowd the pan as doing so will lower temperature. Lower temperatures in frying will make food feel and taste greasy.

Be clean.
Hygiene is important even when deep-frying as not all bacteria can die even in extreme heat. Wash pans and utensils and dry them thoroughly. Food residue may contaminate the food being fried, and may even cause unwanted foaming or bubbling.

Drain or dry.
Food with too much moisture may cause splattering when being fried. Blot food first with a clean cloth or paper towel and drain these as much as possible. The same, too when serving the fried food. Try to drain the food of too much oil or blot with clean paper or cloth towels. However, do not allow food to cool that much before serving.

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September 20, 2017

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