People love fried foods but too many home cooks are intimated by deep frying at home by many reasons:
- The long lasting funky smells that are lingering the whole house for many hours or even days, especially during the winter time when all doors and windows are tightly closed.
- Spray of oil over the kitchen, cabinet, paint that is very difficult to clean, and when it’s not cleaned properly, it attracks dirts very quickly.
- If you’re not carefully and fry when ingredients are still wet, you might risk yourself being burned from hot oil splashing on you. This would cause serious burn.
- Food absorbed too much oil
If you’re one of them for any reason above, you’ll miss out numerous tasty recipes to try out at home. Here are some tips to help you do it at home:
- Set up a station outside in your backyard for deep frying. To avoid a lingering smell inside the house when you fry, set up a station outside to fry food. You can buy a portable stovetop or a deep fryer and always do the deep frying job outside the house.
- Get a good deep fryer. It will be worth the investment and you’ll be glad you did. It offers a safe, accurate, fast, and customizable alternative to working with hot oils in a pan. Furthermore, it is relatively easy to clean and helps the environment by reusing cooking oil.
- Put a few sheets of newspaper on the floor and a piece of paper carton if you’re worried abut dirtying the kitchen. During or after frying, quickly clean it up to prevent grease buildup
- Frying in batches to avoid lowering the oil temperature. Always let the oil return to the approriate temperature before adding the next batch.
- Frying oil can be reused a couple of times. Strain the oil through a fine-mesh strainer after frying and put it in the refrigerator. Use it within a week or until it oxidizes. (How will you know if your oil has oxidized? After you fry with it two or three times, the oil will start to turn dark and smell weird. You’ll know it when you see it. Or smell it.)
See the article on Best Deep Fryers for Home Use to help choose your own deep fryer.
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