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Some batter falls off during deep fry

I have been trying to replicate a bloomin' onion, but it seems that I can never keep the batter on the onion during the frying process. It doesn't completely fall off, but it is definitely not the ...
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Beer batter fish, keeping the breading from peeling right off while eating?

A few months back I made beer-batter fish. I don't remember the exact recipe I used but I think I got it from foodnetwork.com. I fried in vegetable oil at 350. Everything came out OK, but the ...
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Best way to hold deep-fried foods?

If I'm deep-frying foods and want to hold batches of them so I can serve a large amount all at once, or even prepare a couple hours ahead, what's the best way to hold them until ready to serve? ...
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What varieties of potato would be good for chips / french fries?

What varieties of potato would be good for making chips / french fries that can be cooked in a deep fryer to give a nice golden crunch on the outside, but still be nice and fluffy in the middle?
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Why is my chicken all rubbery?

I'm an (very) amateur chef who's just started cooking chicken. I've tried cooking chicken by boiling and frying it. I've managed to cook it right by boiling. The chicken is soft and tender. But no ...
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Does adding alcohol to dough prevent it from soaking oil when deep-frying?

Some culinary books and, for example, this Wikipedia article, state that adding alcohol (usually spirit) to dough, it will prevent the dough from soaking oil when you deep-fry it. Does it really work? ...
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How can I make Chinese chicken fingers like in the northeast USA?

Does anyone know how to duplicate the chicken fingers found at Chinese restaurants in the Boston area? The batter on them is very puffy, and doesn't really conform to the shape of the chicken. Google ...
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Why breadcrumb is necessary for deep-frying?

As I've always known, or at least this is the habid in Hungary: adding covering meat slices with breadcrumb (after the flour and the egg) is necessary, even the frozen but previously deep-fried turkey ...
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I'm trying to make cheddar sticks from scratch

What are common commercial food additives that keep the cheese 'melty', but not runny? I have tried making fried cheddar sticks but the cheese just oozes out, like thick water... Freezing first? ...
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Beer Batter - let it rest before using or use immediately?

I just purchased a deep fryer and have been looking at different recipes for making beer batter. I noticed that some instruct you to let the batter sit for a number of hours before using it to coat ...
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Deep frying - beer batter vs. bread crumbs

@Joe thank you for answering my earlier question! After an epic fail trying to deep fry beer battered zucchini (ended up with a beer battered pancake-like blob with some zucchini slices on top) I ...
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How to make crispy French fries?

Yesterday I tried making French fries, but they were not crispy. I heard that if I use 2 spoonfuls of Mobil oil with soybean oil, the fries will be much crispier. Is that true? Or is there any way ...
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why does oil temperature rise when I put food in the pan

I tried deep frying in oil using a thermometer for the first time today, my usual method is to test temp with a small amount of food. I was using a wok filled 1/2 full with vegetable oil. I heated ...
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How to make Namkeen Mathi/Mathri?

Namkeen Mathi/Mathri translates to salty, chewy, and crisp biscuits in English. http://www.tarladalal.com/Namkeen-Mathri-10381r Ingredients 2 cups plain flour (maida) Method 2. Add ...
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Maillard in a Pressure Cooker

I was reading about frying in On Food And Cooking this weekend and it mentions that frying works so much better than oven cooking because oil has a far higher specific heat than air so it is able to ...
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How do I get my spring rolls crispy?

I tried making spring rolls last night and for whatever reason they turned out soggy and I was generally disappointed. I cooked them in about 5cm vegetable oil in a wok that was on a pretty high heat ...
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What type of vegetable oil should I use for tempura?

If I want to make a really superior vegetable or seafood tempura, what kind of oil should I use, and what temperature should I heat it to? I've been using refined peanut oil (Lion & Globe brand) ...
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Why won't my potatoes crisp?

I live in a country where there is no chemical engineering done on the plants, so everything is completly organic. But i noticed the biggest difference in the potatoes here vs. in America is that the ...
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Why do chicken wings turn chewy if cooled between cookings?

