Deep fryers are a must-have for all cooks. You can use them to make your own chips, fish and vegetables, or even homemade chicken nuggets. However, it is important to know how to use a deep fryer properly.
Deep fryers have come a long way since the days of “fried dough”. They are now an essential piece of equipment in many households, and can be used for a wide variety of cooking applications. Here’s our list of deep fryer tips to help you get the most out of your new appliance.
Step 1: Always read the instruction manual that comes with your frying apparatus. Each model has a different interior temperature and cooking time to help you get the best results for what you’re using it for – whether it’s making French fries or bubble waffles!
Step 2: Use a thermometer to regulate which heat and oil combination is right for you. Once the desired temperature has been reached, switch off (the fryer will automatically turn off when set) and let cool before removing your food from the deep fryer – there’s just no point in burning it on purpose!
Step 3: If storing your fried foods immediately after frying them, always keep shallow ramekins or heavy-based mason jars for the storage of fried foods.
Step 4: Safely dispose of excess fat from your deep fryer, especially when using a commercially prepared batter mixture to make French fries or nuggets in. Make sure to let such food cool completely before putting them in the freezer. Otherwise you’ll end up with ice cold unhealthy burger patties! Store soft-shell hot dogs and hamburgers on paper bags inside the deep fryer when it is not in use.
Step 5: When purchasing and using commercially prepared sliced bread or meat, grains or poultry products inside a deep-fry pan to make fajitas, you’ll want to at least let them sit while they cool completely before eating. Otherwise all that oil might splatter on your kitchen wall!
It’s important to know how long frying times vary depending on the type of food, the quantity of oil in the deep fryer (the actual frying time will be influenced by this as well), and how many different types of raw ingredients you want to prepare with it. The principal difference between a chicken nuggets recipe I posted recently is that one requires 8 minutes per batch while my favorite French fries are done at 4 minutes each.
Some recommendations before using a deep fryer:
1. Frequent, nonstop use of the deep-fryer over the weekends is not a good idea, especially since shortcuts don’t always work out well in such cases as melted equipment when reheated and overheating may occur due to high demand around this time.
2. Allow unused portions to sit and cool at room temperature if it can be done. Otherwise, place them in a fridge for long term storage purposes or freeze those that aren’t intended to be kept refrigerated (hot dogs, burgers).
3. Place all oils within the deep fryer before use into individual bottles with proper amounts of oil inside each bottle when using a commercially prepared batter mixture from frozen as fajitas is what I do every time.
4. Do not let appliance sit directly on floor! Be stingy when using any water while cooking food items
with hot oil or when deep frying stuffs. Place a tray on the floor to avoid any sort of spillage, before turning your appliances off by lowering them into it!
5. When ever you are cooking with oils in the deep fryer make sure that they cool down inside its container even slightly because heat retention is important especially when temperature rises drastically.
Deep frying can be a messy business, but if you know how to use a deep fryer properly, it can be a great way to prepare your favorite foods. By taking the time to read through this blog post, you’ll learn everything you need to know about what types of oils and fats are best for cooking with and how best to cook with them. As always, we’d love to hear from you in the comments below!