A direct-heat cooking method using oil, butter, or other fat.

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What do the numbers on my deep fryer dial mean?

I'm very new to cooking. I bought a second-hand deep fryer, without a user manual. The dial has these numbers on it: What do the numbers mean? Do they refer to wattage, or temperature (degrees C/F?)...
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Is it ok to store peanut oil in the container it came in after being used?

I am starting to get into frying again. I was wondering if it is ok to store the oil after it has cooled down in its original container or if there is a better option for storage.
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How do you avoid getting burnt by hot oil?

I find myself getting hit too much by boiling oil. Even when I keep my face really far from the pan it hits me. Are there any general guidelines or best practices to avoid getting hit by boiling oil?
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Why doesn't oil burn and produce smoke at restaurants?

At home when you want to deep-fry something, if you leave the heat on for a minute or two more than you should have, the oil starts to burn and produce smoke. Why doesn't this happen at restaurants ...
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Can you caramelize onions without using fat?

Serious Eats: caramelizing onions In this article the writer suggests slightly caramelizing table sugar and after that toss the onions in the caramelized sugar. My question is - wouldn't you need a ...
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How do you fry a fat, uneven salmon filet?

I can nail a decent medium rare salmon filet. But today the salmon I have bought turned out to be really fat - like 2 inches in height. Its sides have very steep slopes so its bound to cook unevenly. ...
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How do you know when your flavor base is thoroughly sauteed?

I have read that sauteing is basically taking all of the moisture and bite out of aromatic veggies. My assumption is as long as steam comes out of the flavor base (not fat burning smoke) there is some ...
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How do you sear tilapia fish?

I tried searing tilapia as a steak on the stove like I do with salmon... Big mess. I dropped it on boiling hot olive oil. All the skin stuck to the pan and I did not manage to get a medium rare at ...
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What happened to my steak?

I have trouble cooking a steak 'medium', and to be honest, cooking it at all. These were my steps: Bought a steak (hip) that was about 1cm to 1.5cm in height. I let it reach room temperature (1 to ...
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How should you saute in butter?

Sauteing is pretty problematic for me with butter. It is difficult to find the sweet spot where you don't burn the butter but don't steam the veggies, and even then seldom I will not get a sizzle even ...
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Cooking meat/fish without Maillard reaction(a.k.a. browning)

Maillard reaction (browning) is the chemical reaction that occurs during frying. Almost all the recipes on cooking meat/fish are all about frying. Even if it's not frying it still mostly incorporates ...
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If oil in a frying pan gets displaced, say by too much liquid being sweated, will the meat be unevenly cooked?

A thought occurred to me that since oil is a better conductor of heat than water, can too much sweating hurt the cooking process? If the meat sweats a lot of liquid, blood or protein then it can move ...
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Questions on frying Chicken breasts

Is the oil temperature limited to 350 or 375. How do I Dry Brine chicken? Is there a rule of thumb for how much seasoning is used? Do I use more seasoning in the marinade than in the flour mixture?
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Storage of uncooked french fries [duplicate]

How long can you store uncooked cut fries? Tried to make some other day, didn't finish. Had quite a bit left over.....am currently storing them in water in refrigerator. How long will they be safe ...
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How do you cook boneless chicken thighs?

I can cook beef steak and chicken breasts pretty good, but boneless chicken thighs is where I have some issues. First it is uneven in width, making it hard to properly cook the insides without ...
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Will meat taste okay if I cook it in a pan where the leftover fond seems burned?

I have found that after 2 batches of chicken breasts, the fond is in the pan for enough time to start burning, so the third batch gets a little black and starts to taste burned. Does it mean that I ...
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How do you make sure your salmon is cooked through?

I have taken measurements and by the time the slim side of the salmon hits 60c, the middle is barely scratching 30c. With that gap how can you make sure the inside is cooked without overcooking the ...
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Brown sediments when frying meat

Possibly, this is a rather trivial question, but I've not yet found any good explanation. Whether I cook a steak for bacon, as long as it is red meat, the ground of the pan fills with a brown ...
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How do you prevent salmon from falling apart when frying?

I have tried frying salmon filet and besides the fact it was very raw on the inside it fell apart when I tried to flip it over. Why? *Skin was on.
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How should you go about heating a pan before adding oil? [duplicate]

I always see chefs pre-heating a pan until it is searing hot and then they add the oil (something with the pores inside the pan). But recently while I inquired about why white smoke comes off my pan ...
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Crispy sweet potato (yam) fries in a deep fryer?

I bought a roto deep fryer recently. But everytime I make yam fries, they end up being soggy. My process: I cut the sweet potato fries to about 1/4 inch. I follow deep fryer instructions of ...
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Starch accumulating as sediment during shallow fry

Since I was shown how to make tatsutaage (a particular type of Japanese fried chicken with grated ginger in the marinade), I've been tweaking things in the recipe here and there, and this week have ...
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What is the reason my veggies cook unevenly?

Today I sauteed some onions and in some spots they were caramelizing nicely while in others they were slightly burnt. Anyone knows who could be the possible culprit? I am betting on the frying pan ...
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Salted or unsalted butter [duplicate]

I'm a fan of James Martin and have no problem with the amount of butter that he uses. However, I'm totally unsure what type of butter to use! Salted or unsalted?
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Frying a rooster rather than roasting?

