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Deep Frying

Deith Nov 14, 2007 02:04 PM

I just bought a deep fryer and I find that my battered food i.e. corn dogs and onion rings stick to the metal grated basket..Any tips????

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    ricepad Nov 14, 2007 02:34 PM

    Are you putting the food in the basket and then lowering it into the oil? If so, there's your problem. Immerse the basket, THEN put the food items in the oil, slowly lowering them, and holding them for a fraction of a second before you release them. That will allow the batter to cook a little before it sinks to the bottom and hits the basket.

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    1. re: ricepad
      digkv Nov 14, 2007 08:43 PM

      I agree with ricepad, your problem probably is that you are putting the uncooked food into the basket before it is in the fryer. Just leave the basket there and only use it take out your food. If that's not it, check your oil temp and make sure not to overload the fryer with too much food at once.

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      BatMan Nov 15, 2007 08:22 AM

      What type of oil are you using? I have a new one, too and have never used it. I've heard peanut oil is the best - just not sure why...

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      1. re: BatMan
        lamster Nov 15, 2007 08:30 AM

        Peanut oil is best. IMHO peanut oil creates a "cleaner" crisp, and taste - not overly oily. I use it when frying turkey, potato chips, buffalo wings, egg rolls, etc.

        1. re: BatMan
          ricepad Nov 15, 2007 09:37 AM

          Not only does peanut oil have a fairly neutral flavor, it also has a high smoke point, so it'll withstand accidental overheating better than most other oils.

        2. chef chicklet Nov 15, 2007 08:34 AM

          I like to get the basket hot too, let it sit in the oil first as well.

          1. alkapal Nov 15, 2007 10:48 AM

            ditto on peanut oil. make sure your oil is up to temperature before adding the food.

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              Deith Nov 22, 2007 11:47 AM

              Thanks everyone..the suggestions really helped...I also agree on the neutral flavor of the peanut oil....

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                violabratsche Nov 22, 2007 12:27 PM

                Peanut oil: is that taboo for those with peanut allergies?
                If so, that'd be one of those situations, to be aware of who it's being served to.


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                1. re: violabratsche
                  nosh Nov 22, 2007 01:47 PM

                  Different thoughts on this. Obviously the correct choice would be to be overly protective, since the consequences could be so dire. But Alton Brown in one of his shows said that most commercial peanut oil did not contain the offending element, though allergy sufferers needed to avoid cold-pressed(?) or certain blends.

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