Deep-frying is something that a lot of people have never tried and instead have left to the fast food outlets and restaurants. Deep-frying is actually quite easy though, when you know how it is done, and a deep fryer is the cleanest, safest way of deep-frying your food.
How a Deep Fryer Works
It is important to read the deep fryer instructions carefully because different fryers work in different ways. You will also need to have the correct oil to cook with because oils need different cooking times and the results vary depending, which oil you use.
Pour the oil into the deep fryer, keeping it well below the indicated max fill line. If there is no max fill line, check the instructions. You will need enough oil so your food is immersed but do not fill it right up because your food will displace some of the oil.
There will be a temperature control on the machine, either a button or a knob. Some fryers let you know when the oil has reached the right temperature but if your machine does not have this feature, you will need to use a thermostat or drop a cube of crustless white bread into the fryer. If it turns golden brown after one minute, the oil is at the right temperature for deep-frying.
If the oil is too hot, the food will be cooked on the outside and still partially raw inside. If the oil is not hot enough, the food will soak it up and come out soggy.
Put the food into the fryer, using a slotted spoons or tongs if there is no basket in the fryer. Do not put too much food in at once because this cooking method is fast and cooking in batches is quick and easy.
If you are frying frozen food, try to brush off as many ice crystals as you can because they can cause spattering when they come into contact with the hot oil. Close the deep fryer lid if there is one, while the food cooks. Keep an eye on the clock to time your cooking and then remove the cooked food with the basket, slotted spoon, or tongs. Drain it on paper towels to absorb excess grease.
Delicious Deep Fried Chicken Recipes
Chicken is one of the most popular foods for deep-frying because this cooking method gives such great results. Homemade deep fried chicken is just as good as anything you might get from a Kentucky Fried Chicken fast food restaurant and it is so much more cost effective and convenient to make your own.
In addition, you are not limited to the KFC side dish options at home. You can make whatever you like to go with your fried chicken, such as baked beans and mashed garlic potatoes or a chili dipping sauce or anything else you fancy.
Using a deep fat fryer means you can make a KFC fried chicken recipe whenever you want to, in the comfort of your own home. Deep-frying is easy and fast and the results are great.