The basics when using a Deep Fryer
The Deep Fryer is an ingenious, easy to use kitchen appliance that will require very little time to give you a perfect meal. In order to use it, you must first fill it in with the oil. Keep in mind that there are different types of oil you can use, and the most common is vegetable oil. Different oils can create different flavors! Next, turn on the fryer so it can reach the appropriate temperature level and wait for the oil to heat up. It will heat up faster with the lid closed.
In the meantime, you can prep whatever you want to put into the fryer, but make sure it’s dry! Wet food will cause hot oil splashes. Place the food in the basket and lower it slowly in the fryer. After the timer is up (some fryers have it incorporated), lift the food out of the oil, let it drain and you’re set! Be careful, it might be very hot!
There are a number of foods that you can deep fry, from chicken to even Twinkies. The way you can cook the meal varies as well. Most people prefer their meat deep fried with a natural crust, however, some like to use flour to season their food. One of the best coatings that work with fish is flour mixed with a little bit of seasoning.
A general rule that applies to all dishes is that the oil must have an appropriate temperature before putting the food inside. If it doesn’t, the food will be oily and the food will boil rather than fry.
Regarding the batter technique, it may sound unbelievable, but it helps you achieve a healthy deep fried meal. If you cover up fish or shrimps in the batter and put them into boiling oil, the batter will form a crust, and the dish will be cooked by the steam that emerges from it.
Maintaining and reusing the oil and the Deep Fryer
Regarding oil reuse, some Deep Fryers come with an integrated filter that allows you to do reuse your oils. However, if yours doesn’t have this feature, you can strain the oil to get rid of all the little chunks of food, and store it in a cool place for future use.
When it comes to the oil you’re going to use, it will almost entirely depend on your taste, but be sure to have in mind the smoke point of the oil (the extra-virgin olive oil has a low smoke point).
Also, remember that you must not use the oil too much in the Deep Fryer, as it picks up flavoring and can develop a burnt taste over time. Every once in a while, you should completely drain the oil, and clean the inside (and outside!) of the fryer depending on how it can be taken apart. The basket and the handle can go into the washing machine, while the other components can be cleaned with a damp cloth.
The right utensils can help you ease the pain when it comes to getting the food out of the Deep Fryer. You can use a spider utensil for bigger chunks of food, or tongs for rolls and such. You can even use a slotted spoon to get little pieces out. However, you need to be careful if using a fork or any other sharp utensil as you may damage the inner lining of the Deep Fryer.