Having a deep fryer in the kitchen is not first priority for many households, but after our experiment with foods and frying we think it should be. We took some of our favorite foods and recipes to see if they came out any better with this small appliance and were amazed with the results we found:
Potatoes are like air in our house. Baked, mashed, home fried, we have them with almost every meal. French fries however were always saved for take-out unless they were the frozen variety that got baked in the oven. Fresh French fries cooked from scratch however were amazing and a snap to make using the deep fryer. We just sliced the potatoes into strips (keep them wet in salted water) and when the oil was hot enough threw them in.
The potatoes were done when golden brown, about 5 minutes. Let them drain and then place them on a clean cloth to wipe off the excess oil. Check out some reviews on our recommended oil types. Season how you want, and voila! French fries that can compete with McDonalds.
Another fast food staple that is hard to duplicate at home. Or at least until you get a deep fryer. We tried a few methods with fried chicken to see which had the best overall crunch and flavor. Batter fried didn’t work that great. I think there you have to freeze the batter onto the chicken and then put it into the fryer still frozen. The only way that would work for me is if the chicken was cooked first, and that takes the fun out of it. Breaded was great though and with the right seasonings you can change up the flavor any way you want.
The favorite deep fried chicken used mustard as the “glue” and a breading that was seasoned slightly with cayenne pepper. This was a deep fried spicy dinner that could have came from the Colonel’s kitchen.
Getting kids to eat veggies is always a challenge. A tempura recipe allows you to batter fry them to give a new, crunchy texture and more flavor. The trouble is with batter and the home deep fryer, so make sure if you do this you are prepared to change out the oil after wards. Chunks of the batter will come off and ruin it.
The end result however was delicious vegetable sides that were perfect for dipping. Try using broccoli, red pepper, zucchini and cauliflower. These vegetables worked best with deep frying.
The verdict is that having a deep fryer makes cooking easier and gives you more options. If you are looking for ways to spice up your menu, a deep fryer in the kitchen is a good place to start.