At Home Fried Food

Tips of the trade for frying at home, plus 5 great recipes


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At Home Fried Food Deep frying at home is a commitment. There are certain things required to get started: oil, a deep pot (or deep fryer), a cooking thermometer, the acknowledgement that your entire house will smell like grease for at least the next two days.

Grease smells aside, it's all worth it. Fluffy, breaded batter gives way to whatever crispy/gooey/crunchy thing you've cooked so deliciously inside.

So long as your oil is hot enough before frying (thank you, trusted thermometer), your food should be beautifully cooked without feeling greasy. When the oil is hot enough, the food will actually cook by steaming within the batter, so you'll completely avoid that bogged down greasy feel.

To ensure this, always heat oil completely to a temperature between 350 and 375 degrees Fahrenheit before throwing your pre-battered food in. Other success-guaranteeing tips include always removing your fried food from the oil with a slotted spoon, remembering to place fried food on a few paper towels before serving, and making sure that the oil is deep enough in the pot to fully cover the food being fried.

Got these jotted down? Now you're ready to start frying! Read on for five great first time frying recipes.

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