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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: ...
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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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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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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.
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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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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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How to imitate commercial fried chicken?

I'm trying to develop my own "secret" fried recipe, something that is similar to Popeye's or Church's. I'm a LONG ways from getting there. Here's what I did in my last experiment: Chicken was ...
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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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Tricks to preserve chips (french fries)?

Since I can remember I've always been crazy about chips (french fries for the Americans). As a result I always make too much when I make them for me. The problem I have and have always had is that ...
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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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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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Easiest way to strain fry oil?

What is the easiest way to strain fry oil? I strain fry oil so it can be reused. I've been using cheesecloth put inside a funnel. It works but it's a bit messy and a hassle. Is there a better ...
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Does the Philips Air-fryer work as well as a standard deep-fryer?

I've seen commercial ads about the Philips Air-fryer: I'd like to hear answers from someone who actually tried it.. Does the outcome taste the same as if it was fried in a normal deep fryer? Does ...
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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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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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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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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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How can I create a scotch egg with a runny yolk?

I ate a scotch egg at thebreslin.com in New York City. The dish was clearly cooked fresh and the yolk of the egg was still runny when I cut into it. It was pretty amazing. My question - how can I ...
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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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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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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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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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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 - Oil foams

I am relatively new to deep-frying. Having seen the questions about oil reuse and conservation, I'm still at a loss about what's going on with my oil... My sunflower oil foams like crazy. I've been ...
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How to make crispy/dry potato chips/crisps?

I've tried frying chips a few times, but, even though it's fun and tastes relatively good, they did not turn out like commercial potato chips (such as Lay's). My homemade chips soaked up too much oil, ...
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How do I eliminate a lingering smell of fried food?

Some great friends of ours cooked us an amazing meal in our home three nights ago. The meal included gourmet french fries cooked in a home use deep fryer. While the fries were outstanding the ...
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Why double fry French fries after blanching instead of just blanching and frying?

I love good fries fries. I've made them with some success at home using the Steak Frites recipe originally developed by Cooks Illustrated/America's Test Kitchen. In their recipe cut potatoes are ...
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Frying a turkey while snowing

I live in suburban Cleveland, Ohio. It is currently November 2013, and light snow is in the forecast for Thanksgiving. I plan on deep frying the turkey. I have deep fried turkey before. I know what ...
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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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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 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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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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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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Egg replacement for fried chicken

I often make fried chicken fingers the traditional way with an egg and milk covered cutlet dredged in seasoned flour, however my girlfriend is now on not only a gluten-free diet, but also a ...
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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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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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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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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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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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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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Is deep-frying silicone oil safe for home use?

Perhaps it is due to confusion surrounding silicone, but what studies exist that document the safety and best practices of using silicone oil? I understand it is used for as an anti-foaming agent in ...
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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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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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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 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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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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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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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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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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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 ...