I know that usually roosters are roasted because rooster is tough. But I was wondering if there is a way to fry rooster and have it be tender without using so much meat tenderizer that the meat tastes ...
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Fried pies lose their shape

Family recipe for Vollinas. 4-5 cups flour 4 egg yolks 1 cup milk 1 pkg yeast 1 stick sweet cream butter 1/2 cup sugar. After mixing & kneading & rising overnight, golf ball size pieces ...
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How to keep boudin (blood sausage) slices from disintegrating when pan-frying?

I want to pan-fry some boudin slices and then put them on slices of baguette with some apple compote. I have cooked boudin before and often, the boudin was at least a bit disintegrated by the end. I ...
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How can I cool down cooking oil after using it in a deep fryer?

I need to be able to cool down cooking oil quickly after using it in a countertop deep fryer- how can I do that safely?
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Can chicken be partially deep fried to fully fry later?

I own a small food truck serving fried chicken wings, fries and fish and tenders. Serving food fast is the key. I want to give customers a hot meal but, made to order is time consuming. Can I ...
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How to store cut potatoes for the morning?

Hi all, I am new here; so first of all, NICE TO MEET YOU! I want to ask for potatoes storage; as the title said. I usually fry potatoes with the following steps ( I am sure these are good tips ). ...
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How to fry eggplant with less oil?

Frying eggplant is somewhat tricky, as it absorbs oil like a sponge. I read some tricks like brushing egg white or flour on the eggplant slices before frying. None of these tricks are good enough to ...
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How to make chicken liver less explosive?

I like fried chicken livers with onions quite a bit, and they are very quick and easy to make... unfortunately quick and easy doesn't translate to safe. These livers explode HARD. And of course they ...
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How to make perfect crispy bacon strips?

I recently tried to make some crispy bacon, and failed. I prepared half of it in a frying pan, half of it in the oven. Half the strips were still chewy, some were partially burnt, some were still ...
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Can I cook in this stainless steel balti dish?

I recently purchased what I believed to be a balti dish. It turned out, it was just a serving dish. It is described as A Quality Stainless Steel Balti Dish 15cm in diameter. Balti dishes are ...
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Why does fish stick to a pan which is not very hot?

As we have seen there are several threads about preventing the fish from sticking to the pan by making the pan very hot. I want to understand why does the fish stick to a pan which is not very hot. ...
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Is it possible to make good fried salmon in a stainless steel pan? [duplicate]

I am trying to make fried salmon in my stainless steel pan. My goal is to have a nicely browned exterior, but I keep running into the same problem: Once the outer layer of the salmon starts to brown, ...
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Does the par-boiling first then frying work for sweet potatoes as well?

I want to make sweet potato wedges. Is it the same process as using russet potatoes? Does the par-boiling first then frying work for sweet potatoes as well?
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Eggs sticking to the pan

Everytime I fry eggs, in any pan, it sticks. If I add oil or butter it helps, BUT if I go to make a second egg, it sticks unless I add more butter or oil. And when I add more, the butter or oil burns ...
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Will smoked-then-fried foods impart smoke flavor to cooking oil?

I am preparing for a chicken wing cooking competition later this month. One way I've been making wings lately is starting with a ride in the smoker to par cook and add a hint of smokey goodness (think ...
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Ceramic pans vs PTFE pans

I want to buy ceramic pan. The shop keeper told me that ceramic pans are more durable. But they need oil. Here, I found a different info. They claimed PTFE is more durable. It says that none of them ...
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Does the fatty acids in olive oil convert into trans fatty acids when heated?

There is not much I can add on the title without going off topic, just was wondering about it. Any seasoned advice?
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Beef fat for frying

Where do I purchase beef fat for frying fish? I have been using a solid fat of half vegetable and half beef fat, but have not been able to find beef fat only.
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Which non-stick pan to buy? [duplicate]

Recently, I found a small but deep scratch on my pan. I can see the metalic color on the scratch. I am not sure how much serious it is. Now, I want to buy a new one. I see different prices with ...
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Super soft fried shrimp in a light batter

I dined at a sushi restaurant recently that had an appetizer called buffalo rock shrimp. Essentially its fried shrimp in a buffalo sauce. To describe the dish more specifically. The shrimp itself is ...
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Difference between sweating and sautéeing?

I would like to know the difference between sweating and sautéeing? Is the difference between the two, the fact that one uses oil, and the other uses fat, or are there any other aspects to be ...
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Culinary term for frying in water (without oil)?

Is there a culinary term describing "frying in about 4mm of water" in a frying pan without oil (with this technique, if water evaporates you just keep adding more from a glass, keeping it shallow).
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button mushrooms turned red while frying in butter

I fried fresh sliced button mushrooms in butter over low heat with no other ingredients. After a short while dark red areas started to appear on the sides of several slices. I never noticed anything ...
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Why would gluten-free chicken meatballs involve pre-cooking 1/3 of the chicken before frying the formed meatballs?

I am looking at this recipe for gluten-free chicken meatballs and found this step to be odd. Anyone know what the purpose is? Is it related to the lack of gluten or somehow helping the balls to stay ...
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Ideal pan temperature for frying meats (kangaroo, chicken etc.) using IR thermometer?

I've recently bought a Thermoworks IR thermometer. I'm hoping to use it with my pan when frying meats, to get more ideal temperatures. There's plenty of content online about what the internal ...
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Why does tilapia and swai fish taste like catfish?

I have been cooking fish for over 40 years. Catfish is a fish I can not stand. My family buys and loves tilapia and swai and no matter how I cook, grill, bake, fry, season, marinate, flour it, ...