What kind of oil for frying donuts?
I'm making homemade donuts, with my new deep-fryer. What kind of oil would be compatible with these sweet confections? I'd like to avoid peanut oil, since some of my guests are allergic. Also, I'm reluctant to melt a can of solid white shortning (trans-fat and all that), so I'd prefer somethig vegetable, if possible.
Any suggestions? What do donut shops use?
plain old, 100% quality vegetable oil would be fine for what you are doing. Sure, other frying mediums may impart a little more flavor, but if you are looking for something without the trans fats, then veggy oil is fine for deep frying. Smoke points on veg oil are way above the 350 or 375 degrees that you'd fry donuts in. In fact the smoke point for all common oils is way above any temperature that you'd ever deep fry in, so I'm not actually sure why anyone pays the extra money to use peanut oil for deep-frying. I can understand peanut oil for sauteeing or stir-frying, where temperatures are much higher, but deep-frying?
Anyhow, 100% veg oil is a good, neutral oil that is really inexpensive. You could also use canola or safflower oil as well.
If you want something w/o trans-fats, tastes great, and isn't a common allergen, I'd recommend fresh leaf lard (not the stuff that comes in bricks in most supermarkets). It's a fantastic frying medium for donuts.
A great mail order source for freshly rendered lard is Dietrich's Meats in Krumsville, PA. (610) 756-6344