Questions about cooking by submerging food in hot oil or fat.

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Which type of oil/fat should I use for deep frying?

I just got my first ever deep fryer yesterday. Looking round in the shops, I found that I can get bottled frying oil, or a white solid block type of fat which I've never used before, I guess it may be ...
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Coconut Shrimp-fry ahead for dinner party?

I see a few opinions on my question, from a few years ago. Just wondering if anyone has an updated idea. I want to serve fresh and crunchy coconut shrimp as part of a dinner party for 12 people. I ...
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How to make deep fried beer?

I remember reading about the 2010 Texas State Fair "Most Creative" deep-fried food winner, who made fried beer. The news stories I've read were all published around that time (August 2010), where Mark ...
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Heated up oil for frying, stirred it, tiny bubbles appeared and rose slowly but with very loud popping sound - why?

Last night I tried deep frying stuff for the first time. As the oil heated in the pot, I thought it would be a good idea to stir the oil (I was really scared of it catching on fire). It was probably ...
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Why doesn't deep frying 'wet' the food?

If I placed bread crumbs in a pot of oil to deep fry and then take it out, it comes out crispy and not 'wet', although they are drenched in oil initially? But if I place bread crumbs in boiling water,...
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What causes gnocchi to pop violently when fried?

I came across this video about frying gnocchi, and am now quite curious what causes the reaction shown, especially since gnocchi is made from potatoes, and we have all had a fried potato in some ...
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Oil temp goes up when turkey breast is added - why?

Why does my oil temperature go up, from 350°F to 400° or 425°, when I add a bone-in turkey breast? It will remain there for about 20 minutes without the burner on. I have done this twice now with ...
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Frying Oil Reuse

What are some guidelines or rules with regard to filtering and reusing (vegetable/canola/sunflower) oil that has been used for deep frying? Is it safe and acceptable under some circumstances to ...
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Turkey frying oil temperature issues

Thanksgiving and Christmas of last year I tried my hand at frying a turkey. Everything was fine but I could never seem to get the peanut oil up to 350℉ (175℃). I followed Alton Brown's Recipe but ...
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Is it safe to reuse unrefrigerated canola oil for deep frying? [duplicate]

Last night I deep fried some frozen chicken wings. After letting the oil cool, I filtered it through a cheese cloth and put it in a bottle. But I didn't refrigerate it. How long will it keep like this?...
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Is it safe to deep fry two turkeys in the same oil for Thanksgiving?

Should you deep fry two turkeys in the same oil or is it better to use fresh oil for the second turkey?
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How to replicate golden brown color of McDonalds chicken nuggets?

Does McDonalds use any food color in their chicken nuggets to get the golden brown color? How do they ensure that all the pieces are of same color and would it be possible to replicate the same at ...
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Old-Fashioned Candy/Deep-Fry Thermometer - How Shallow Can I Go?

I have a thermometer like this: Today I'm making tostadas. I don't need or want deep oil for that, just over a centimeter would be plenty. In order to submerge the bulb of this thermometer in oil ...
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How to make soft Gulab Jamuns?

I use Gulab Jamun mix of the Gits company. http://www.gitsfood.com/gulabjamun/ The problem is that even on low fire the balls get brown from out side, but don't get cooked "properly" within. When I ...
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Can I make fried chicken without a deep frier?

I've made southern style fried chick before and really enjoy it but found using all the oil to be quite expensive. Could I: A) Pan fry it? (I know this one is a stretch but could it work if the ...
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Should french fries be fried two times?

Most professional cookbooks tell me to fry french fries two times. First at a lower temperature of about 150-170°C and then at a higher temperature about 180-190°C. Reference: http://en.wikibooks....
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Max Temp for Fried Chicken

I'm currently working for a fried chicken pop up restaurant and we're trying to lock down our process to ensure chicken is fully cooked but comes out fast, crunchy, and juicy. So far I've just been ...
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Par-fry potato chips or Par-boil?

I'm considering par-frying instead of par-boiling my chips. I'll still soak them in vinegar and water to get some of the starch out. I'll be par-frying the night before a large fish fry (70+ people). ...
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How to make canollis without a deep frier?

I absolutely love cannolis but every recipe I see requires a deep frier. Is it possible to make them without one?
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What is the origin of fried potato?

What is the origin of fried potato? Is it France that introduced it through French fries to the world? EDIT: By origin I mean the first most popular amongst the world.
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Why are my doughnuts raw in the middle?

I recently began making doughnuts. I did a few experiments. The first time I followed the recipe exactly and they came out perfectly. Large, airy, and soft. But on day 2 they were too dry and lost ...
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Best vessel for frying

I looking to do some basic oil frying in my house. I have a gas stove. What is the best vessel to use and why? I am mainly worried about spilling oil all over the place. I read an article from ...
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Confirming Fried Chicken is completely cooked

I'm currently involved in a food startup and we're refining our process for product quality. We fry Bone-In breasts, Dark quarters, Wings and Boneless breasts. The challenge I'm currently facing is ...
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Deep frying - caloric-intake difference in saturated vs. unsaturated oil

In one of my previous questions, it was indicated that animal oils (saturated) would have a longer lifetime than unsaturated oils. However, given good hygiene and properly fresh oil use, what would ...
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Deep frying - taste difference in saturated vs. unsaturated oil

In one of my questions I received answers that indicated using more saturated (Animal) fats would extend the life of my deep frying oil. However - given proper maintenance / cleaning / good oil - how ...
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Marinating in yogurt

I'm currently letting some wild turkey (the bird, not the whiskey) marinate in some plain yogurt. I saw this somewhere on TV or online. Does anyone know what's actually going on chemically when the ...
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Deep-Frying stuffed mushrooms?

I got stuffed mushrooms at the butcher's today with minced meat inside them. Would it be a good idea to deep-fry them; and if so on how many degrees would you do so? Thanks for your help!
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Reusage of deep frying oil and flour coated vegetables

I deep fry different mashed vegetables for various recipes. (For example, Indian Malai Kofta). When I do so, I usually coat the vegetables in flour or corn flour, to prevent them from breaking in the ...
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Pre-pounding chicken

I usually buy chicken about 1.2 kilograms at a time. I eat half of that in a day. I store the rest in the refrigerator. The usual recipe is breaded chicken and as such, requires pounding the chicken. ...
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using deep fried oil for regular frying

Is it okay to use oil that was used for deep frying for regular frying (for example frying your omelette ? For the sake of the argument, lets assume that the oil hasn't changed its color or smell at ...
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Can you use baking powder in a breading?

I'm trying to make chicken wings. As I want it to be extra crispy, I'm looking to use baking powder in my flour/starch breading. However, every recipe I see that uses baking powder has it in a batter. ...
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Beer Battered Onion Rings — what makes them look shiny?

I'm working on a beer battered onion ring recipe and I think I have the recipe part but the onion rings look dull as they cool. I notice at restaurants etc...that they are usually shiny. Is it an ...
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What is the difference between normal oils and cooking oils?

I am not proficient in cooking but I have one question which I am not able to figure out. I have read on internet some oils should be used for dressing, other for cooking. But to me, they all look ...
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Fried Dough Balls Too Doughy [closed]

I'm (attempting) to make homemade Cinnamon Dough Balls. However they seem to always come out a little doughy. How can I eliminate this problem? I've tried to poke holes in them but they just get hard. ...
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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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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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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 ...