I prepared some chicken wings by: Place chicken wings, raw, in cool oil. Heat corn oil to ~180°F, hold at ~180°F for 3 hours (in the oven). Heat peanut oil in deep fryer to 370°F (as high as the ...
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Is there a practical way to make belgian fries for four at home?

I would really like to make some professional style belgian fries at home, with the specific restriction of frying them twice. Frying in a frying pan is difficult to control the temperature, smoke, ...
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How do I pick artichokes for deep frying?

A few years ago I was wandering around the Jewish Quarter in Rome with my sister and spotted Carciofi alla giudia (deep fried artichokes) on a menu. Intrigued, we tried them. Every since I've been ...
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Making “french fries” out of Cassava/Yuca root

I'm surprised this question isn't already on here, maybe I missed it... To start, had my first taste of yucca cooked as a sort of alternative french fry at a Bolivian restaurant, and it was ...
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Baking batter-covered chicken instead of frying?

Yesterday I made Sweet Chicken according to this recipe: ding! It was very good. However, I really don't like making and eating deep fried food, so I figured I should try oven-baking the chicken. But ...
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Can I use Yellow Croaker for fish and chips?

I bought some fish called Yellow Croaker. Can this be fried with batter to make fish and chips or will this type of fish not have the right type of texture for fried fish? What type of fish is ...
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How to deep fry cauliflower?

I tried to deep fry cauliflowers (without breading; I am NOT making tempura), but they turned out soft. I have seen that done on TV where cauliflowers are freshly deep-fried and turn out to be ...
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Is there a nice, cheap, general-purpose thermometer? [closed]

I'm a bachelor living in an apartment with an oven that does not have visible temperature settings. I'm also looking at deep frying and making yogurt/cheese at home. Is there a single, cheap, reliable ...
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How to best store not-yet-used frying oil?

I occasionally deep fry using peanut oil. The small amount used in my deep fryer (around one quart/1 liter) is easy enough to store in a polypropylene container that came with the fryer. Originally, I ...
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Can I use a deep fryer instead of a pot with oil?

I got a deep fryer for Christmas, and that made me think of all the donut recipes I have seen floating about, like this one for crullers or this one for chocolate dipped donuts. These are just two ...
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Why do my salmon fish cakes break up in frying?

We make salmon fish cakes from a mix of canned fish, cooked potatoes and eggs mixed in a food processor. They are then deep fried. We find that the first batch are fine. The second batch comes out ...
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Getting crispy chicken nuggets at home

I have been trying to make chicken nuggets at home, but the nuggets did not come out as crispy as expected. The chicken inside is cooked fine, it is just the covering that did not come out fine. I ...
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Can I deep fry in my Le Creuset dutch oven?

It's an enameled cast iron dutch oven. Just wondering if I could take off enamel by deep frying in it.
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How do I safely deep fry a turkey?

I've seen all the videos of deep fried turkey fireballs. but I've also heard deep fried turkey is really great. How do I safely deep fry a turkey? What causes the explosions?
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How much of the oil will stay in french fries?

Is there a fixed percentage of how much of the oil used to frying french fries will stay in the served french fries? I guess that it depends on things like dimension of the french fries, frying ...
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Frying - Straw potatoes in fryer

I've stopped frying my straw potatoes in the fryer as the straws sink to the bottom and get stuck below the heating element. After a while, some of these raw straws float to the top and mix with the ...
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Is it possible to keep battered deep-fried (pork) crunchy?

I like the pork in sweet and sour pork to be crunchy, so I deep-fry it and only add the sauce at the last second - or often just have it on the side. I'm thinking of making a big batch of S&S for ...
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Is it possible to make french fries out of potatoes and tomatoes?

In the same way that they make tomato tortillas, is it possible to create french fries with a homemade recipe that is made from potatoes and tomatoes both? My idea is to create something that does not ...
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How can I cook a perfect deep-fried Mars bar?

I've seen on Internet the description of deep-fried Mars bar (dish originated at chip shops in Scotland), and I wonder how can I do it at home.