How Does a Deep Fryer Work?

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Deep fryers, as the name implies, are kitchen equipment used to submerge food in hot fat or oil as most users tend to do. The process of deep frying is rather straightforward as deep fryers are used for cooking food items which require entirely submerging in oil/fat.

The deep fryers can be used to prepare food item in these easy steps:

Step I: Choose the right oil/fat for use

The right oil or fat would come a long way in getting you the perfect output. So be thorough in selecting the right oil.

Step II: Put enough oil in the deep fryer

After selecting the right oil you’ll be using in the deep fryer, the next point of action is placing the oil in the deep fryer; of course, you shouldn’t overfill it or under fill it. If your deep fryer unit has max and minimum fill lines, then use them as a guide to place the required quantity of oil.

Step III: Power on the Deep Fryer and Ensure the Heat level is perfect

Depending on the kind of deep fryer you have, power it on the way it should be put on and set the temperature to your desired level. If your machine has a timer, you can also set a time. Deep frying typically requires between 350 to 375 degrees Fahrenheit, so be careful not to exceed the temperature limit.

If your equipment has a thermostat, then you are in luck, else you might need a thermostat to ensure the deep fryer has perfect heat level.

Step IV: Deep fry only dry food

Before deep frying, ensure that the food items are properly dry because oil and water are not mixable. You can use a dusting to keep the item dry or keep the item protected from water. For instance, when freshly cut potatoes can be dried with a kitchen towel or a paper towel before putting in the cooking oil to avoid splashing hot oil.

Step V: Gently place food in the deep fryer

Putting food items into the deep fryer can be easy to do, as most recent models come with an attached basket which is used to insert food and lower it into the boiling oil. If, however, you are using a model which does not have a basket, you would need to use a slotted spoon or gently place the food item inside the deep fryer filled with oil/fat.

Step VI: Use a timer if you please

Depending on the food item you are cooking, and the time required for it to be ready for consumption, you have to be careful and keep watch over it so that it would be brought out at the precise moment. Keeping the food for long hours in the oil would overcook it and make it greasy. Also, the food would lose its moisture content which is required to repel excess oil.

Overcooking is a serious problem, and thus some fryers come with timers built in to make it more convenient to cook without overcooking the food. If your machine, however, doesn’t have a timer, you can make do with your phone’s timer or that of your microwave or even the oven – just something to ensure you your timing is right.

Step VII: Fried and Ready for Removal

Once you are satisfied with the fried food, it’s now time to remove it. Depending on the type of deep fryer you have, the removal would vary. A deep fryer that has a basket would require the basket to be lifted out of the oil while those without would need a slotted spoon to get the food items out.

When using a slotted spoon, make sure you take out the items carefully and that excess oil drains from the opening of the spoon.

Step VIII: Leave the food to settle and dry

After removal, it’s time to let it settle. You can choose to put it in a basket or dry it with a towel, or you can put it on a drying rack. The most important thing is to let it dry as the excess oil is not good for the health.