What is the best oil to use for DEEP FRYING?
You want to choose a refined oil that is stable at high temperatures. Oils that have higher smoke points begin to break down as they produce toxic fumes. All oils produce a smoke point as their temperature hits the high heat zone, but as the oil continues to heat the smoke zone stops.
Remember that all oils break down becoming rancid signaled by an odor. Using fresh oil when deep frying produces more flavorful meals. Using old or rancid oil has been connected to obesity and cancer. Oils must be stored in a dark place (out of direct sunlight) and never near your cooking area where heat from cooking units can affect the life span of your oil.
Not All Oils are Deep-Frying Oils
Vegetable Oil – The best oil for deep-frying as it withstands high-temperature cooking. This oil is stable and, plant-based. Check the nutrition label on the container to ensure the oil is plant based. Stay away from Canola, Soybean or Sunflower oils due to their high levels of saturated, monounsaturated and polyunsaturated fats. Many cheap oils are a mixture of fats that aren’t good for regular consumption.
Olive Oil – Virgin or Extra Virgin is the best cooking oil suitable for deep-frying because of the oil and its high smoke point. This oil has high health benefits when it is least refined. Olive oil labeled pure and light cancels out the nutritional advantages of the vitamins, minerals and antioxidants. The “natural” olive oil, not “pure” or “light” retain the health benefits of the oil.
Your Deep Fryer
If you are using an electric deep-fryer, follow the instructions that came with your unit. Always be sure to read deep fryer reviews to ensure you’re using the safest and best model for your price range.
If you are using a pot for frying select one suitable to handle the food you are frying. A pot that maintains a constant temperature and uses a straining basket with a secure handle. The frying temperature must be between 375 degrees and 400 degrees Fahrenheit. Having a thermometer is important to monitor the heat of your oil.
NEVER LEAVE YOUR POT OR DEEP FRYER UNATTENDED. IF YOU ARE USING A POT AND BASKET ON TOP OF YOUR STOVE, BE SURE TO “WATCH THE POT” AT ALL TIMES MONITORING THE TEMPERATURE. When oil gets too hot and starts to smoke, turn it off immediately. This situation could become extremely dangerous. Use your kitchen smarts!
Rules for Deep Frying
- Don’t crowd your deep fryer. Crowding the pot lowers the frying temperature.
- Unsure of your deep frying skills? Practice deep-frying with chicken.
- If the temperature is too low, your food will soak up the oil and your meal will be greasy.
- When lifting the basket out of the fryer, shake to remove the excess oil.
- Season the flour you plan to use for coating your fries or fish.
- If you are using a batter ensure the batter is thick so the batter cooks to a golden tone and the fish or meat will be cooked by the steam inside of the batter.