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Deep Fryers And Deep Frying – Once Burnt Twice Fried?

Cooking and Kitchen

Chicken, turkey, donuts, potatoes,onion rings, etc are some common examples of what can be cooked in a deep fryer. 

Deep frying chicken or other items, however, can prove dangerous owing to the heat generated from the hot oil. Heated oil can burn people and start fires and if food is not cooked to a safe temperature, it can cause a food-borne illness.

It is also advisable that you invest in deep fryer gloves that can tackle puncturing, fire, extreme heats from oil.

Additionally, regular deep fryer cleaning is also important to extend the life of the deep fryer and we will discuss this in detail in the article.

COOKING TIME GUIDE

Chicken Pieces

13 - 20 minutes

Turkey

3 to 5 minutes per pound

Chicken Fingers

6 - 8 minutes

Fish Fillets

3- 5 minutes

Shrimps

4 - 6 minutes

SO WHAT ARE THE DIFFERENT ASPECTS OF DEEP FRYING ?

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8 TIPS ABOUT PREPARING A DISH FOR FRYING

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  1. Avoid cross contaminating by cleaning thoroughly all surfaces and washing your hands before handling food.
  2. Shake or dry in order to prevent the oil from splattering when you have just removed the food (wet) to minimize the chance of oil splattering when the wet food is submerged.
  3. When deep frying frozen food, make sure any excess ice is removed.
  4. Prepare a batter if required.
  5. Always keep a mental note for the level of oil required and temperature when adjusting for frying or fryer.
  6. If you are using a skillet, limit the oil to 2 inches from the top of the skillet to allow space for the oil to rise when the food is added.
  7. Where available use a deep frying thermometer to ensure the oil reaches and stays at the correct temperature.
  8. Remove any excess batter before placing battered food in the oil, to prevent debris in the oil and maintain an even coating on the food.

9 ASPECTS TO KEEP IN MIND DURING DEEP FRYING

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OVERCROWDING

  • Do not overcrowd the frying basket when using a deep fryer.
  • This is because overcrowding can cause under-cooking, uneven cooking and also an overflowing of the oil.

SPLATTERING

To prevent splattering oil or burning yourself, don't touch the frying basket or add food while the basket is submerged in oil.​

​BEING ATTENTIVE

  • ​Do not leave a fryer unattended when using a fryer.
  • Frying is a very fast cooking process and food can blacken, burn, and consequently it can become a potential fire hazard if cooked only a few minutes too long.
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TOOLS​

​Use a slotted spoon or tongs when using a skillet so that you can take the food out of the oil when it is done.

PLASTIC​

​Avoid plastic when deep-frying as some plastic can easily melt in the hot oil.

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BACTERIA

Deep frying is a fast process and when performed correctly, destroys bacteria that may be present in the food item.​

TEMPERATURE​

  • When using a deep fryer, remove the basket to test the internal temperature of the food.
  • Do not test the temperature when the food is in the oil because you risk seeing the wrong temperature and damaging the food thermometer.
  • If the internal temperature is below the minimum safe internal temperature then just submerge the food again for some time

PAPER TOWELS

  • ​Place the food on a plate covered with paper toweling.
  • Use a clean food thermometer to check the internal temperature of the food.
  • (Poultry - 165 degree fahrenheit and Fish/Shellfish - 145 degree fahrenheit)
  • When the food is deep-fried properly,it will be hot and crispy on the outside and cooked safely in the center.

HANDLING​

  • Although a food may look dry after a few minutes it can still be very hot outside and inside.
  • Take extreme care when handling or eating deep fried foods.​

9 TIPS ON THINGS TO DO AFTER DEEP FRYING

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  1. When you are finished with cooking all of your food, turnoff the fryer and unplug it to let the oil to cool.(If using a skillet, take it off the heat.)
  2. If you are planning to reuse the oil, strain it through a cheese cloth or sieve.
  3. For the best quality, refrigerate used frying oil that you want to use again.
  4. If the oil is clouded or if it starts to foam or gives a foul odor, taste or smell, then discard it.
  5. The safest way to dispose of oil is by pouring it into a metal container that can be sealed (such as a coffee can or gallon milk jug) and then throw the oil-filled container in the trash.
  6. Used cooking oil can also be recycled in some areas. If there is a recycle drop-off point in your area, check to find out if they will accept the oil so it could be used to make bio-diesel fuel or soap.
  7. Do not not pour oil down the sink. In fact, Oil will cool with water in the drain and congeal causing backups in the sink,septic system, or public sewer system.
  8. Oil can also be damaging to the environment. It can spread very thinly across water over a very large area changing the chemistry and health of the ecosystem.
  9. Don't dispose the oil near lakes, streams, or watersheds.

9 DANGERS ASSOCIATED WITH FRYING

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  1. Deep frying oil can take it to temperatures of over 400°F.
  2. Consequently, when cooking at this temperature, extreme safety measures are recommended to prevent burning one self or starting a fire.
  3. Like other oils, cooking oil is a highly flammable liquid. To prevent flare-ups and house fires,avoid letting oil contact direct flames.
  4. Because of this hazard, it is highly recommended that you keep a kitchen fire extinguisher available within reach, in the case of emergencies.
  5. Water can prove to be an extremely dangerous liquid when deep frying food.When water comes in contact with very hot oil (about 350 °F) water vaporizes instantaneously turning into super-heated steam.
  6. This causes rapid expansion,which cause oil to splatter and puts a person at risk for body burn injuries.
  7. Do not let water get into a hot fat or use water to cool, or clean the appliance while the food is deep-frying. In the event of a grease fire, don't use water to put out the fire.
  8. Using water can cause flaming oil to splatter and spread. A kitchen fire extinguisher or covering the fryer with a metal lid is the best way to putout a grease fire.
  9. Call 911 immediately if a grease fire occurs.

LEFTOVER FRIED FOODS?

Ideally refrigerate leftovers within 2 hours of frying (1 hour if the temperature is above 90 º F).

Cooked food left over 2 hours at room temperature can cause rapid bacteria growth and make the food unsafe to eat.

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